Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is to leave for New York on Sunday to address the UN General Assembly, despite calls in Washington for him to be banned from the gathering, the State Department nonetheless issued him a visa and President Ahmadinejad will now give his third speech to the General Assembly on Tuesday, before returning to Iran.
During his visit to New York, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has made two requests, the first that President Bush join him in a debate before the UN General Assembly and the second that he be given a tour of Ground Zero. Both requests have been denied.
Ahmadinejad's defiance under the circumstances should make Iran's objectives painfully clear and that is, that the ignoble intent to visit Ground Zero is not one of mere curiosity or of reverence, but rather an act of profound provocativeness with a strong potential of being misused later for propaganda purposes. Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shouldn't just be denied access to Ground Zero he should have never been issued a visa to set foot on United States soil.
And to our nation's State Department, who issued visas to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his entourage, I ask but one question. "What in God's name are you hoping to achieve with your relentless and shameful acts of accommodation and appeasement to tyranny, are you somehow hoping that such acts will pave the road to peace and prosperity?" Shame on you for defiling the memories of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defending freedom and liberty so that we might enjoy a world free from tyranny. Shame on you.