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No Room [Sep. 11th, 2011|01:38 pm]
Tony Grist
Apparently there's no room at the Ground Zero memorial ceremony for the first responders- meaning the fire fighters and other public servants who were there on the day.  If there's no room for them you've got to wonder who there is room for.

I was just watching live coverage of Presidents Obama and Bush and their wives moving round the site. There seemed to be plenty of empty space where they were.

Dennis Smith- author of A Decade of Hope- was being interviewd for the BBC near the firefighter's memorial in NYC. He said the firefighters would rise above the insult- but he made it perfectly clear he thinks it is an insult. 
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[User Picture]From: ideealisme
2011-09-11 12:59 pm (UTC)
Survivors of any war are always awkward for officialdom to deal with. Their testimony is raw and inconvenient. It's easier to honour the dead than to repair the shattered lives and bodies of the living.

God bless those who died on that day and those who had to live through it.
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[User Picture]From: ingenious76
2011-09-11 01:04 pm (UTC)
Seconded.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2011-09-11 01:17 pm (UTC)
It reminds me of how cleaned-up our own Remembrance Day ceremony is.
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[User Picture]From: haikujaguar
2011-09-11 05:35 pm (UTC)
Well said.
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[User Picture]From: michaleen
2011-09-13 10:04 am (UTC)
Having chewed on this for a while, I suspect that you are quite correct.

The firefighters have suffered serious health issues due to exposure to dust, smoke and god-knows at Ground Zero. Republicans have blocked all attempts to give them compensation or medical benefits. Consequently, I suspect that the powers that be in New York thought their mere presence would either be political or risk becoming political.

Yes, the Republican party really are bastards to this degree.
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