Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ground Zero visit forbidden

By Libby Spencer

I expect Commissioner Kelly has some 'splaining to do after having spawned a small tsunami of outrage with his mistaken remarks on an Iranian state visit to Ground Zero by Ahmadinejad. It turns out the little tourist trip was ruled out a month ago. As of course, it would have to be. Fully a quarter of that city would shoot the Ahmadilooney dead on sight. No way they could provide security for such an event. He's going to have to sightsee by helicopter just like all the other rich tourists.

That aside, I think the outrage over the request is way overblown. The man is a loudmouth boor, but he hasn't actually done anything to us yet and he is a world leader. He's not the first nutcase that somehow managed to rule a country. Think Idi Amin. Ahmadinejad asked to be allowed to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site to open the UN session. Who knows, maybe he sees himself as a emissary of peace and love, not so unlike our own president.

Sure it's crazy. But for myself, I don't think it's all that much crazier than say, jumping into an orchestra pit. It's certainly not worth turning into an international incident.

(Cross-posted at The Impolitic.)

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  • Ahmadilooney? Great nickname. I've used Ahmadmaninejad in the past.

    Maybe we need to have a contest...

    By Blogger Michael J.W. Stickings, at 10:06 PM  

  • LOL Michael. The name does lend itself to adaptations.

    By Blogger Libby Spencer, at 7:55 AM  

  • Almondine Jihad?

    But as to looneydom or looneyhood or whatever you call it, we do live in a glass house.

    By Blogger Capt. Fogg, at 10:02 AM  

  • Ahmadinjenad has hurt America: the supplies, IEDs, and terrorists that he sends into Iraq help kill American soldiers.

    He shouldn't even be allowed into our country for this.

    He is the Hitler of the 21st century.

    By Blogger TorchofLiberty, at 4:40 PM  

  • He is the Hitler of the 21st century.

    Geez, the propagandists can't get enough of overstating their case. Ahmedinejad must be kept out because of alleged help to terrorists in Iraq, but Saudi Arabia gets a replenished arsenal of American-made weaponry notwithstanding the fact it allows way more fighters into Iraq than Iran ever has.

    By Blogger Intellectual Insurgent, at 5:48 PM  

  • Torch, so far there's been concisive proof on those allegations and as II points out, we entertain the Saudi royal family here and I might remind you that the 9/11 hijackers came from their country, not Iran.

    By Blogger Libby Spencer, at 1:44 PM  

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