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Right War, Right Place, Right Time(Burlingame:"the Kerry campaign is not telling you the truth")
911 Families for Safe and Strong America ^ | October 2, 2004 | By Debra Burlingame

Posted on 10/07/2004 2:29:24 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay

Earlier this month, five 9/11 widows held an emotional press conference and -- one by one -- stood before a microphone to talk about fear. They invoked the tragic loss of their loved ones three years ago and declared that concern for their children's future has moved them to endorse the candidacy of John F. Kerry. These are the very same women who just six months ago angrily denounced the use of fleeting images of Ground Zero in a Bush campaign ad, saying it was a form of exploitation that was "unconscionable" and "disgusting." They asserted that neither candidate should use 9/11 for personal political gain, calling the use of 9/11 "a slap in the face of the murders of 3,000 people."

Though these same widows participated in an anti-Bush demonstration sponsored by MoveOn.org demanding that the president pull his television ads off the air, they maintained then, as they do now, that they are nonpartisan, that they are moved solely by their conscience and by a sense of civic duty. At the close of their press conference, Kerry handlers distributed press releases declaring that "9/11 Families Endorse John Kerry for President" and announced that the widows might be used in television ads in swing states.

Sen. Kerry begins every stump speech these days by introducing these 9/11 widows to kind applause. As we enter the final leg of the presidential race, the Kerry campaign appears to have calculated that the war in Vietnam is not the war the American people want to talk about. And so, trading on their status as 9/11 family members associated with the 9/11 Commission, the Kerry campaign is deploying these September 11 widows on a nationwide tour to tell the American people that there is no connection between Iraq and the war on terrorism. This declaration will come as a surprise to the folks who actually wrote the 9/11 Commission Report. These widows may be speaking from the heart, but the Kerry campaign is not telling you the truth.

Anyone who has actually read the report would know that the 9/11 Commission had plenty to say about the connections between al Qaeda and Iraq, but because much of its findings were beyond the scope of its charter, important details went unstated in public hearings or were buried in the minutiae of the published narrative. Virtually every reporter I have spoken to has failed to answer this basic question satisfactorily: "Have you actually read the report?" The answer is almost always a sheepish "No." Those who have only given it a cursory scan may have missed the fine-print chapter notes where explosive information about names, dates, places, and conversations concerning the Iraq-al Qaeda connection are outlined in chilling detail.

To cite but one of many examples, it states that Saddam Hussein -- wanting to curry favor with other Arab governments wary of Osama bin Laden -- was not responsive to a 1996 request by bin Laden for safe haven in Iraq when the Sudanese government was poised to give him the boot. After bin Laden declared war against the U.S. in 1998, two al Qaeda operatives went to Iraq to meet with Iraqi intelligence. Later, a delegation of Iraqi officials traveled to Afghanistan and offered to set bin Laden up. Taliban leaders, concerned with the increasing possibility of retaliatory strikes by the U.S., urged bin Laden to go. During heated discussions with other Clinton administration policy-makers about the effect of launching missile strikes on bin Laden's camps in Afghanistan, then NSC Counterterrorism Coordinator Richard Clarke worried that bin Laden would "boogie to Baghdad" where he would put his network at Saddam's service and be all the harder to root out, given Saddam's formidable security apparatus.

The Commission further reported that terrorist training camps, now eliminated by the coalition forces of Operation Iraqi Freedom, were set up in Northern Iraq with bin Laden's help. Al Qaeda associate Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was given safe haven by Saddam Hussein after he fled Afghanistan. It is Zarqawi, a chemical weapons expert, who is believed to be the leading force behind Ansar al-Islam, the terrorist organization bin Laden assisted in founding several years ago and which is carrying out beheadings and suicide bombings in Iraq today.

As one of 150 9/11 family members who have signed an open letter strongly supporting the president's decision to prosecute the war on terror in Iraq, I would remind Americans who think the presence of WMD are the sine qua non for any pre-emptive war that the 19 terrorists who slaughtered 3,000 innocent men, women and children in a matter of minutes were sponsored by the Taliban, a backward regime that had neither WMD nor the technology to produce them. Saddam may not have had a hand in the plot that killed our loved ones, but American troops found ample evidence that he wishes he had, including the murals he commissioned for public display depicting airplanes exploding into the World Trade Center towers, but with this added conceit: one shows the planes painted in the colors of Iraqi airlines while Saddam's grinning portrait looms in the foreground in yet another.

