Breaking: People in Iran notice when you treat their President like crap

September 25, 2007 by  

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is, by all accounts, a religious extremist, a criminal, and a man who loves to agitate. Of course, the same is said of George W. Bush, and I’d prefer that he wasn’t introduced to audiences at major universities as a “cruel and petty dictator.”

Iranians hold their own president in about as high a regard as Americans hold theirs, on average. And, like Americas, Iranians actually notice when the leader of their nation is ridiculed publicly by people who should know better. They’re funny like that.

“Iranians decry harsh words for president”

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iranians expressed dismay Tuesday at the tough reception given to their president in New York, saying his host was rude and only fueled the image of the United States as a bully.

The scenes at Monday’s question-and-answer session at Columbia University and the outpouring of venom toward President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by protesters during his U.S. visit could bolster the hard-line leader at a time of high tensions with Washington.

Columbia President Lee Bollinger’s statement — including telling Ahmadinejad that he resembles a “petty and cruel dictator” — offended Iranians on many levels, not least that of simple hospitality. In traditions of the region, a host should be polite to a guest, no matter what he thinks of him.

The chancellors of seven Iranian universities issued a letter to Bollinger saying his “insult, in a scholarly atmosphere, to the president of a country with … a recorded history of 7,000 years of civilization and culture is deeply shameful.”

They invited Bollinger to Iran, adding, “You can be assured that Iranians are very polite and hospitable toward their guests.”

Why do some Americans think that acting like a childish bully is proper behavior? How did that become a national stereotype? Being narcissistic and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

–WKW

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