Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Freedom Towers

Tristram Hunt writes in yesterday's Guardian about the withdrawal of plans to build a so-called International Freedom Center at the site of Ground Zero in NYC. For Freedom, here, read some of the most simplistic children's-schoolbook narration you would have had the misfortune to encounter, dedicated to presenting the course of modern history as an American fight for liberty and giving US foreign policy coherent by binding it to the memory of 9/11.

The idea came from New York State's Republican governor in the first place, which hardly looks like a coincidence; American governmental politics has been heading down the legitimising-war-through-ropey-historical-narratives route for some time. There's an American UgreŇ°ić or two out there, for sure; time to hear more from them.

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