This press release reveals the praise and reverence offered to Pervez Musharraf—the de facto leader of Pakistan who seized power in a military coup in 1999—by Columbia University President Lee Bollinger. Pakistan has nuclear weapons and was one of the few countries (along with Saudi Arabia and UAE) to recognize the Taliban. However, Musharraf received the following warm introduction from Bollinger.
President Musharraf is a leader of global importance and his contribution to Pakistan’s economic turnaround and the international fight against terror remain remarkable – it is rare that we have a leader of his stature at campus.
…Earlier, Lee Bollinger, President of the Columbia University, welcomed the President as a “central and great global” figure.
Bollinger accused Ahmadinejad, Iran’s elected president, of behaving like “a petty and cruel dictator.” The contrast between Bollinger’s treatment of Iran’s Ahmadinejad and Pakistan’s Musharraf—a US ally—reveals a political partiality that does not serve the atmosphere of an academic environment.
Irancove @ September 26, 2007