Somewhere amidst the hysterical media/politicos outrage at Iran’s Ahmadinejad’s request to lay a wreath at ground zero during his UN visit this next week, I heard one reminder that the Iranians had marched in sympathy with us in response to the 9/11 atrocity.

Ahmadinejad is a notorious publicity seeker — the denial of the Holocaust routine that he sponsored for such speakers as David Duke, former Klan head who got 65% of the Jena vote when he ran for office — but let us not forget that al Qaeda is a Sunni outfit and an enemy of Iran as well as us.  But there are some common interests upon which we might be able to build if we stopped threatening bombing of Iran.

I can buy the NYPD’s denial of access for Ahmadinejad to ground zero which would have been a security nightmare with all the hatred of him — and particularly at a time when the UN and all those arriving here for its meetings need full security protection.  However, I hope that the Columbia University visit will not be blown away as well (as one who lives just down the street).  Here is an opportunity to talk as opposed to firing weapons at each other and the next generation deserves the opportunity to do that talking.  Need one constantly repeat Churchill’s admonition that “jaw, jaw” is far preferable to “wah, wah”?  Here we have a chance for some face to face and I hope all with access will take advantage of it.


President of Iran Says He’ll Avoid Ground Zero

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the president of Iran, said he would abide by a decision not to allow him to go to ground zero during

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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