September 26, 2007

SAVING MAHMOUD:

Iranians angered by treatment of leader (The Associated Press, September 25, 2007)

Many Iranians reacted angrily Tuesday to the combative introduction of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by the president of Columbia University, calling it "shameful" and saying the harsh words only added to their image of the United States as a bully.

In a part of the world where the tradition of hospitality outweighs personal opinions toward a person, many here thought Lee Bollinger's aggressive tone before Ahmadinejad's appearance - including saying that he exhibited the signs of a "petty and cruel dictator" - was over the top.


The danger of holding a people in contempt is that you assume they're contemptuous of themselves as well.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 26, 2007 6:26 AM
Comments

Columbia has treated America the same way, every day, for decades. No wonder they gooned the event.

Posted by: Luciferous at September 26, 2007 11:40 AM
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