Tuesday, July 30

911 Museum "creative director" wanted to yank photo of firefighters raising flag??

Charles Cooke at National Review has noticed something:  History shows that great nations can survive many awful things without collapsing, but can't survive the loss of national self-confidence.

If you want examples of our loss of national confidence they're easy enough to find, but Cooke has one particular example in mind.  It's the "creative director" of the 9/11 Memorial Museum--a waste of skin who goes by the name of Michael Shulan.

Seems there's an iconic picture of three NYC firefighters, covered with ash from the destroyed buildings, raising an American flag in the rubble in what seems to have been a spontaneous gesture of...what?  Hope?  Courage?  Defiance?  The interpretation is left to the viewer.

You've almost certainly seen the photo.  Here it is:

Now this fellow--who, again, is the creative director of the 9/11 Museum--decided he didn't like the photo, and you may be curious as to his reason.

The "creative director" voiced his disapproval as follows:
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. 
My concern... 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.
Ah yes, "the complexity of the event."

What "complexity" do you have in mind, Mr. Shulan?  Would that be the complexity of Muslim terrorists using a box cutter to cutting the throat of a flight attendant or pilot?

Or perhaps the "complexity" of 343 New York City firefighters who voluntarily entered the doomed buildings to try to rescue survivors?

Or is it the complexity of the decision made by those trapped above the blazing floors where the hijacked jets hit, on whether to burn to death or jump?

Please, do enlighten us, Michael.

And you say we should not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently, eh?

What is it about American vigilance, exactly, that you find so disturbing?

I'd take this position apart but I'm already sick of this asshole and everyone like him.  This guy is clearly a metrosexual loon and should be fired immediately.

And whoever hired him should be fired as well--not necessarily for a bad attitude but for the obvious incompetence in hiring a guy for such a vital position without checking into his background.


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