Penn & Teller Give al Qaeda the Fingerby Stephen Littau
There has been much debate over what should be done with ground zero since the towers fell six years ago. Unfortunately, politics and political correctness has caused the WTC site to remain a giant hole in the ground. So what should be done with this hallowed ground? Build the “Freedom Tower,” turn it over to developers for retail space, or build a memorial that all the victims’ families can live with?
Penn & Teller addressed this issue on their Showtime series Bullshit! Their suggestion: if we really want to give al Qaeda the finger and honor the fallen, we should rebuild the WTC exactly the way it was before the attack. This would send the message to both our friends and foes that we Americans will continue to do what we do: live our lives, pursue our individual happiness, and not be intimidated by those who would endeavor to take that away from us.
Warning: This clip contains explicit language (but what else would you expect from a show called Bullshit!?)
I should have checked the status of Ground Zero before posting; construction has already begun on the Freedom Tower. While the idea of rebuilding the WTC exactly as it was before the attack is now a moot point, Penn & Teller’s point about Americans returning to business as usual is not. We should continue to reflect on both the horrors and heroism of that fateful day but we should also move forward. The construction of the Freedom Tower might not be my preference but it is still better than leaving a giant crater in NYC.