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Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Guilt Trip In Lower Manhattan
by Cordeiro
As a younger man, I spent two years living and working in Brazil. During that time, I worked very hard to learn the Portuguese language and immerse myself in the Brazilian culture. I grew to love both the people and the culture of that great land. Not to be boastful, but my linguistic ability became so developed that I was often accused of not being an American. Some people were astonished when they found out that I was, in fact, a true to life Gringo.

Towards the end of my stay in Sao Paulo, a good friend sat me down in his living room and gave me a set of headphones. "Cordeiro, I think you'll like this," he said. So I donned the headphones and listened. What came out of the speakers was the unmistakable sound of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing The Star Spangled Banner.

For those of you musically challenged readers, that's the National Anthem of the United States of America.

It had been two years since I had heard that song, and despite my absence from any and all things American, hearing the anthem of my nation made me emotional. It was then that I realized that, no matter where I lived or what language or culture I immersed myself in, I was, am, and always will be an American.

So when I caught this piece in the New York Daily News via Take Back The Memorial it made me angry. It seems that a "global network of human rights museums is urging the International Freedom Center to downplay America in its exhibits and programs at Ground Zero".

Now, lets get some facts straight:
  1. The attacks perpetrated by Islamofacist murdering bloodthirsty thugs took place in Lower Manhattan. For those of you geographically challenged readers, Lower Manhattan is a part of the City and County of New York which just happens to be part of the State of New York. The State of New York is part of the United States of America. Manhattan is not an island off the eastern coast of France.
  2. The vast majority of the 3,000 people who were crushed, incinerated, and otherwise liquidated on September 11, 2001 were citizens of the United States of America.
  3. The September 11th memorial will be built on American soil, using American resources, and memorializing a terrorist act perpetrated on the American people.
Here are some excerpts from the conference report given to Philip Kunhardt, the Freedom Center's editorial director. Its title is Bringing Conscience to Ground Zero. According to the coalition members the memorial should:

Help distinguish between American people and the U.S. government in exhibits.

Use reports from human rights organizations to examine contemporary abuse of rights.

Use the museum as a venue for international meetings, where all views are welcomed and considered.
Translation - the International Freedom Center should be made available for people like Usama bin Laden, Mohammed Atta, and the Counsel for American Islamic Relations to tell anyone within earshot just how terrible America is.

Sure, go right ahead. And while you're at it, put a statue of Hanoi Jane Fonda between some Vietnam era graves at Arlington.

The report also expresses some concerns:

It seems that whatever Americans want, Americans get! Is the definition of the 'struggle for freedom' simply defined by the victors, or also by those engaged in ongoing struggles? Will Americans really create a balanced vision of freedom.
Being that the memorial is in America, about Americans, and built by Americans, yes, we get what we want. And yes, victors write the history and therefore define what freedom is. If your country had won a war in the past 200 years, you'd know that by now.

The WTC was attacked because it was a symbol of power and influence. In building the Freedom Tower, the U.S. reasserts its power in an arrogant way: Does this mean the U.S. will not only build the biggest building, but also define freedom for the world?
And you would have us do what? Build a smaller tower and plead with the Islamofacist thugs not to fly a plane into it again? You and people like you see any assertion of power as a show of arrogance. So, yes, we will build something that both honors the people who died there and also honors what they were doing there - pursuing life, liberty and happiness. We will build it tall, proud, and yes just a little bit arrogant. And no, we're not sorry if that offends you.

This so called "International Freedom Center" has no place within 100 miles of Ground Zero - unless that 100 miles is due east and thus someplace in the Atlantic ocean. Common courtesy, respect, and honor for those who were murdered on that day dictate the behavior and comments such a center would promote would be wholly inappropriate to that hallowed ground.

Here endeth the lesson.
1 Comment(s):
That's right. Great job!

"So, yes, we will build something that both honors the people who died there and also honors what they were doing there - pursuing life, liberty and happiness. We will build it tall, proud, and yes just a little bit arrogant. And no, we're not sorry if that offends you."

This used to be common sense. What happened to us, that so many just don't get the obvious anymore?
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