If Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov were an American college president, he’d be fighting for his life right now. Said Sergei, according to Reuters:
“Some of the voices heard in the West with evaluations of the results of the vote in the U.N. Security Council on the Syria resolution sound, I would say, improper, somewhere on the verge of hysteria[…]”
Considering that the two most high profile US critics of Russia’s position are of the female persuasion, describing their positions as hysterical would get you in a lot of trouble with the gender police. That can be a big deal; ask ex-Harvard president Larry Summers.It’s possible that a misunderstanding contributed to his rhetoric. Clinton called the resolution a ‘travesty’: in a surprisingly large number of European languages that means a drag show. We call Russia gay, they call us hysterical. Diplomacy in 2012.Via Meadia urges both sides to pretend this never happened. We have enough substantive issues between us not to sweat a few word choices.