Anyone who has actually read the report would know that the 9/11 Commission had plenty to say about the connections between al Qaeda and Iraq, but because much of its findings were beyond the scope of its charter, important details went unstated in public hearings or were buried in the minutiae of the published narrative. Virtually every reporter I have spoken to has failed to answer this basic question satisfactorily: "Have you actually read the report?" The answer is almost always a sheepish "No." Those who have only given it a cursory scan may have missed the fine-print chapter notes where explosive information about names, dates, places, and conversations concerning the Iraq-al Qaeda connection are outlined in chilling detail.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 911families; debraburlingame; iraq; kerry; mediabias; moveon; moveonorg; osamabinladen; saddam

Murals Saddam commissioned for public display
depicting airplanes exploding into the World Trade Center towers.

“Hudayfa Azzam, the son of bin Laden's longtime mentor Abdullah Azzam, told Agence France Presse that the Iraqi regime worked closely with al Qaeda in Iraq before the war. "Saddam Hussein's regime welcomed them with open arms and young al Qaeda members entered Iraq in large numbers, setting up an organization to confront the occupation," he said in an interview published 8/29/2004. Azzam added that al Qaeda fighters "infiltrated into Iraq with the help of Kurdish mujahideen from Afghanistan, across mountains in Iran" and that once they arrived, Saddam "strictly and directly" controlled their activities.” (SEE MORE)

Ms. Burlingame, a lifelong Democrat, is co-founder of "9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America" [this website]. Her brother, Chic Burlingame, was the pilot of American Airlines flight 77, which was crashed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Burlingame told Boortz today (10.07.04) they have tried to speak to reporters after viewing repeated interviews with the "Jersey Girls" (Kristen Breitweiser, the most prominent of the "Jersey Girls" -- the group of 9/11 widows who, angered by what they view as the Bush administration's stone-walling of the 9/11 Commission, recently endorsed Kerry), but reporters would only listen and they never they from them again. Thus, with the same frustration as the SwiftBoat vets; they have started this website to show that Kerry speaks for only a handful of 911 familes and is misleading America.

last update: 10/06/2004 An Open Letter to America from 911 Families

1 posted on 10/07/2004 2:29:25 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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Correction in comment text above: "they never heard from them again"


2 posted on 10/07/2004 2:31:32 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: MistyCA

PING


3 posted on 10/07/2004 2:33:24 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

BTTT!!


4 posted on 10/07/2004 2:36:35 PM PDT by HiJinx (Bush/Cheney '04 - Fit For Command - Piper's Pick!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Kerry sends a terrible message to our troops with his "Wrong
War, Wrong Place, Wrong Time" slogan. I can only assume that to those
who died on September 11, 2001 Kerry would like to say, "Wrong Plane,
Wrong Building, Wrong Time".


5 posted on 10/07/2004 2:37:26 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Dan Rather, "I lied, but I lied about the truth".)
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To: fight_truth_decay; StarFan; Coleus; nutmeg; NYer

FYI............PING


6 posted on 10/07/2004 2:37:57 PM PDT by JulieRNR21 (I trust NOBODY BUT BUSH! Take W-04....Across America!)
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"At the head of the group was a man by the name of Farouk Hijazi, President Saddam Hussein's new ambassador to Turkey and one of Iraq's most senior intelligence officers. He had been sent on one of the most important assignments of his career - to recruit Osama bin Laden." (SEE MORE)
7 posted on 10/07/2004 2:42:25 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

You would think that these leftist reporters, Kerry's Campaign, and those 'BoB' widows (don't they remind you of Kerry's BoB, recently MIA due to the Swift Vets?) would no longer be so quick to rule out Saddam's involvement in 9/11 an terror.

With regard to terror, there is a mountain of proof of Saddam's involvement in supporting terror, going back decades.

With regard to 9/11, there are very credible suggestions coming out of the Oil for Food scandal that Saddam very likely FUNDED 9/11, and ongoing insurgents/terrorist attacks in Iraq right now. I site Fox's recent Breaking Point story about the Oil for Food scandal.

