Little Green Footballs alerted us to this deeply disturbing column in the WSJ by Debra Burlingame, sister of the 9/11 pilot whose plane was flown into the Pentagon. Burlingame explains how, through the efforts of American leftists, the World Trade Center memorial is set to become a didactic lecture on the meaning of liberty in a post-9/11 world that will include a healthy dose of America bashing.
This is so outrageous that I don’t trust myself to comment, so permit me to rely on Burlingame:
The so-called lessons of September 11 should not be force-fed by ideologues hoping to use the memorial site as nothing more than a powerful visual aid to promote their agenda. Instead of exhibits and symposiums about Internationalism and Global Policy we should hear the story of the courageous young firefighter whose body, cut in half, was found with his legs entwined around the body of a woman. Recovery personnel concluded that because of their positions, the young firefighter was carrying her.
The people who visit Ground Zero in five years will come because they want to pay their respects at the place where heroes died. They will come because they want to remember what they saw that day, because they want a personal connection, to touch the place that touched them, the place that rallied the nation and changed their lives forever. I would wager that, if given a choice, they would rather walk through that dusty hanger at JFK Airport where 1,000 World Trade Center artifacts are stored than be herded through the International Freedom Center’s multi-million dollar insult.
Ground Zero has been stolen, right from under our noses. How do we get it back?
I don’t know, but maybe we should contact New York’s junior Senator on this.
UPDATE: Bill Bennett interviewed Debra Burlingame this morning. You can hear it here.