Here's what I don't like about the Iranian government:
It is giving bombs to Iraqi terrorists and American soldiers are dying.
It funds Hezbollah, which started a war with Israel during which thousands of civilians were killed.
It is providing sanctuary to Al Qaeda big shots, including bin Laden's son.
It is a fascist state, where dissent is punished and women are denied many freedoms.
It is actively trying to destroy Israel.
It is actively trying to develop a nuclear weapon, which puts the world at risk.
Iran is the world's most dangerous nation. So when its President Ahmadinejad announced he was going to visit Ground Zero next Monday morning here in New York City, most Americans — including me — were appalled. And so was the NYPD. And it has denied Iran's request for security reasons.
Also today, FOX News correspondent Wendell Goler asked President Bush about it:
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GEORGE W. BUSH, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The thoughts are that the local police will make the proper decision. And that if they decide for him not to go like it looks like they have, I can understand why they would not want somebody running in the country who's a state sponsor of terror down there at the site.
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Now, there are people who believe that Ahmadinejad should be allowed to visit Ground Zero, because this would show the world that "America is the land of the free," a tolerant society.
But "Talking Points" is tired of that.
The America haters are not going to change their minds because some thug is allowed to do a dog-and-pony show at Ground Zero. This will be perceived as weakness or foolishness.
The cold truth is that Ahmadinejad is a terrorist himself. If Iran would stop funding killers, much of the killing would stop. The USA has been talking to Iran for months about calming the violence in Iraq and getting nowhere. Iran wants Iraq to be a cauldron of death.
Rudy Giuliani, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney and others have all said no to Ahmadinejad's visit. And the world needs to know how much of a villain this guy really is and how bad the government of Iran is.
On "The Radio Factor" today, I received just one call — one — disagreeing with my analysis. And that caller said I oppose Ahmadinejad because I am "a front for the Jews." Nice to know the mentality of Americans who are sympathetic to Iran.
And that's the Memo.
Pinheads and Patriots
You may remember Vincent Filyaw, a South Carolina man convicted of kidnapping and sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. Well, Judge Thomas Cooper sentenced Filyaw to 421 years in prison.
Are you listening, Vermont?
For that sentence, Judge Cooper is a patriot.
Now, on the pinhead front: the mayor of West Palm Beach Florida, Lois Frankel, apparently sent out an anti-war statement with the city water bill. Of course, it is illegal to include political messages in public mailings.
We called Mayor Frankel, who would not comment, but we will comment. Lois Frankel is a pinhead and an apparent scofflaw to boot.