The U.S. State Department is again charged with the daunting task of just saying “No” to a terrorist who wishes to exercise his right to freedom of speech while denying that same right to his countrymen. Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, believes it is his privilege to travel to a country that he has threatened with extinction to tout his terrorist views in the liberal, leftist halls of the United Nations.
In 1988, I, and many others, mounted a campaign to block terrorist Yasser Arafat’s entry visa to the U.S. A precedent for this was set by President Ronald Reagan whose secretary of state, George Schultz, denied a visa to terrorist Arafat. President Reagan understood that it was wildly irresponsible to allow the weasel to spend the night in the hen house. Schultz rejected Arafat’s petition to speak at the U.N. Schultz told Congress that he had no desire, whatever, to see Arafat in the United States. U.S. senators had appealed to the secretary of state to deny Arafat access to our country until he and the PLO renounced terrorism as a tool of foreign policy. Arafat was forced to go to the U.N. General Assembly in Geneva where I confronted him at a specially convened press conference. I asked him to publicly denounce his PLO Covenant that calls for the destruction of the state of Israel.
In 2005, I began urging the U.S. State Department not to grant a visa to allow Ahmadinejad to enter the United States. Unfortunately, the visa was issued, and the fanatical president of Iran was given a venue and pulpit from which to spout his anti-Israel, anti-American rhetoric.
Following his appearance before the U.N. on Sept. 17, 2005, Ahmadinejad related his occultist experience while delivering his speech:
When I spoke at the U.N. and began saying Bismullah Muhammad, a green light came upon me and I was placed in this aura. … I felt it. … The atmosphere changed, and for 27 to 28 minutes all the leaders of the world did not blink. When I say they did not blink, I am not exaggerating. They were looking as if a hand was holding them there.
Humanistic blinders are keeping world leaders from seeing the true nature of Ahmadinejad’s doggedness and determination to end Western democratic freedoms and replace them with Shariah Law. In a May 9, 2006, letter to President Bush, Ahmadinejad issued a covert threat:
Liberalism and Western-style democracy have not been able to help realize the ideals of humanity. Today these two concepts have failed. Those with insight can already hear the sounds of the shattering and fall of the ideology and thoughts of the liberal democratic systems.
Ahmadinejad is Arafat on steroids and not only a terrorist, but the president of a terrorist state charged with killing Americans in Iraq through exported Iranian improvised explosive devices and using its terrorist proxy, the 65,000-member Mahdi Army, directed from Iran by Muqtada al-Sadr. In addition, he is the primary source of terror for the state of Israel through his two proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah. As the former chief of staff of Israel, Moshe Ya’alon told me, “Iran is the center of gravity for terror.” The haunting reality is that Ahmadinejad has picked up the Saddam Hussein torch of defiance. Instead of taunting the West and Israel with WMDs, he is doing it with his nuclear program and his psychotic belief that he can usher in the Mahdi through an apocalyptic event. In light of this, it made perfect sense to me to launch a campaign in June to mobilize as many Americans as possible to block Ahmadinejad’s request for a visa.
A number of U.S. senators, headed by Sens. John Barrasso of Wyoming and Jim Bunning of Kentucky, have enlisted in the battle to urge Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to deny a visa to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his entourage. In a letter to Dr. Rice, the senators urged her to consider that:
President Ahmadinejad is a clear adversary of the United States and other democratic nations that uphold liberty and freedom. Iran’s leaders continue to pursue the development and acquisition of nuclear weapons capabilities. They continue to support terrorist organizations around the world, which have been linked to training insurgents in Iraq. … Most recently, President Ahmadinejad called Israel a “germ of corruption” and stated that they will be “removed soon.” These actions demonstrate Iran’s destruction intentions rather than a constructive dialogue.
Given that our nation is engaged in an ongoing war against terrorism, it would be foolish to give Ahmadinejad a bully pulpit from which to encourage his violent leftist liberal cohorts in Venezuela, Cuba, the Arab League and other countries.
I join with John Barrasso and his fellow senators in urging Dr. Rice NOT to grant an entrance visa to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Why should the U.S. allow him to use New York City and our media to prove to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard that no one blinks when this Muslim John the Baptist speaks for the Mahdi? His attempts to put a benign face on his surreptitious threats against Americans are repulsive. To quote former first lady Nancy Reagan, let’s “just say NO!”