Iconic firefighter photo almost excluded from 9/11 memorial exhibit

Posted by: Phineas on July 28, 2013 at 1:07 pm

**Posted by Phineas

"Patriotism. How gauche."

“Patriotism. How gauche.”

Because, you see, it’s too “rah-rah American”:

According to Elizabeth Greenspan, author of the up coming book Battle for Ground Zero (St. Martin’s Press), Michael Shulan, creative director of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, thought about cutting the famed photo from Ground Zero of three firefighters raising the American flag amidst the rubble of the World Trade Center…because he thought it was too “rah-rah America.” Shulan said, “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.”

The “problem” was eventually solved by adding other pictures, “to undercut the myth of ‘one iconic moment…'”, according to the museum’s curator. See, the lone image was just too simplistic, hiding the complexities and meaning of what happened that day.

Just what part of nearly 3,000 Americans being massacred by Muslims waging  jihad is too simple for you, Mikey? What complexity, what nuance, what other perspective is lacking? The jihadists’? Point-of-view shots from the cockpits as the planes were about to slam into the towers? Should you have included a plaque of the text of Bin Laden’s 1996 fatwa declaring war on us? That would introduce some of your beloved meaning, letting the al Qaeda leader explain in his own words why 9/11 was only justice for our crimes, how we’re as much to blame by making them hate us. And who is to judge who is right? Complexity! Perspective! Meaning!

I hope you’ll forgive this simple American for being too “rah-rah,” Michael, but that single image carries more layers of meaning than I suspect you, trapped in a decadent, nihilist multiculturalism, could ever understand.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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7 Responses to “Iconic firefighter photo almost excluded from 9/11 memorial exhibit”


  1. Sefton says:

    “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.”

    Ironically, that’s America’s problem right now – not enough of us are vigilantly and vehemently American.
    So, this idiot can go ___ himself.

  2. There is no such thing as being “too rah-rah America”. As a matter of fact, we could use more of it instead of the counterfeit and lukewarm loyalty to this country’s principles which has become all too common.

    For starters, take a close look at Obhammud’s apology tour to begin his first term coupled with his unrelenting assault on the Constitution. To say the Benghazi attack is a “phony scandal” is about like saying the bin Laden raid was “phony heroics”.

  3. rrpjr says:

    …”hiding the complexities and meaning of what happened that day.”

    We got attacked by savages. Did I miss something?

  4. Steve Skubinna says:

    Makes sense. If we hadn’t been so gosh darned American, the jihadis might not have attacked us. No wonder the likes of John Thurston Heinz-Kerry want us to be more European.

    Five bucks says that when this Shulan guy was right out of college he toured Europe with a Canadian flag on his backpack. Because nothing shows us, as Americans, at our best like shame and contempt for our heritage.

  5. ALman says:

    Ditto what y’all have said! Shulan doesn’t have enough respect for this country and its history. He needs to find another line of work. I hear there are some part-time jobs at a call center for the health care program. No insurance included, though.

  6. vmisch says:

    Damnn straight it’s ‘Rah Rah American’!!! It depicts rising from the rubble, picking ourselves up, dusting ourselves off, and getting back to the business of doing business!!!!

  7. Tex says:

    To have excluded it would have been a national crime in my opinion! It is the ONE iconic photo from that act of war by the jihadists against the American people! And the ONE iconic photo that communicates to all of our enemies, whoever they be, and wherever they be, that any attack against the American people only makes us stronger and more determined to destroy them!