Sunday, June 26, 2005

More Conflict Over So-Called "International Freedom Museum" at Ground Zero

The debate over what will be built on the site of the 9/11 attacks is starting to heat up, with many families of the victims on one side and the traditional guilt-monger wing of the blame-America-first crowd on the other. From the Associated Press:
The debate over the International Freedom Center museum is playing out on talk shows, opinion pages and the Web. Victims' relatives protested the museum last week at ground zero, and more than 16,000 people have signed the Internet petition condemning it.

Critics say the institution is being hijacked by left-wing advisers who blame the U.S. for the world's wrongs — and will focus on events with tenuous connection to the terrorist attacks, such as segregation in America and the Holocaust.
New York State governor George Pataki claims that the museum won't be an anti-American display questioning Western values. But a look at the players involved in it doesn't inspire confidence:
But academic advisers to the museum — who include the heads of the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights First — envision something more complex and potentially controversial.

Many see the International Freedom Center as a place to vigorously debate past and present issues of freedom, from slavery to the roots of the Sept. 11 attacks.

"9-11 should not be something you treat with kid gloves," said Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International and a principal adviser to the museum. "It should be something you debate, that you talk about, that we explore, that we use as a way to think about our position in the world."
Translation: "We intend to soft-peddle Muslim culpability and try to shift the focus of blame onto American society." And, by the way, what involvement did Mr. Zakaria have with the infamous Newsweek International cover that featured a photo of an American flag in a garbage can?

Good for those victims' families who are blowing the whistle on these weasels.