This story paints a picture of a broke Usama in late 2000. Then after a fall 2000 meeting with Iraqi intelligence agents, suddenly Usama has money coming out of his butt - which he then sent on to the 9/11 hijackers.

Hmmmm - might there be some connection? Where in the heck are the leftist reporters who spent 8 months writing Abu Graihb stories?


8 posted on 10/07/2004 2:44:03 PM PDT by wvobiwan (Kerry/Edwards Foreign Policy Slogan: Accept our surrender or we'll sue!)
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To: fight_truth_decay; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; MeekOneGOP

BTTT


9 posted on 10/07/2004 2:48:31 PM PDT by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your support!)
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To: EdReform

I'm kinda new, what is BTTT? Plus, I forwarded the web site to Major Garrett, hopefully he will listen to these families. If anyone deserves to be heard it is them.


10 posted on 10/07/2004 3:05:26 PM PDT by hipaatwo
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To: EdReform
bump!

11 posted on 10/07/2004 3:06:04 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (The GOP throw their trash out. The DemocRATS worship theirs.)
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To: hipaatwo
BTTT means "back to the top".

Welcome to FreeRepublic.com.

Glad to have you aboard FR (FreeRepublic.com). Since you're new, I thought I would send you something that might make your stay on FR easier and better. It will give you info about FR and also on HTML picture and link posting, etc.

Here is a link. Go to post #116 first (link should take you right to that post), and look under "Pictures". That will give a walk-thru for picture posting. That article gives a lot of very useful and helpful tips on HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language), which you need to post on FR. There are other related links and information there as well.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/735087/posts?page=116#116

You might want to bookmark that article. Bookmarking puts an article on your FReeper Profile page for quick and easy referencing. See post #53 & 59 for bookmarking instructions.

If you have any questions or problems, feel free to send me a Freep mail or a note and we’ll work through it.


12 posted on 10/07/2004 3:08:35 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (The GOP throw their trash out. The DemocRATS worship theirs.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Bush should explain this at the debate,give these examples and tell the public about the murals,this would help greatly!


13 posted on 10/07/2004 3:28:42 PM PDT by patriciamary
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To: wvobiwan

WHY ! Why doesn't the Bush team get this information out.What is their problem?


14 posted on 10/07/2004 3:30:51 PM PDT by patriciamary
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To: fight_truth_decay

BTTT


15 posted on 10/07/2004 3:59:48 PM PDT by Right_in_Virginia
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To: patriciamary

Burlingham said today (10.07.04 Boortz) the murals alone show a Iraqi tie, as in Saddam's support of the attack on 9-11. Saddam was proud to be represented in the one mural found.


16 posted on 10/07/2004 4:55:51 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Conspiracy Guy

Yes! The only thing I disagreed with Cheney on Tues. was when he said he doesn't question Kerry's patriotism. I do. When you say things like that, it's UNpatriotic. Period.


17 posted on 10/07/2004 4:59:55 PM PDT by madameguinot
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I find this very interesting:

the one mural showing the planes painted in the "colors of Iraqi airlines" with Saddam's grinning portrait

18 posted on 10/07/2004 5:11:26 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: madameguinot

The right is being too nice to the left. I don't like it!


19 posted on 10/07/2004 5:26:08 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Dan Rather, "I lied, but I lied about the truth".)
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To: hipaatwo
Welcome to Free Republic! BTTT stands for Back To The Top or Bump To The Top - sometimes shortened to "Bump."

When you "BTTT" or "Bump", all you are doing is making a reply to an article (thread). However, what that means is that your new reply has now been placed on top of the "Latest Posts" queue. Here's a direct link to the "Latest Posts" queue: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/browse?ao=0

Most people monitor the "Latest Posts" queue for any new replies to threads.

Depending on the number of new articles being posted, an article that currently appears on the news sidebars, e.g. "News/Activism Breaking News," may scroll off the sidebar fairly fast and folks will miss that article if they log in later. A BTTT or Bump (or Ping) keeps an article current or active, even if its title doesn't appear in the news sidebar.

Another way to use BTTT or Bump is as a place maker in a thread (or as a reminder to yourself to "read later"). When you make any reply in a thread, even if it's simply 'BTTT,' it also appears in your "Pings" (or "My Comments") screen. So it's a way to help you keep up when you don't have time to read the articles at a particular moment (which is often the case for me).

