Outrage over Arizona 9/11 memorial ready to go nuclear? Update: Kossacks respond!

There’s something about it on Drudge as I write this. Red-fonted. With a photo.

Getting the photo accompaniment on DR is like getting a guest shot on Ed Sullivan during his heyday. You’ve made it. You’ve arrived.

This story has arrived.

Ace told me the other night it would be big. Nuh uh, I said. No Drudge link; no alpha bloggers behind it either. LGF posted an item, but it was perfunctory. The boss, for whom stories like this are tailor made, hasn’t said much either.

But now Drudge is onboard. And he’s got a killer photo of one of the slogans: “You don’t win battles of terrorism with more battles.”

Which is true. You win them by watching Keith Olbermann.

We need a list of all the slogans. Espresso Pundit somehow missed the “battles of terrorism” thing when he took his photos. What else is on there that we don’t know about? Check this out:


It looks like it says “Feeling of invincibility lost” at the right. Even assuming that that’s an “event” concrete enough to warrant a place in the timeline alongside “Office of Homeland Security created,” who would think to use a memorial as a place for armchair psychoanalysis? It reads like Andrew Sullivan’s 9/11 diary. “10:29 – Tower collapses. Heart-ache.

The other thing to do is to e-mail Russell Pearce, the Arizona state assemblyman quoted in the article. There’s a contact page at his website, but I errr don’t know how often he checks it. You might also reach him at [email protected].

The left should have no objections to any of this since, as they’re constantly reminding us, they care about 9/11 and its nonpoliticization as much as we do. They shouldn’t, but they will. Of course.

Update: From the article:

Tempe resident Donna Bird, whose husband Gary was killed in the attack, was among the 30-member Arizona 9/11 Memorial Commission created by former Gov. Jane Hull in 2002.

She said all the inscriptions were found factual by an Arizona State University history professor. She added that she wouldn’t have helped design the memorial, which names her husband, if it were political.

One of Ace’s commenters did some googling and came back with the minutes of the Arizona History Advisory Commission’s meeting of 1/31/06. One of the members is Noel J. Stowe, chairman of ASU’s history department. Is he the one who found it “factual” that you “don’t win battles of terrorism with more battles”?

Update: Another nice catch by “tommy1”:

“The attacks gave America a sense of what the rest of the world is feeling, sometimes on a daily basis,” architect Eddie Jones says.

“We’re certainly not as innocent as we used to be,” says Jones, co-designer of the Arizona 9/11 Memorial, which is being dedicated today at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza near the state Capitol.

Jones might not be responsible for the slogans, though.

Update: Here we go.