July 30, 2013

Can't make 9/11 too simple. No no no...

I started blogging exactly one month after 9/11. I had things to say! (Charlene did too, but is not a blogger type.) the thing that troubled me most was not the attack---I already knew radical Islam was at war with us---but the reaction of Leftish America. (To forstall the obvious objection, I don't mean that I did not care about the attacks and the 3,000 Americans murdered by Moslem slime-animals. But it was not intellectually troubling. Over 1,000 Americans had already been murdered, while we slept.)

My problem came becauseI'd always just assumed that if America was ever attacked in some way similar to Pearl Harbor, we'd all come together, left and right, just as we did on Dec 7, 1941.

The clear fact that a considerable part of the country (almost all of them on the Left) did NOT react with loyalty and love of our country in 2001 told me that there had been big changes I had simply missed. Things were not as I had assumed. This led to chains of thinking that extended over many years. There's nothing like blogging to stimulate thought!

The piece below is a perfect example of the sort of thing that started me off. "The way America will look best ... is to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently." That's a very odd statement when you look at it. Nobody complains if the French are vehemently pro-France. No one minds if a Finn is vigilantly Finnish. What gives? And what other normal things would this person object to? (The answers can be found here.)

Fight at WTC Memorial over iconic flag-raising photo being overly patriotic - NYPOST.com:

This iconic picture of firefighters raising the stars and stripes in the rubble of Ground Zero was nearly excluded from the 9/11 Memorial Museum -- because it was "rah-rah" American, a new book says.

Michael Shulan, the museum's creative director, was among staffers who considered the Tom Franklin photograph too kitschy and "rah-rah America," according to "Battle for Ground Zero" (St. Martin's Press) by Elizabeth Greenspan, out next month.

"I really believe that the way America will look best, the way we can really do best, is to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently," Shulan said.

Shulan had worked on a popular post-9/11 photography exhibit called "Here is New York" in Soho when he was hired by Alice Greenwald, director of the museum, for his "unique approach."

Eventually, chief curator Jan Ramirez proposed a compromise, Greenspan writes. The Franklin shot was minimized in favor of three different photos via three different angles of the flag-raising scene.

"Several images undercut the myth of 'one iconic moment,' Ramirez said, and suggest instead an event from multiple points of view, like the attacks more broadly," the book says.

"Shulan didn't like three photographs more than he liked one, but he went along with it."

Shulan told The Post he didn't know that the way Greenspan described the discussion about the photographs "is the way that I would have."

"My concern, as it always was, is that we not reduce [9/11] down to something that was too simple, and in its simplicity would actually distort the complexity of the event, the meaning of the event," he said....
Posted by John Weidner at July 30, 2013 8:50 AM
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