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Thursday, September 29, 2005

The "International Freedom Center"

The "International Freedom Center" at the WTC site has been 86ed. Now, I'm not excited by the way that this story attributed to "Reuters, AP" repeats the IFC crowd's spin outside of quotation marks, as "fact"; that's business as usual:

[Some 9/11 families] said it would dishonour the victims by fostering debate about the attacks and other world events.

They didn't say that, and I doubt very much that the reporter really believes they said it; he's just in a snit because his side lost and he's kicking the bereaved because, well, that's what the bereaved are for, if they're not willing to be politically useful.

This is just as good: They say the IFC was about...

...presenting the September 11 story in a broader context of a global struggle for freedom over the centuries.... Martin Luther King Jr....

How very delicate of Reuters and/or the AP, not to mention that the people the IFC equated with MLK Jr. were, in an ironic twist, fascist/theocratic mass-murderers, savagely opposed to everything MLK Jr. ever believed in.

So that's all well and good, but here's the punchline: The IFC people have been denied center stage, but they were offered another venue somewhere at the site. On being informed, they threw a tantrum and refused to settle for anything less than everything:

...less than an hour later, organisers of the planned centre said there was no other location worth looking at... "We consider our work, therefore, to have been brought to an end."

They're adults! They're six years old! They're our moral and intellectual superiors, self-appointed! They're... the left!