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)
In remembrance of the 9/11 jihadi attacks nine years ago today, excerpts from our June 2005 post "The grave robbers of Ground Zero." The Ground-Zero-mosque and Koran-burning controversies that have dominated the "narrative" of late come to mind. Plus ça change …
June 8, 2004. 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" … 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 [exactly the same comparison made in 2010 regarding the proposed Ground Zero mosque].
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."
It's those forces of darkness again, lurking just beyond the campfire of civilization. Freedom isn't free, and we must be forever vigilant …