A lot of people are furious about the Ahmadinejad visit, as am I. The idea that he would even be allowed near Ground Zero is appalling, and I completely agree with Senator McCain that his visit there would be a desecration of sacred ground, and he should be physically blocked, if necessary. This man is not only an enemy of the United States, he is a Holocaust-denying advocate of genocide against the Jews.

Fortunately, it appears that the City of New York is refusing to allow him to visit Ground Zero (but apparently he's still trying). They damned well better stop him. Or else. By that I mean that outraged Americans have a long history of considering certain things to be worth rioting over, and the so-called "authorities" would do well to keep this in mind.

It's one thing for Ahmadinejad to be popular at Daily Kos, but you'd think Columbia University would display a little more sensitivity than inviting him to speak, especially considering the history of anti-Semitism there. Sure, there's free speech, but why didn't it apply to Larry Summers in California? I agree with Michelle Malkin, who said:

Why anyone would consider sending their kid there is beyond me.
Matt Cooper notes more inconsistencies with the Columbia approach:
Columbia University President Lee Bollinger is no doubt trying to strike a blow for free speech, no matter how odious. I'd applaud him for that if he were more consistent and was allowing the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, ROTC, back to campus as well. Amazingly, the ROTC remains banned from Ivy League schools with the exception of Princeton and Cornell. MIT has them. This is nuts, an outgrowth of Vietnam era protests. How can a university president allow a lunatic antisemite to speak on campus but not allow America's military to recruit? The military's ban on openly declared homosexuals is part of the reason and it seems crazy to me, anyway, that gays are not allowed to serve openly in the military--assuming they abided by the same code of conduct as other members of the Armed Forces. But if discrimination were the standard for banishment from campus why not Catholic groups? After all, the church bans women from becoming priests? I had a friend at Columbia who was in ROTC. He had to go to Fordham University in the Bronx for his training. Harvard students have to haul over to MIT. Please. John McCain has made this point too and he's right.
Discrimination? Against gays?

Ahmadinejad and his murderous terrorist government don't discriminate against gays; they kill them.

The man has blood on his hands not just of gays but many other innocent victims (like the women stoned for "adultery"), and he's long been drooling over the opportunity to inflict mass murder on the Jews.

I believe in free speech, but I wish this man could simply be arrested for his involvement in crimes against humanity. That way, he could be allowed to speak at his trial before sentence was pronounced.

In a darkly ironic way, I guess Ahmadinejad belongs at the UN. (However, it would be more appropriate if Kurt Waldheim were still there to welcome him.)

MORE: There's been some talk that if Ahmadinejad wants to visit Ground Zero, the Secret Service is duty-bound to protect him. According to this news report, the "US" (specifically including the Secret Service) has turned him down.

If my understanding of the command structure is correct, the Secret Service is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security, which answers to the president.

In other words, President Bush has the power to deny Secret Service protection to Ahmadinejad.

Assuming he has that power, I think he should use it. He could always issue a formal executive order forbidding the Secret Service from protecting Ahmadinejad if he attempts to visit Ground Zero.

Now that I think about it, I'm not sure I like my tax dollars being used to protect this genocidal maniac at all. Maybe Bush should issue an executive order denying him any Secret Service protection.

posted by Eric on 09.20.07 at 03:12 PM


I genuinely can't believe anyone cares.

jpe   ·  September 20, 2007 6:54 PM

Well, that depends on what you mean by caring. I care enough to write a post, and I might travel to New York if the SOB actually plans to show up at Ground Zero.

Eric Scheie   ·  September 20, 2007 7:17 PM

I have a better idea. The Pinochet case in London a few years back established an international precedent that even a diplomatic passport cannot prevent a government from arresting a person on charges of crimes against humanity. Let him go to NY, and to Ground Zero. As he stands there he is served a warrent for crimes against humanity and his protection detail becomes his apprehension detail. An hour later he is strip searched, dressed in orange, and sitting in the cell in which he will spend the rest of his life.

dave   ·  September 20, 2007 10:36 PM

Well, I care enough to post a comment, but I don't agree with the original posting. I'm no fan of Ahmadinejad but Iran was fighting bin Laden and the Taliban back when we were sending them guns, money, and intelligence. If anyone has a right to pay his respects, the president of Iran does.

I joined the Marine Corps in 1979 with the hope of going to Iran to rescue the hostages. But, it's long past time to get over that indignity and move on. And, it's the holding of grudges, slights, and actual wrongs over generations that's causing most of the problems in the middle east now. I'm not saying we should forget, but we should forgive and focus on improving the future rather than getting worked up over the past.

And, I don't need to go to New York when Ahmadinejad arrives and visits the World Trade Center. I live and work in Manhattan (about 3.5 miles north of ground zero) so I was here when the planes hit and I'm still here now. Ahmadinejad isn't a threat to America and we need to stop behaving like he is.

MarcoVincenzo   ·  September 21, 2007 6:17 AM

Ahmadinejad is not a threat to the US? Iran may not currently be a direct military threat to the continental United States, but Iran is behind many terrorist organizations that have and are attacking US interests all over the world. He is actively working with North Korea and Venezuela to increase his capabilities and reach.

Oh, and he's a nutjob.

Moving on is relevant when the issue is in the past. Ahmadinejad's nuttiness is not in the past, it's very much in the present. Iran is actively killing US soldiers in Iraq right now and actively supporting terrorist groups in Iraq who are killing US soldiers.

Maybe some enterprising students can kidnap him and imprison him for 444 days.


Earnest Iconoclast   ·  September 21, 2007 4:53 PM

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