As if anticipating the left's insidious attempts to steal their fire -- by turning their sacred precinct into an anti-American bully pulpit -- the angry gods of Ground Zero blew up a sandstorm of warning on the one-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (Merlin-Net Photo)
Contemptuous of everyday Americans' ability to decide what's best for themselves -- and afraid to admit what they're really up to -- fire-and-brimstone lay preachers of the anti-American left are working furiously behind the scenes to rob Ground Zero of its genius loci (spirit of the place). "A Blame America Monument is not what we need or deserve. But it looks like one is already in the works," writes a justifiably outraged Michelle Malkin in "The desecration of Ground Zero" at Town Hall:
In a startling op-ed printed in the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday [now available to all at Opinion Journal], Debra Burlingame exposed "The Great Ground Zero Heist." Burlingame is on the board of directors of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation and the sister of Charles F. "Chic" Burlingame III, pilot of American Airlines fight 77, which terrorists crashed into the Pentagon on 9/11. She reports that the World Trade Center memorial will encompass a "cultural complex" whose primary tenant will be something called the "International Freedom Center."
The public will have come to see 9/11 but will be given a high-tech, multimedia tutorial about man's inhumanity to man, from Native American genocide to the lynchings and cross-burnings of the Jim Crow South, from the Third Reich's Final Solution to the Soviet gulags and beyond. This is a history all should know and learn, but dispensing it over the ashes of Ground Zero is like creating a Museum of Tolerance over the sunken graves of the USS Arizona.
We are reminded of Daniel Henninger's call a couple of years back for honoring the spirit of the place at Ground Zero by leaving it mostly open. His sentiments resonate a hundredfold now in light of leftists' attempts to fill the space with their p.c. chatter and appropriate the spiritual power of this hallowed ground for their cheap, anti-American political agenda. It calls to mind the "sympathetic magic" of cannibals who believe they take on the strength of slain enemies by eating them.
Bush-Hater-in-Chief George Soros' "spirit infuses this grievance-mongering enterprise," says Michelle Malkin. (Photo from Soros website)
If you think we -- and the immediate right half of the blogosphere -- are getting hysterical over nothing, Michelle advises us to "take a closer look at the chief movers and shakers behind the project"
Tom Bernstein, a deep-pocketed Hollywood financier and real estate mogul, is the primary driver behind the IFC. Bernstein's longime friendship and business partnership with Yale classmate George W. Bush gives cover to his radical activism as president of Human Rights First. The group opposed Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez over the administration's preventive detention policies and has joined with the ACLU in mau-mauing the Pentagon over alleged prisoner abuse . . .
Burlingame also reports that Anthony Romero, ACLU executive director, "is pushing IFC organizers for exhibits that showcase how civil liberties in this country have been curtailed since September 11." Then there's billionaire Bush-basher George Soros, who Burlingame reports is an early funder and supporter of the IFC and whose spirit infuses this grievance-mongering enterprise.
It's those forces of darkness again, lurking just beyond the campfire of civilization. Freedom isn't free, and we must be forever vigilant. As Charles Johnson of LGF writes, "This cannot be allowed to happen; but we need to keep the heat on or it will. Contact information for the parties concerned is in this post."
Update: Michelle has lots of links, including Robert at Lime Shurbet, who "has set up a new 'Take Back the Memorial' website with handy contact links to keep pressure on local and federal officials over the battle for Ground Zero."
Update II: Mrs. Greyhawk of Mudville Gazette [via Michelle] cuts right to the chase: "I agree they need to be bombarded with complaints; however, I think there's only one who can rally New York and the country into putting a stop to this insult . . . yes, the one and only, "Person of the Year 2001," Rudy Giuliani.
Update III: InstaLinked in the same paragraph with the Pajamas Media Meister. Yah! (Something wrong with the link, so go to the main InstaPundit page and scroll down until further notice. Grrrrrr.)
Update IV: All fixed now.
Update V: A graphic banner from Robert Shurbet.