16 September 2005

Russia Remembers - How About the Directors of the IFC?

In the past couple of months, we have heard of the inappropriately planned International Freedom Center. Dedicating a museum at Ground Zero to issues such as racism, genocide, and other humanitarian shortcomings of our nation instead of remembering those who were murdered so violently on that very site. Russian President Vladimir Putin was present at the dedication of a monument dedicated by his country and a well respected Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli.
From Russia Herald

BAYONNE, New Jersey, September 16 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised that Russia will do everything within its power to honor the memory of terrorist attack victims.

"Hundreds of people from my country died at the hands of criminals when residential buildings in Moscow and other Russian cities were blown up," Putin said at a ceremony to lay the foundation of a monument to victims of the 9/11 attacks Thursday evening.

"I am not sure that the Russian authorities have done everything to remember those who died, but this something that the incumbent and future authorities will have to do," he added.

The monument, The Teardrop of Sorrow, was designed by one of Russia's most famous artists, Zurab Tsereteli, to honor victims of the 9/11 attacks, and will be the centerpiece of a two-acre (0.8-hectare) park along the Hudson Bay opposite lower Manhattan, where the two towers of the World Trade Center once stood. It is scheduled to be opened in 2006, five years after 9/11.

If a nation, who we were engaged in a "Cold War" with for over 50 years, can have enough respect for those who were victims of such brutality, why can't our own people. Jersey City refused to accept the monument, but Bayonne jumped at the chance to welcome the memorial from our Russian friends. Instead of shunning this wonderful gesture from former enemies, we should be thanking them as the friends that they have become. Russia has even donated portable water treatment facilities and medications for use in the storm ravaged Gulf Coast. And again, we should be thanking our Russian friends. They are showing that they are better at being friends than some of our own people. And we should be ashamed for that. Russians lived under oppression for 80+ years. Russians know what it is like to suffer. They lasted through a brutal invasion by Hitler's Army. Withstood some brutal sieges of Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and Moscow. But yet, they feel enough compassion for Americans in need to send to us facilities to provide clean water and medications for our sick. Thank You Russia for the gift of the memorial. And Thank You Russia for the relief supplies.
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