According to this morning’s NYT:
After a summer of furious and steadily rising criticism, Gov. George E. Pataki evicted the proposed International Freedom Center museum yesterday from its place next to the World Trade Center memorial site. With that, the museum declared itself to be out of business.
It was always a horrible idea and sensible people of all stripes, from the NYPD and fire department unions, politicians and people like, well – like you and me – vigorously opposed the insensate mixture of squishy pop-culture and politically correct guilt manteling. According to a June WSJ editorial the IFC would have been:
” …’a journey through the history of freedom’–…(but) to the IFC’s organizers, it is not only history’s triumphs that illuminate, but also its failures. 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.”
Not much to do then with the people who lost their lives there, one sunny September day. Nothing at all to do with those who created that hole in the sky. Few lessons drawn from the brave response, even sacrifices of New Yorkers of every stripe to a disaster that was almost unimaginable – a kind of bravery that for a moment anyway, reminded us of who we could be when times were at their worst, and we were at our best.
But that’s all over now. We took it back. Well done.
Sunlight really is the best disenfectant.