"WHEN FASCISM COMES TO AMERICA IT WILL BE WRAPPED IN THE FLAG
AND CARRYING A CROSS." -SINCLAIR LEWIS

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Something Someone Else Said II

"It is hard in this age of endless memorialization to even express this view without sounding callous: but Londoners did not turn their entire city into a "hallowed ground" or a shrine for the dead or a monument to British victimhood. They rebuilt, they went on, they rightly saw that the truest memorial to the dead was to show the Nazis that their city would rise again as if the Nazis had never existed on the face of the earth. I have always felt a deep discomfort similarly with the entire holocaust-memorial and holocaust-study industry. As a Jew, I hate the idea that the defining fact of my people's entire history should be what the fucking Nazis did to us.

There is a great Spanish proverb: olvidar la injuria es la mejor venganza: to forget an insult is the greatest revenge," -Stephen Budiansky, Stephen Budiansky's Liberal Curmudgeon Blog.

Meanwhile, nine years after the attacks on 9/11 we argue and bicker over whether it's respectful to the victims of those attacks to build a religious community center near the big ugly hole in the ground where they were killed. Our priorities are fucked up.

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4 comments:

one L said...

How are you really finding/taking in this much stuff about that mosque?

B to the D said...

Amen, Mr. Webb. Shit like this makes our country look so impotent.

More importantly, Vegas?

JBW said...

It's the biggest story in the political blogosphere right now, one L. I'm not saying that it should be but it is.

JBW said...

Ahh, you do indeed have your priorities straight, Mr. Davis. I'm down like a frown on a drowned clown, Charlie Brown. As I assume that I'm the only one who needs to get that weekend off work I just need to get a solid date from you boys and hopefully I can make it happen.