Argentina looks like an ass.

Intellectuals close to President Cristina Kirchner launched a campaign Tuesday to stop Mario Vargas Llosa from opening the Spanish-speaking world’s largest cultural fair because of his disparaging remarks about Argentine politics.

The article goes on to quote various parodies of the proud mustachio’d type, all drawing themselves up to the full height of indignation over the novelist’s insults to the dignity of Argentina. We don’t need no stinkin’ free speech!

In this article, it looks as though the President has had second thoughts. The relevant sentence is a bit knotty, but I think that’s what it says.

After such harsh words, [one of the mustachio’d] also recognized the request of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner made to National Library Director Horacio González to immediately withdraw his petition asking for the Nobel Prize winner not to be invited to inaugurate the fair in order to guarantee there is “freedom of expression” within the country, thus trying to ease up on the current political polarization that society is being dragged to as part of a we-they dichotomy.

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