Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, wants to come to New York next week to address the United Nations General Assembly. Pundits are clamoring that he shouldn't be granted a visa because of his anti-US, anti-Israel, and anti-Semitic rhetoric, his support for terrorism throughout the world, and a laundry list of other heinous activities and statements.
This guy is crazy – a dangerous fanatic trying like mad to get his hands on nuclear weapons so he can obliterate Israel and the US. We can tell that to the world, but he's the only one who can show the world.
So I say, let the guy come. Let him speak before the UN - the bigger the podium the better. Make sure the cameras are on him – all the time and from every angle. And then YouTube him.
Remember last year? The fearless Iranian leader addressed the UN with a rambling, hysterical speech – and later bragged that there was a golden glow around his head when he spoke. He claimed all the world's leaders saw it and they were transfixed, "they didn't blink".
Hmmmm…what do you think will happen this year when he speaks? How can he top the golden glow routine? Will he levitate?
Let's show his own countryman what he looks like on a world stage. Iran's Achilles' heel is its demographics – 75% of their population is under the age of 35 and decidedly pro-West. How proud will they be when they see their fearless leader - pasty, scruffy, vertically challenged and wearing a crumbled zip-up jacket that looks like it came from the bargain bin in a Tehran thrift shop. He looks more like a panhandler at the Port Authority Bus Terminal than the President of an aspiring world power.
In politics, a picture is worth a thousand words. Remember Nikita Khrushchev? He was the Communist dictator of the Soviet Union in the 1960's, when we thought the Soviets had more nukes and missiles than we did and nuclear war was around the corner. He came to the UN too, in October 1960 and made a fool of himself. Khrushchev shook his fist and threatened to bury the west. In case we didn't get the message, he took off his shoe and banged it repeatedly on his desk. Real class.
What happened? Americans were appalled, and a month later elected the hawkish John F. Kennedy president in part because he promised to close the "missile gap" with Mr. Khrushchev. Kennedy went on to win the Cuban Missile Crisis – the nuclear standoff between us and the Soviets. As for Mr. Khrushchev? Well, a few years later his Communist Party compatriots tossed him out of office, because of his erratic policies and embarrassing, buffoonish behavior.
Let's give Mr. Ahmadinejad his moment on the world stage. Let other world leaders decide if this is a guy they want to trust waving around nukes in the most dangerous neighborhood in the world. Let his fellow countrymen decide if this is the guy they want leading them into a potential Middle East conflagration.
And, while he's here, let's throw in a real New York welcome to Mr. Ahmadinejad. As a foreign dignitary, he's entitled to escort and protection from the New York Police Department. Mayor Bloomberg should assign him New York's best and most professional police officers. Only make sure they're all Jewish. Or even better, female and Jewish. And make sure that part gets on YouTube, too.