Wednesday, September 19, 2007

 

Ahmadinejad's NYC Itinerary

An outrageous request

Not content with his visit to the UN, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to do a little site seeing while in NYC:
In a move that has stunned New York, the Bloomberg administration is in discussions to escort the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to ground zero during his visit to New York next week, police commissioner Raymond Kelly said today.
We shouldn't be giving the titular head of a terror sponsoring enemy nation with American blood on its hands a visa to enter the country. But what would it say about our country if such a man, an avowed enemy of America, were given the opportunity to visit the site of the worst attack this county has ever suffered and gloat?

(Via The Corner)

UPDATE: A spokesman for Police Commissioner Ray Kelly claims Ahmadinejad's request was received and denied weeks ago. If this is true, what's with Kelly's remarks today? That this request wasn't made public and summarily rejected is appalling.

UPDATE II: Via Michelle Malkin, Ahmadinejad may yet visit the site. CNN has this reaction from the State Department:
"It is appalling that President Ahmadinejad, one of the world's leading sponsors of terror, would find it appropriate to visit this hallowed ground," State Department spokesman Tom Casey said.
The State Department has this one the wrong way around. What's truly appalling is that they gave Ahmadinejad the opportunity to come here and gloat.

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