Iranian President's Visit to Ground Zero Denied
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly earlier said he did not
know why Ahmadinejad expressed interest in the site. "I am not sure we
have the rationale behind it," he said.
The Port Authority, which owns
the trade center site and is the only agency that could grant
Ahmadinejad permission to go inside, said it never received such a
request, contradicting the police statement.
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.Gordon Johndroe said Wednesday that an Ahmadinejad visit to Ground Zero "is a matter for the city of New York, but it seems more than odd that the president of a country that is a state sponsor of terror would visit Ground Zero."
In a lengthy New Republic article titled "Ahmadinejad's Demons", Matthias Kuntzel brings us this chilling scene of Iranian military tactics during the Iraq-Iran War 1980-1988.