Iranian President and Ground Zero
Hoboken411 really isn’t a place that focuses on world politics, but I’ve received quite a few emails about the upcoming visit to the U.S. from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
One particular Hoboken411 reader says this:
Hey man, love the site. I comment all the time on local hot spots and local politics.
I realize there are all different stripes in Hoboken in terms of National Politics. And I appreciate that. But if the President of Iran is allowed near Ground Zero, even within blocks of it, my head will explode. Please post what you can to protest this. There are conflicting reports of Ahmadinejad’s attempt to get near there at this point.
Please mobilize the 411 Army to block this from happening.”
However, Thursday’s NY Times had reported that NYC’s Police Commissioner had already denied this request.
Iran Leader Denied Bid to Visit Ground Zero
A remark by Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly that the Police Department was considering a request by Iran that its president visit ground zero set off complaints yesterday before the department corrected itself.
Late in the day, it said, the request had already been turned down.
Iran asked this month that its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, be permitted to visit ground zero when he attends the opening of the United Nations General Assembly next week.
Paul Browne, the chief spokesman for Commissioner Kelly, said the request — that Mr. Ahmadinejad be allowed to lay a wreath at the former site of the World Trade Center — had been made by Iranian officials earlier this month in a meeting that was also attended by officials of the United States Secret Service and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Mr. Browne said the request was rejected because the Iranians wanted Mr. Ahmadinejad to visit the area of ground zero where construction is under way, but he said that any additional request that he appear near the site of the 9/11 terrorist attack would also be denied out of concerns about security. Although relatives of the victims were allowed to visit the site briefly on the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, members of the public are not allowed into the area.
What are your opinions/thoughts about this?