See reply numbers 17 and 18 in the thread "What do PING, BTTT and BUMP mean?

Also of interest: "Revised & Updated! -- THE LEXICON OF FREEREPUBLIC -- (FR dictionary, more help for newcomers!) -- (I think there is a more recent version of the Lexicon - you can use the FR search engine to find it).

Other fun oldie threads:

Vanity post - can anyone explain the moose and cheese thing?

All Your Base Are Belong To Us

And here's a good one on the history of FRee Republic:

History of FR

20 posted on 10/07/2004 6:15:58 PM PDT by EdReform (Free Republic - helping to keep our country a free republic. Thank you for your support!)
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To: Conspiracy Guy
You know what's interesting about that whole "wrong war" thing is that the phrase first came into common usage among those who wanted to keep us out of WWII. It was then used in reference to the Korean war, the cold war, and gained greatest prominence during the Vietnam war.

The phrase itself has been in regular use among those who fail to realize that America has a responsibility in the world for over six decades.

And, obviously, still is.
21 posted on 10/07/2004 7:30:58 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg
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To: patriciamary

BUMP for more exposure of this forgotten discovery made by our troops.


22 posted on 10/08/2004 3:54:12 AM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: freeperfromnj

Bump.


23 posted on 10/08/2004 4:06:52 AM PDT by Twinkie
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To: ArmstedFragg

Chants by democrats are seldom new.


24 posted on 10/08/2004 4:07:33 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Dan Rather, "I lied, but I lied about the truth".)
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To: fight_truth_decay
figth_truth_decay,

Here is the entire article -- saved for posterity and for the benefit of reminding those voting in less than a month's time. FReegards from Toronto....
______________________

Right War, Right Place, Right Time -- Kerry KIs wrong: Iraq Is Central To Defeating Al Qaeda -- Debra Burlingame

Earlier this month, five 9/11 widows held an emotional press conference and -- one by one -- stood before a microphone to talk about fear. They invoked the tragic loss of their loved ones three years ago and declared that concern for their children's future has moved them to endorse the candidacy of John F. Kerry. These are the very same women who just six months ago angrily denounced the use of fleeting images of Ground Zero in a Bush campaign ad, saying it was a form of exploitation that was "unconscionable" and "disgusting." They asserted that neither candidate should use 9/11 for personal political gain, calling the use of 9/11 "a slap in the face of the murders of 3,000 people."

Though these same widows participated in an anti-Bush demonstration sponsored by MoveOn.org demanding that the president pull his television ads off the air, they maintained then, as they do now, that they are nonpartisan, that they are moved solely by their conscience and by a sense of civic duty. At the close of their press conference, Kerry handlers distributed press releases declaring that "9/11 Families Endorse John Kerry for President" and announced that the widows might be used in television ads in swing states.

Sen. Kerry begins every stump speech these days by introducing these 9/11 widows to kind applause. As we enter the final leg of the presidential race, the Kerry campaign appears to have calculated that the war in Vietnam is not the war the American people want to talk about. And so, trading on their status as 9/11 family members associated with the 9/11 Commission, the Kerry campaign is deploying these September 11 widows on a nationwide tour to tell the American people that there is no connection between Iraq and the war on terrorism. This declaration will come as a surprise to the folks who actually wrote the 9/11 Commission Report. These widows may be speaking from the heart, but the Kerry campaign is not telling you the truth.

Anyone who has actually read the report would know that the 9/11 Commission had plenty to say about the connections between al Qaeda and Iraq, but because much of its findings were beyond the scope of its charter, important details went unstated in public hearings or were buried in the minutiae of the published narrative. Virtually every reporter I have spoken to has failed to answer this basic question satisfactorily: "Have you actually read the report?" The answer is almost always a sheepish "No." Those who have only given it a cursory scan may have missed the fine-print chapter notes where explosive information about names, dates, places, and conversations concerning the Iraq-al Qaeda connection are outlined in chilling detail.

