Via our friend Jonathan Schwartz, we learn that, "Wonderfully enough, on the very same day Columbia president Lee Bollinger was castigating Ahmadenijad, the dictator of Turkmenistan was speaking elsewhere at Columbia":
The NGO Freedom House gives Iran a political rights score of six, a civil rights score of six and the status of "not free." Turkmenistan gets scores of seven, seven and "not free." So why all the protesters at Ahmadinejad's speech, but nary a peep about Berdymukhammedo
v? Could it be because no one is agitating for war with Turkmenistan, like they are with Iran?
Note a constitutive feature of our new national propensity to pants piddling: a surrender to official authoritarianis