Monday, August 22, 2005

Another insult to America's heritage at Freedom Center


Once again another group is going to have me using sailorish language. The International Freedom Center (IFC) is at it again. This time they are seriously considering taking advice from a global network of so called human rights groups to down play America at the 9/11 Memorial. What the fuck are these idiots thinking at the IFC? Last time a I looked, Ground Zero was in Lower Manhattan, not Bangladesh. So if these so called human rights groups and the IFC want to down play America, let them find another venue for their anti-American bullshit. Douglas Heiden reports on this outrage in his article.

'A global network of human rights museums is urging the International Freedom Center to downplay America in its exhibits and programs at Ground Zero, the Daily News has learned.
The outrageous request is the latest controversy to torment the Freedom Center, whose leaders have tried to dispel the perception that it would be a home for America bashers.

"Don't feature America first," the IFC has been advised by the consortium of 14 "museums of conscience" that quietly has been consulting with the Freedom Center for the past two years over plans for the hallowed site. "Think internationally, where America is one of the many nations of the world."'

Think internationally? Listen up, this attack was on American soil. This memorial is to remember the almost 3000 people murdered there, the vast majority, Americans. If you want to place your anti-American displays at Ground Zero, think again. Find another venue or quite frankly, you can shove your anti-American hogwash up your collective asses.

'Those words rang hollow with some 9/11 family members.

"I can't think of a greater insult than to invite museums from other countries of the world to come and exploit what should be America's memorial," said Jack Lynch, who helped carry the body of his firefighter son Michael, 30, out of the rubble.

"If you're going to explore slavery, the Holocaust or women's rights, you should do it at Chelsea Piers or on the East River waterfront - anywhere but Ground Zero," said Debra Burlingame, whose brother Charles, 51, was the pilot of the plane that crashed into the Pentagon.

"After all, it was not slavery that caused the terrorists to attack us," said Burlingame, who has led the fight to bar the IFC.

Under fire from 9/11 family members and Gov. Pataki, the IFC on July 6 pronounced itself proudly patriotic, vowed never to "blame America" and said it would celebrate the nation's "leading role in the global fight for freedom."

In April, however, the Freedom Center said on its Web site and newsletter that it had "drawn inspiration" and received "important practical advice" from the International Coalition of Historic Site Museums of Conscience.'

I have some advice for Gov. Pataki and all of New York's elected officials. Tell the IFC to pack it's bags and find another site for their exhibits and set up a new group to plan out the 9/11 Memorial.

Here is an excerpt from a New York Daily News
editorial on this matter:

'The International Freedom Center, which proposes to run a museum at Ground Zero, announced in April that it has "drawn inspiration and received some important practical advice" from a group of so-called museums of conscience around the world.

The IFC's organizers have also cited plans to host exhibitions by members of the International Coalition of Historic Site Museums of Conscience as a reason why the Freedom Center would be a perfect fit for the hallowed ground where 2,749 people were murdered. To which we can only say that IFC leaders Tom Bernstein and Richard Tofel must be nuts. The advice the coalition gave them is neither inspirational nor practical. It is pure anti-American hogwash.

The coalition's wisdom, as spelled out in its 2004 annual report, begins by expressing concern about how religious Muslims would view the Freedom Center and climaxes by offering Bernstein, Tofel & Co. an offensive prescription: "Don't put America first." The coalition also worries that "the average Bangladeshi" feels "his/her human rights have been violated by the U.S." Come again? Exhibits on what amounts to a mass grave of slaughtered Americans will be decided by what the average Bangladeshi feels? Not bloody likely.

Consider this, too: "The Freedom Center is a caricature of the typical American response to everything (telling every story from an American viewpoint)." Exactly what viewpoint is an American museum on American soil marking an American tragedy supposed to express? Oh, right. Bangladeshi.'

It is high time that the IFC is given the old boondocker in the ass and thrown out of the door. You can help make this happen. Be sure to sign the "Take Back the Memorial" petition. You can also demand that your elected Federal officials demand the same thing. Federal monies are also involved in the creation of the 9/11 Memorial. Let's all support Debra Burlingame in her fight to see that the 9/11 Memorial is a fitting tribute to those that were murdered on 9/11 and not just another Bash America venue. - Sailor

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