continues the us/them evil/good paradigm - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • CB
    • 03.06.14 | 03:09 (IDT)

    The American people are woefully ignorant of world affairs as surveys have shown. You say that 9/11 was a loss of innocence, if only it were also a loss of the ignorance that allows Americans to believe that force exerted by the US is and always has been unquestionably for the good. For each personal story with a picture commemorated in this museum, with pieces of equipment and metal parts of buildings, there are literally thousands of anonymous people, equally innocent, whose places of death are unmarked, whose shattered homes and destroyed villages are not preserved, whose faces are unrecorded,, whose stories are untold. Over 2 million died in Vietnam, over 650 people for each victim of 9/11 The risk of museums like this, including Yad Vashem, is that they can lead a person to feel mightily self-righteous and blameless while at the same time, in the same mind, roping faceless multitudes into the group of the enemy. Identification with victims comes easily, when every display says to the viewer "it could have been you!". Identification with humanity in itself, far more difficult. Such museums concentrate on the former at the expense of the latter.

    from the article: Innocence lost: A visit to the new 9/11 museum
    First published 01:21 03.06.14 | Last updated 22:07 02.06.14
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