Wednesday, September 28, 2005


Insightful Letter to the NYT's

Honoring the Dead at Ground Zero (7 Letters) - New York Times: "For me, the most disturbing part of the 'freedom center' debate is the obsessive use of the word 'freedom' in every detail of the collection of projects. It is starting to sound as if we are trying to convince ourselves that we have freedoms. It rings of a project in North Korea.
Just call it a 'memorial to the fallen,' or some other accurate name.
The hijackers didn't attack us for our freedoms. They attacked us because of their hatred, and the details behind this hatred are not the topic of this memorial.
Also, I'd rather that this somewhat distasteful hyper-commercial project not smack of nationalistic propaganda. A real memorial doesn't have to prove anything; it just has to help us remember.
Daniel Newsome
New York, Sept. 23, 2005"

What Daniel says is that by merely standing there, we will feel patriotic. He also reminds us that we have not brought these attacks upon ourselves as it seems the 'freedom center' people would have us believe. (I hope to have a Hitchen's quote that proves this posted soon.) Why doesn't Daniel write a column for the NYT's? :)

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