To cite but one of many examples, it states that Saddam Hussein -- wanting to curry favor with other Arab governments wary of Osama bin Laden -- was not responsive to a 1996 request by bin Laden for safe haven in Iraq when the Sudanese government was poised to give him the boot. After bin Laden declared war against the U.S. in 1998, two al Qaeda operatives went to Iraq to meet with Iraqi intelligence. Later, a delegation of Iraqi officials traveled to Afghanistan and offered to set bin Laden up. Taliban leaders, concerned with the increasing possibility of retaliatory strikes by the U.S., urged bin Laden to go. During heated discussions with other Clinton administration policy-makers about the effect of launching missile strikes on bin Laden's camps in Afghanistan, then NSC Counterterrorism Coordinator Richard Clarke worried that bin Laden would "boogie to Baghdad" where he would put his network at Saddam's service and be all the harder to root out, given Saddam's formidable security apparatus.

The Commission further reported that terrorist training camps, now eliminated by the coalition forces of Operation Iraqi Freedom, were set up in Northern Iraq with bin Laden's help. Al Qaeda associate Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was given safe haven by Saddam Hussein after he fled Afghanistan. It is Zarqawi, a chemical weapons expert, who is believed to be the leading force behind Ansar al-Islam, the terrorist organization bin Laden assisted in founding several years ago and which is carrying out beheadings and suicide bombings in Iraq today.

As one of 150 9/11 family members who have signed an open letter strongly supporting the president's decision to prosecute the war on terror in Iraq, I would remind Americans who think the presence of WMD are the sine qua non for any pre-emptive war that the 19 terrorists who slaughtered 3,000 innocent men, women and children in a matter of minutes were sponsored by the Taliban, a backward regime that had neither WMD nor the technology to produce them. Saddam may not have had a hand in the plot that killed our loved ones, but American troops found ample evidence that he wishes he had, including the murals he commissioned for public display depicting airplanes exploding into the World Trade Center towers, but with this added conceit: one shows the planes painted in the colors of Iraqi airlines while Saddam's grinning portrait looms in the foreground in yet another.

For many 9/11 family members, the most compelling reason for putting an end to Saddam's dangerous regime can be found in the 9/11 Commission's pointed analysis on the subject of "imminent threats." As we forced ourselves to read through the voluminous material which explains in excruciating detail the disparate threads of the 9/11 plot, we were constantly mindful of the seemingly innocuous events which would ultimately prove critical to the cruel and brutal deaths of our loved ones. We understand the Commission's dire warning and wish that our fellow Americans would listen closely: "Once the danger has fully materialized, evident to all, mobilizing action is easier -- but it then may be too late."

Rather than waiting until it was too late to prevent a fully materialized threat, President Bush acted. We believe history will support his courageous decision. We believe the president has demonstrated strength, consistency and a laser-like focus, sending a clear message to America's friends and foes that he will not waver in his resolve as the winds of political fortune change.

This month, on the third anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, I had the privilege of visiting with some of our brave and dedicated military men and women who are recuperating from their wounds at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. These young Americans and their families remain staunchly committed to the mission of protecting us and our children and bringing freedom to Iraq. They do not understand why the media refuse to tell the American people about the good work they have accomplished and the progress they are making. These valiant soldiers believe, as one Iraqi blogger put it, that "their river of blood is our river of hope," and that the pessimism of the media is a betrayal that our troops and the Iraqi people do not deserve.

It was these young people whom I thought of when Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi stood before a joint session of Congress last week and paid tribute to the sacrifices of his countrymen and the coalition forces fighting for us all. For political partisans to call the hope of so many a cynical calculation or a foolish dream risks, with a few cheap words, energizing our enemies who measure their success by the blood and tears of these brave hearts. Optimism in the face of obstacles is not living in "fantasyland." It's courage.

The 9/11 widows traveling with John Kerry talk about their fear of a war with no end, but there are many of us 9/11 families who fear that John Kerry would turn this crucial historic opportunity into a losing war with no hope. We think George W. Bush got it right. We believe this is the right war, in the right place, at the right time. We think the good guys are winning.

