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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad At Ground Zero:
An Insult To Everyone

Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wants to visit Ground Zero. What the hell is up with this?

The New York Daily News:

    Iran's president - a Holocaust denier, accused terrorist and proud member of the Axis of Evil - requested to visit Ground Zero but was promptly rejected by the NYPD, authorities said today.

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has said Israel should be "wiped off the map" and has called the Holocaust a "myth," made the request through the Iranian mission in New York about two weeks ago, authorities said.

    Ahmadinejad asked to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site during the opening of the United Nations General Assembly next week. The NYPD denied his request citing security concerns, authorities said.

    Ahmadinejad had visited New York twice before, but had never before asked to visit the site of the 9/11 terror attacks.

    The Iranian president is a hard-liner who has denied claims by several Americans that he was one of the extremists who took them hostage in 1979. He has stated recently that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job, carried out with help of intelligence agents.

Rudy Giuliani responds, NY1 News:

    "Under no circumstances should the NYPD or any other American authority assist President Ahmadinejad in visiting Ground Zero," said former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. "This is a man who has made threats against America and Israel, is harboring Bin Laden's son and other al-Qaeda leaders, is shipping arms to Iraqi insurgents and is pursuing the development of nuclear weapons. Assisting Ahmadinejad in touring Ground Zero - hallowed ground for all Americans - is outrageous."

Mitt Romney responds, Boston.com:

    "Ahmadinejad's shockingly audacious request should be met with a vehement no," Romney said in a statement. "It's inconceivable that any consideration would be given to the idea of entertaining the leader of a state sponsor of terror at Ground Zero. This would deeply offend the sensibilities of Americans from all corners of our nation."

I completely agree with Rudy and Mitt.

The response from the White House - frankly, I find it appalling:

    "This is a matter for the City of New York resolve," a spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House, Gordon Johndroe, said. He added pointedly: "It seems odd that the president of a country that is a state sponsor of terror would visit ground zero."

Uh - Mister President - Mr. George W. Bush, yeah you - you can stop this. You can simply issue a statement that under no circumstances will Ahmadinejad be permitted to visit Ground Zero. And if he chooses to do so, he will do it on his own, without any NYPD protection or protection from any United States Government Agency. I know you don't care about your poll numbers Mr. President - and most of the time I admire that you don't - but by quashing Ahmadinejad's
visit to Ground Zero, I'm betting you'd get a boost in the polls. You can stop this Mr. President...you can stop this insult to all Americans.

Contact the White House and tell them NO to Ahmadinejad visiting Ground Zero:

Phone Numbers
Comments: 202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX: 202-456-2461

E-Mail: comments@whitehouse.gov



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