Proving his manhood? (letter)by Frank BelletNews Weekly
, October 13, 2007
Recent headlines and the subsequent publishing of an edited transcript of a speech by the president of Columbia University, Lee Bollinger ("Ambush flattens Ahmadinejad", The Australian
, September 26), in which he heavily criticised Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on the subject of human rights, would give the impression to anyone who doesn't follow American politics closely, that this brave university chief came out with both chins blazing, to give the Iranian the rounds of the kitchen. However, this is not quite the real story.
Bollinger was seriously embarrassed a few weeks earlier with a display of cowardice, following a disgraceful incident, when the chief of the voluntary organisation, the Minutemen - which patrols the US-Mexican border, in an effort to halt illegal immigration - was invited to address the students of that same university and was shouted down and threatened by left-wing radical students.
He had to be escorted off the campus for his own protection.
Bollinger squibbed taking the students to task, and was "unavailable" for any interviews. This latest foray by muscle-man Bollinger was simply to prove his manhood.Frank Bellet,