(Editor's note: Ms. Burlingame, a lifelong Democrat, is co-founder of "9/11 Families for a Safe & Strong America" [this website]. Her brother, Chic Burlingame, was the pilot of American Airlines flight 77, which was crashed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.)
25 posted on 10/08/2004 10:37:58 AM PDT by ConservativeStLouisGuy (11th FReeper Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Unnecessarily Excerpt)
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To: ConservativeStLouisGuy

OOOPS! Didn't mean to miss-spell your screen name! :-)


26 posted on 10/08/2004 10:43:08 AM PDT by ConservativeStLouisGuy (11th FReeper Commandment: Thou Shalt Not Unnecessarily Excerpt)
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To: fight_truth_decay

bump


27 posted on 10/08/2004 11:03:02 AM PDT by VOA
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To: fight_truth_decay
Exactly.. Bushs first comment should be:
Its exactly the Right War, at the Right Place, in the Right Time if ever there WAS one..
28 posted on 10/08/2004 11:04:26 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: fight_truth_decay; JulieRNR21

 

 

"Ground Zero has been stolen, right from under our noses. How do we get it back?"

Excerpts from The Great Ground Zero Heist by DEBRA BURLINGAME From the Wall Street Journal, June 7, 2005.

"The World Trade Center Memorial will break ground this year. When those Marines return in 2010, the year it is scheduled to open, no doubt they will expect to see the artifacts that bring those memories to life. They’ll want a vantage point that allows them to take in the sheer scope of the destruction, to see the footage and the photographs and hear the personal stories of unbearable heartbreak and unimaginable courage. They will want the memorial to take them back to who they were on that brutal September morning.

Instead, they will get a memorial that stubbornly refuses to acknowledge the yearning to return to that day. Rather than a respectful tribute to our individual and collective loss, they will get a slanted history lesson, a didactic lecture on the meaning of liberty in a post-9/11 world. They will be served up a heaping foreign policy discussion over the greater meaning of Abu Ghraib and what it portends for the country and the rest of the world."

[...]
"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."

[...]

"...the IFC’s list of those who are shaping or influencing the content and programming for their Ground Zero exhibit includes a Who’s Who of the human rights, Guantanamo-obsessed world:

• Michael Posner, executive director at Human Rights First who is leading the world-wide “Stop Torture Now” campaign focused entirely on the U.S. military. He has stated that Mr. Rumsfeld’s refusal to resign in the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal is “irresponsible and dishonorable.”

• Anthony Romero, executive director of the ACLU, who is pushing IFC organizers for exhibits that showcase how civil liberties in this country have been curtailed since September 11.

• Eric Foner, radical-left history professor at Columbia University who, even as the bodies were being pulled out of a smoldering Ground Zero, wrote, “I’m not sure which is more frightening: the horror that engulfed New York City or the apocalyptic rhetoric emanating daily from the White House.” This is the same man who participated in a “teach-in” at Columbia to protest the Iraq war, during which a colleague exhorted students with, “The only true heroes are those who find ways to defeat the U.S. military,” and called for “a million Mogadishus.” The IFC website has posted Mr. Foner’s statement warning that future discussions should not be “overwhelmed” by the IFC’s location at the World Trade Center site itself.

• George Soros, billionaire founder of Open Society Institute, the nonprofit foundation that helps fund Human Rights First and is an early contributor to the IFC. Mr. Soros has stated that the pictures of Abu Ghraib “hit us the same way as the terrorist attack itself.”

[...]

"The so-called lessons of September 11 should not be force-fed by ideologues hoping to use the memorial site as nothing more than a powerful visual aid to promote their agenda. Instead of exhibits and symposiums about Internationalism and Global Policy we should hear the story of the courageous young firefighter whose body, cut in half, was found with his legs entwined around the body of a woman. Recovery personnel concluded that because of their positions, the young firefighter was carrying her."
[...]
"Ground Zero has been stolen, right from under our noses. How do we get it back?"

"Ms. Burlingame is a member of the board of directors of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation and the sister of Charles F. “Chic” Burlingame III, pilot of American Airlines fight 77, which was crashed at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001."

 

Ms. Burlingame's full commentary can be found here here.

Bill Bennett's radio interview with Ms. Burlingame is here.

How You Can Help Take Back The Memorial

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IFC Chairman Tom Bernstein 212-336-6200 (Chelsea Piers Complex)
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Do YOUR part. Use this contact information, NOW.

For more information: 911@takebackthememorial.org

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29 posted on 06/09/2005 5:59:52 AM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines ("I say we take off, nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."--S. Townsley on Ithaca)
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