Posted by: Tony Carson | 20 September, 2007

Iran leader denied on WTC wreath request

A request by Iran’s president to lay a wreath at the World Trade Center site next week has been turned down by police and blasted by U.S. diplomats as an attempt to turn ground zero into a “photo op.”

This strikes me as mindlessly petty. Why not give Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the opportunity? What harm can it do and maybe it will do some good. Maybe the guy is sincere.

As for turning ground zero into a photo-op, mon dieu, it has been nothing but a photo-op since 9/11/01 — complete with hard hats and bullhorns. In fact, the main Republican contender, Giuliani, has a campaign based almost exclusively on his repetitive heroic stances on ground zero (more than anyone else).

All the world has been forced to suffer for the 9/11 attack. What’s wrong with an expression of sorrow?

And what does it say about the two countries?

The story is here: Iran leader denied on WTC wreath request.



  1. Well, I’d say there’s NO WAY he’s sincere, but still. It does seem as though the optics of a guy like Ahmadinejad paying tribute to the victims of 9/11 would be GOOD for the U.S. It could perhaps remind people, even radicals, of how terrible the attacks on the WTC and Pentagon were, and how not even someone like Ahmadinejad thinks otherwise.

    Seems like a dumb move to me, unless they deny ALL world leaders such requests. If PM Harper would have been denied as well (on the idea that it’s inappropriate to have “photo ops” at the WTC site at all) that’s one thing. Somehow I doubt that’s the case though!

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