Archive for Thursday, September 20, 2007

Iran president denied visit to ground zero

September 20, 2007


— 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 Wednesday.

Ahmadinejad, who is arriving Sunday to address the United Nations' General Assembly, had asked this month for permission to visit the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, police spokesman Paul Browne said.

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.

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Zalmay Khalilzad, told reporters Wednesday that the United States would not support Iran's attempt to use the site for a "photo op." "Iran can demonstrate its seriousness about concern with regard to terrorism by taking concrete actions," such as dropping support for Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and suspending their uranium enrichment program, he said.


Mkh 10 years, 6 months ago

No wonder we are so good at diplomacy.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 10 years, 6 months ago

When 9/11 happened, thousands of Iranians held candlelight vigils for the victims. We had the perfect opportunity to open relations with Iran, and bring about a better relationship with him. The vast majority of Al Queda (remember, the guys who highjacked the planes) were from Saudi Arabia, a supposed friend of the US. They weren't from Iraq or Iran. There are other reasons not to like this guy, but he had nothing to do with 9/11.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 6 months ago

Well, PA, Saddam and Iraq had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11, either, but that didn't stop BushCo from whipping up hysteria for an invasion by wrongly claiming, over and over, that there was a connection. The ignorance on this forum of the fact that Iran was also uninvolved (and consider bin Laden an enemy) means that BushCo might whip up similar hysteria for an attack on Iran.

Are you hysterical, PA?

compmd 10 years, 6 months ago

There is more to Iran than its government. Yes, its leader is charismatic but nuts. The military is semiautonomous. The people however are a different story. The people (for the most part) are frustrated with their leadership, confused, and don't know what is going on with the world half the time. Sound familiar?

We just happen to have bigger bombs.

I worry about President Ahmadinejad, he is passionate and unpredictable. Two traits that scare the heck out of diplomats.

kugrad 10 years, 6 months ago

But the Saudi rulers are honored guests at the White House and personal homes of the Bush family. Never mind that the hijackers were all Saudi's.

kneejerkreaction 10 years, 6 months ago

I'd say let the little worm visit ground zero and see what happens. Ostensibly the NY authorities denied him access because of 'safety'. Let him visit.

Haiku_Cuckoo 10 years, 6 months ago

When 9/11 happened, thousands of Iranians held candlelight vigils for the victims. We had the perfect opportunity to open relations with Iran, and bring about a better relationship with him.

Clarification: Thousands of Iranian STUDENTS (not government officials) held candlelight vigils. Ahmadinejablob is not like them. He imprisons these same students for speaking out against the government. I like the people of Iran, but their leader is a nut job.

The US is a free country and I think he should still be allowed to visit ground zero though, even though he would probably offer a prayer for the cowardly hijackers.

oldvet 10 years, 6 months ago

Hey bcman... that line goes pretty good to the tune of the Beach Boy's "Barbara Ann"!!!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 10 years, 6 months ago

"I don't understand this part of your sentence."

Would you prefer I use a language other than English?

"If a nuke goes off in Tel Aviv, and it is shown that the material came from Iran, You will vilify Bush for Letting It Happen On Purpose to justify a war with Iran to seize their oil."

US policy towards Iran has been geared almost exclusively towards seizing control of their oil for many decades now, so any actions towards Iran would have to be looked at in that light, wouldn't they? Besides, it's Israel who has nukes, not Iran, so if there is to be a bomb dropped on a capital, it's much more likely to a model emblazoned with the Star of David, dropped on Tehran.

Godot 10 years, 6 months ago

Has there ever been a reason to go to war, other than for oil, Bozo? Just to head you off, I will answer for you: WWII was about oil, wasn't it? And so were Vietnam and Korea. And if we were go into Darfur, it would be about oil. Well, that is, unless we do not go into Darfur until there is a Democrat Commander in Chief. Then it will be considered a war to stop genocide.

Tell me, Bozo, did we bomb the bejesus out of Bosnia because of oil?

Maybe the holy grail is an oil well.

Bradley Menze 10 years, 6 months ago

Iran has had expansionist goals in the Persian Gulf for decades. To control the Gulf they need the US out of the way. Sound familiar? Ablahbahjabberjah absolutely is a nutjob. Is he going to think God/Allah is speaking through him like last time he spoke at the UN.

Anyone thinking Iran isn't building a nuclear weapon compliments of AQ Khan (here's a fella we should be worried about) and North Korea are goofy. The same technologies, materials and processes do not apply to both peaceful energy needs and building a weapon. These guys are building a weapon and everybody knows it.

The only reason the Europeans won't man up is b/c they're afraid of Russia from whom they get natural gas. Russia isn't afraid to hold Europe hostage with it either. BTW, Russia, China and the new union they are creating with the 'stans and to which Iran is likely to join is our enemy.

Oracle_of_Rhode 10 years, 6 months ago

It's utterly pathetic that we still just have a muddy hole in the earth called "Ground Zero" six years later. Thanks for the nonexistent rebuilding effort, Bush, Pataki, Giuliani and Bloomberg.

For all the talk about never forgetting and honoring those who died on 9/11, these creeps haven't even picked up all the body parts yet. They're still finding victims' remains in 2007. Oh, and the firefighters still don't have the necessary radios.

Republicans are real good at destruction, not good at building anything.

Let the Iranian president come and see it -- Iran didn't cause 9/11.

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