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Mahmoud Does Manhattan

PJM ROUNDUP: On the same day that the Iranian air force commander announced that Iran has drawn plans to bomb Israel, NY Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly revealed that the Bloomberg administration was in discussions to escort Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Ground Zero. Mahmoud won't get there , but he will speak at Columbia University after addressing the UN on Monday. UPDATE: The Iranian leader plans to go to Ground Zero on Monday at 10 AM with a Secret Service escort - over NYPD objections. (WABC-TV) Bloggers react to the news:

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September 19, 2007 - 1:23 am

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 A furious backlash resulted and the invitation was rescinded.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.”

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