[photos:top & bottom:BBC;middle:Democracy for Iran]
When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visited New York City last month, he gave a speech at Columbia University. Columbia's president, Lee Bollinger, introduced Ahmadinejad with some blunt questions. Some people took umbrage. Such as Kate Carter.
Carter, posting at Divine Caroline, asked the question "The Flogging of Iran’s President: Appropriate or Rude?"
Columbia University President, Lee Bollinger, invited Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to speak at his university. When introducing Ahmadinejad, Bollinger said he exhibits “all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator,” and called him “either brazenly provocative or astonishingly uneducated.”
In my opinion, there is something unseemly about a university president denouncing his guest in an academic setting.
Here's a visual look at some actual flogging in Ahmadinejad's Iran. Given his preference, Ahmadinejad would surely have chosen the figurative flogging at Columbia over the real deal back home. This post could have included other visual examples: there's dozens more pictures like these floating around the Internet.
But why be unseemly?
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