Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney requested that the UN indict Ahmadinejad under the Genocide Convention instead of having him as a speaker.

Publius Pundit: “Last year Columbia University invited maniacal Iranian dictator Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to give a speech to its students. A furious backlash resulted and the invitation was rescinded. Think that ended the matter? Guess again.”

Roger Simon: “I have a question for the Columbia crowd, since Holocaust deniers are welcome, would you allow a speaker in favor of a return to black slavery? I hope not. Well, that’s how I feel about Holocaust deniers.”

Booman Tribune: “Under the circumstances, I don’t have a problem with denying him a chance to visit ground zero. If I were a politician, I would be reluctant to accommodate him. But this oneupmanship is really unseemly. We really need to stop and consider, every once in a while, how our actions are perceived in the world.”

Riehl World View: “Our spineless politicians may kowtow to the UN and the likes of Ahmadinejad, but, as Americans, we do not have to.”

Right Wing Nuthouse: “I’ve been wracking my brain trying to think of what anyone could imagine would be a bigger insult to the dead of 9/11. Yassar Arafat laying a wreath in Shanksville? How about Nasty Nasrallah being invited to tour the new wing of the Pentagon, rebuilt after the attacks?”

Gateway Pundit: “Well said, Governor Romney!”

Stop the ACLU: “This creep sent a letter highlighting his thoughts that 911 was an inside job! If we do, it will be shameful.”

9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America: “Take your wreath and shove it, Ahmadinejad.”

Michelle Malkin: “Anyone in NYC know how to apply for a permit to organize a counter-protest to defend Ground Zero? Is it too late?”

Altas Shrugs: “Join the National Rally to End the Threat Now Monday, September 24
12:00 noon, rain or shine
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
2nd Avenue at 47th Street
(across from the United Nations) New York City
I expect every Atlas reader that can be there, to be there. We need to make a statement.”

Melanie Phillips: “Why is the US even considering allowing this man to use America as a stage for his own cynical propaganda?”

Powerline: “There is a suicidal mania that grips elite opinion in the United States. It is exemplified nowhere better than in our elite educational institutions.”

The Oxford Medievalist: “Unfortunately, while Ahmadinejad may ultimately be stifled in his attempt to visit Ground Zero, he will be welcomed with open arms to Columbia University, a university who’s students heckle and shout down a number of speakers who’s views they don’t agree with, but who are willing to be addressed by a terrorist thug like Ahmadinejad.”

Jihad Watch: “Why make excuses? The matters of principle involved should be aired unapologetically.”

Protein Wisdom: “Geez, when did NYPD go girlieman?”

Babalu: “It really is a mad, mad , mad, mad world.”

Fausta’s blog: “Ahmadinejad and the regime he represents hold the same radical, murderous philosophy that lead to the assasination of 3,000 on September 11, 2001. He will be laying a wreath for the murderous terrorists, not the victims.”

Michael Ledeen @ The Corner: “The current kerfluffle over Adhmadinejad’s proposed pilgrimage to Ground Zero shows once again how bad ideas drag us irresistibly to bad policy.”

Dr Sanity: “Do you doubt that [Columbia's] Lee Bollinger would have coddled up to Hitler in much the same way if these “superior” senisbilities of postmodern man had been prevalent on campus in the 30′s?”

Maxine: “Truthfully, the NYPD, New York Mayor Bloomberg, and all other people in authority should have been completely clear and unified in their response.”