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There could be some possible reasons as to why the Iranian leader is used as a punching bag by some to release their pent up feelings :

Aggravating the nuisance value of what he has to say, discredits his views and thus undermines his position.

The more an image of the "lurking enemy" is reinforced, the more you can promote your role as the "saviour". The "imminent danger" scenario helps bring supporter around a cause to align and identify with.

Obviously this is standard behaviour for states. It is sadly unfortunate that Universities have added to the repression of true discussion and intellectual debate. The BBC, main personal source of information; has spent since 1979 repressing as with all other UK press any debate that includes socialist or commuist opinion.

Musharaff's victims are the Hindus of Kashmir, if you bring this up you will be called a "Hindu fascist" and no one will talk to you at the faculty club.

uh, Bollinger rules. After Michigan beat Penn State in 1997, he invited everyone into the President's house. Though, you do have some valid points.

Yes, yes, yes! This is probably the best commentary I've seen on that disgraceful "introduction". And for the record, no, Bollinger does not "rule". He *sucks*. When he was Prez of Michigan, I dealt with him face-to-face over the issue of U of M gear made in sweatshops. He was patronizing and underhanded then. He's apparently graduated to belligerent and crypto-racist since going to the Ivy League. To quote Bugs Bunny, "What a maroon!"

BTW, this is a great blog. If you've got a moment, stop by mine!

So, what are we to make of Lee Bollinger's strangely selective notion of what is a dictator and what is not? Apparently, being elected is the hallmark of a dictator, while coming to power by a not-so-bloodless coup (and remaining unelected by being the only name on the ballot thereafter) is the sure sign of a freedom-loving democrat.

Or maybe a "dictator" is anyone not tame to US interests, while an approved "democrat" can be as authoritarian and nasty as a boil on Hitler's anus as long as he's tame.

But I guess we're supposed to be blindsided by all of Bollinger's grand rhetoric into ignoring the inconvenient, yet strangely salient facts.

On the very same day that Bollinger was berating Musharraf, the dictator of Turkmenistan was also speaking at Columbia. Not a peep from protesters or the media there.

http://exporterimporter.blogspot.com/2007/09/in-ahmadinejads-shadow-columbias-other.html

-Mark

The president of Columbia is a disgrace! He is embarassment to our nation. How dare he treat a the president of another country who, as you say, was democratically elected.

Bollinger's words mean nothing. His is only our federal administration's spokesman, a sort of Bill O'Reilly of academia.


The president of Columbia is a disgrace! He is embarassment to our nation. How dare he treat a the president of another country who, as you say, was democratically elected.

Bollinger's words mean nothing. His is only our federal administration's spokesman, a sort of Bill O'Reilly of academia.


finally, someone who speaks the truth

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