Ahmadinejad Request to Visit Ground Zero DeniedThursday, September 20th, 2007
Well Praise the Lord that common sense is not completely lost after all. Yesterday I told you that Ahmadinejad (a.k.a. “The Nut”) had asked to tour Ground Zero on his visit to New York next week. I also told you that Mayor Bloomberg was working out details to have him escorted to the WTC site. Thankfully, common sense has won (wonder of all wonders) and his request has been denied.
Ahmadinejad said he wanted to lay a wreath at the site. The only reason a true Muslim would ever lay a wreath where non-Muslims died is to give praise to allah for their deaths. Anyone that has any knowledge of Islam knows that.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked permission to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site when he comes to New York City next week, but the request was denied, a police official said.
The Iranian president, who is arriving Sunday to address the United Nations’ General Assembly, had asked the police department, the US Secret Service and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey earlier this month for permission to visit the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, police spokesman Paul Browne said Wednesday.
The police and Secret Service provide security to visiting heads of state.
The request to enter the fenced-in site was rejected because of ongoing construction there, Browne said. “Requests for the Iranian president to visit the immediate area would also be opposed by the NYPD on security grounds,” Browne said.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said earlier Wednesday that the city was considering Ahmadinejad’s request, but Browne said about two hours later that Kelly had misspoke.
Kelly’s comments prompted outcry from politicians and families of Sept. 11 victims.
The Port Authority, which owns the trade center site and is the only agency that could grant permission to go inside, said it attended a meeting with police regarding dignitary visits, not specifically about Ahmadinejad. At that meeting, it was determined that no dignitaries would be allowed inside the site due to ongoing construction, said Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman.