January 6, 2006

There's only one war...

Clinton W. Taylor has a good piece in American Spectator of the Flight 93 memorial...

...I suppose that is an improvement. Nonetheless, the winning memorial to a plane crash is still...a hole in the ground....

...Murdoch's designers bear some of the blame for this failure, but there are three sources of bad inspiration that deserve singling out as well.

The first precursors of failure were the poor design criteria. Murdoch's design responded to a "Memorial Expression," directing that the plan should "allow freedom of personal interpretation" of the Battle Over Shanksville. In a brochure announcing the new design, Paul Murdoch's letter boasts that his memorial is "open to emotional experience, individual interpretation and personal contemplation."...

In other words, it's tacky to express any public belief in anything. It's acceptable to have personal beliefs (it's better to just be "open to emotional experience"), but our nation must not express any belief in anything. Especially not that our people were heroes, that they were soldiers in the war on the terrorists, who deserve to be held up to our children as models of what Americans should be.

This argument over a memorial, like every culture-war skirmish, is a battle in the war. Which war? There's only one war.

...Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure....

This is a war against America and all it stands for. How do you know who's on the other side? It's easy.

Just imagine a different sort of memorial. say, a high hill topped with big American flags surrounding a large bronze sculpture portraying ordinary Americans attacking terrorist animals with their bare hands, clawing their eyes out and stomping on their skulls.

Now, think of all the people who would hate that monument. Leftists and al Qaeda killers and multiculturalists and Taliban and Quakers and (most) Europeans and Ba'athists and journalists....you know, the whole evil America-hating kit 'n caboodle. That's the enemy. That's who we are fighting against.

Read the whole piece by Taylor. It will be worth your while...(Thanks to Michelle)

Posted by John Weidner at January 6, 2006 11:12 AM
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