Saturday, September 10

THE "CRESCENT OF EMBRACE" IS NOT BEING EMBRACED

"Mark In Mexico" and Michelle Malkin high-low the architectural design selected and the architect -- Paul Murdoch of Los Angeles -- over what appears to be a Muslin-oriented symbol insinuated into a planned memorial for the forty-four "Let's Roll" victims of Flight #93 -- the terrorist-commandeered flight that crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001. My good friend, Frank Laughter, at "Common Sense Junction," is spot on when he acerbically asks: What about the Rising Sun and a Swastika?

I, for one, do not see anything about the red crescent incorporated in the design that is subject to misunderstanding. This is not architectural nuance. And Murdoch's rationalization is so much hooey. Visitors to this memorial will not want a flier explaining the architect's convoluted use of a crescent symbol. They just want to observe a memorial that clearly depicts the courage of the passengers and the horror they experienced at the hands of cold-blooded terrorists on a day that Americans will never forget. When one visits the Marines Corps' Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington D.C., one doesn't require an interpreter. The impact is singular and intelligible and representative of that moment in history when brave men raised the American flag atop Mount Suribachi.

I hope the controversy gains steam. The family and friends of those lost that day on Flight #93 deserve no less. This ridiculous design for a memorial is as outrageous as what's been going on in New York City, where a memorial for those who died in the horrific collapse of the World Trade Center Towers on "9/11" is to be a mere shadow of the proposed "International Freedom Center."

FOLLOW-UP: Captain Ed weighs in. Do read this!