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July 28, 2013 - 10:48 am

A new book coming out next month about the fight over the planning and construction of the 9/11 museum reveals some shocking details about the decisions made about what should be included, as well as a sickening philosophy guiding those choices.

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New York Post:

This iconic picture of firefighters raising the stars and stripes in the rubble of Ground Zero was nearly excluded from the 9/11 Memorial Museum — because it was “rah-rah” American, a new book says.

Michael Shulan, the museum’s creative director, was among staffers who considered the Tom Franklin photograph too kitschy and “rah-rah America,” according to “Battle for Ground Zero” (St. Martin’s Press) by Elizabeth Greenspan, out next month.

“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,” Shulan said.

Incredible. Shulan’s philosophy as he tries to explain himself is even more putrid and bizarre:

Shulan had worked on a popular post-9/11 photography exhibit called “Here is New York” in Soho when he was hired by Alice Greenwald, director of the museum, for his “unique approach.”

Eventually, chief curator Jan Ramirez proposed a compromise, Greenspan writes. The Franklin shot was minimized in favor of three different photos via three different angles of the flag-raising scene.

“Several images undercut the myth of ‘one iconic moment,’ Ramirez said, and suggest instead an event from multiple points of view, like the attacks more broadly,” the book says.

“Shulan didn’t like three photographs more than he liked one, but he went along with it.”

Shulan told The Post he didn’t know that the way Greenspan described the discussion about the photographs “is the way that I would have.”

“My concern, as it always was, is that we not reduce [9/11] down to something that was too simple, and in its simplicity would actually distort the complexity of the event, the meaning of the event,” he said.

Who? What? WTF? “…[I]ts simplicity would actually distort the complexity of the event”? Pray tell, how does simplicity “distort”?

Shulan was hired for his “unique approach,” said the museum’s director. I think he was hired because he is a great bulls**tter. He transfixed the director with some artistic double talk and she fell for it.

For the record, 9/11 was simplicity personified. There is nothing complicated about why we were attacked. But by hiding behind complexity, you can ignore the obvious ramifications of the attack, and substitute — like Mr. Shulan — total bull**it.

There is a terrible sadness associated with this story. It is the growing realization that when my generation — or perhaps the one following — is gone, there will be more Americans like Mr. Shulman than Americans like me — people who find that kind of rationalization, that sort of ignorant posturing , rancid and decrepit.

I was hoping to visit the 9/11 museum some day. I’m sure there will be some powerful reminders of what happened. But if the guiding principles of its “creative director” is any indication of the tone and thrust of what the museum is offering, I want no part of it.

Rick Moran is PJ Media's Chicago editor and Blog editor at The American Thinker. He is also host of the"RINO Hour of Power" on Blog Talk Radio. His own blog is Right Wing Nut House.

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WTF is right. Raising the American flag over the WTC ruins is too "rah-rah", but letting our Islamic friends build a mosque overlooking the spot where thousands died...is what?
We know what the Islamist's think: the mosque is a triumphalist symbol for them. Victory over the "great satan". I guess they didn't teach him that at art school.

Hey Mikey, if your apartment catches fire, you get in an car wreck or some other accident befalls you, who ya gonna call? Pretty sure it's the same guys who raised this flag.
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That is the same sort of thinking that tried to turn the Smithsonian's "Enola Gay" exhibit into a great bit wet kiss apology to Japan.
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Because he works for people who despise those who rah- rah America.
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Too "rah-rah American".....? Oh, ok, that's right...we cannot offend the supporters of the MEMORIAL MOSQUE on site. You know, those powerful New Yorkers like the Clintons, the Weiners, the Bloombergs, Sharpton, et al. Such fine, patriotic, upstanding Americans all....I remember New Yorkers the weeks and months following 9/11, everybody does, so what the hell happened between then and now? The anti-American democratic manipuilation machine has exploited the tragedy for its own diabolical purposes is what happened. We are now truly divided where we were once truly united....thank you - America hating democrats.

Remember BENGHAZI!
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It is sad that archiving our history is left to people with Shulman's attitude.

The same mindset made sure in the years following 9/11 that shockingly few images of the burning towers and the destruction were ever shown on network TV - even on the anniversary. I believe it was primarily for fear that it would serve as a reminder of the attack and benefit Republican defense policies and candidates.
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So how exactly is this shocking? It's par for the course for the filthy white leftist elites who now run the country: the media, public schools, universities, all the federal agencies - even the intelligence agencies and the Pentagon have basically been taken over by these people. Embrace and enjoy the Brave New World!
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WTF is an understatement.

THAT is a great photograph, iconic, inspirational, and... excellent composition.

The only Americans I still trust are 1) firefighters, and 2) U.S. Marines.

So, was the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima "too rah-rah America"?

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I hate to say it, but even the Marine Corps aren't far behind the rest of the sellout senior leadership of the present armed forces.
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You are entirely justified to be cynical, but as a retired soldier, I can say with absolute certainty that IF obama were to order our active duty military to deploy against the American citizenry, he would face an ABSOLUTE MUTINY and be deposed. I would hate to see such events occur in our great nation, but even obama isn't that stooopid - he knows the military despises his very existence as well.
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WTF is right. Raising the American flag over the WTC ruins is too "rah-rah", but letting our Islamic friends build a mosque overlooking the spot where thousands died...is what?
We know what the Islamist's think: the mosque is a triumphalist symbol for them. Victory over the "great satan". I guess they didn't teach him that at art school.

Hey Mikey, if your apartment catches fire, you get in an car wreck or some other accident befalls you, who ya gonna call? Pretty sure it's the same guys who raised this flag.
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I'm with you. I want no part of this disgraceful kind of thinking, which occupies the highest levels of our government now, btw.

9/11/2011....Let's Roll!

9/11/2012....Stand Down.
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Oops. I meant

9/11/2001.....Let's Roll. Not 2011.
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We no wat you wer meening ;)
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That is the same sort of thinking that tried to turn the Smithsonian's "Enola Gay" exhibit into a great bit wet kiss apology to Japan.
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remember the Maine!
remember the Alamo!
remember Pearl Harbor!
9/11? eh, not so much
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Remember BENGHAZI!
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Yes, exactly - the contrast is bind-boggling!
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And this guy still has a job...why?
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Because he works for people who despise those who rah- rah America.
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