The reason why i did not post a comment or an opinion on this Post, is because i wanted to see an honest debate on the topic it presents between the two groups of people who come to this blog: Arabs/Muslims and Americans. One one hand, I can see the Arabs/Mulims supporting the creation of the IFC, because the prevelant sentiment here is more "If the american people know what happens in their name all over the world- which causes things like 9/11- they are more likely to oppose their government's international hegemony". The idea is that americans are ignorant of world events and history, and are easily misled and manipulated by their governments, so having such a thing in place will help educate them and make better "world citizens" out of them. On the other hand, I can see the americans i know being against the building of the IFC, because it gives the 9/11 attacks a certain historical justification, and gives it the context and the image of an act of resistance, not of terrorism. Compared to all the other horrible things that happend in world history in the fight for freedom (Whether it's people's reveloutions, the Haolocaust or Russian Gulags) and all the people that died for it, the 9/11 attacks will look small, and their emotional significance to the American people will get diminished. Not to mention, the list of people behind the IFC are the kind of people who oppenly encourage the defeat of the american military, and who equate the images of the Abu Gharib Pictures with the images of the WTC attacks. This puts them in a category of people that are dubbed "The Blame America First Crowd", and who are likely to project the image that the average american somehow deserved what happend to them that day, which is something that- understandably- the average american doesn't agree with at all or believe to be true and may find it to be hugely offensive. Keeping both sides in mind, i find myself leaning against creating the IFC, not because of the ideology behind it, but because it's the wrong response to those attacks. I visited the NYC WTC a couple of times before its collapse because i loved the building and i have seen it after it collapsed and the difference is staggering and sad. I rememebr as i was standing there and watching Ground Zero and the cleaning crews working there, i thought to myself that this attack was a powerful message to the US, and it's one that needs to be met with an equally powerful response. Which is why, in my opinion, the best way to memorialize what happend and respond to those who attacked the US that day, is to rebuild the Twin Towers, but - as Ricardo put it- make them "Stronger, Bigger and Taller". Show those who attacked you that what they did was futile and stupid and that it's not the way to declare your grievances with the US, no matter how justified you think them to be. A Bigger and Taller WTC would be a powerful symbol and response against those who attacked it and it would probably royally piss Ward Churchil off, which is always a sweet Bonus. This isn't because i am Pro-US mind you, this is because i am Anti-Terroristic stupidity. If the terrorists in Egypt bombed our WTC, my response would've been exactly the same: Rebuild it! Make it bigger, better, stronger and taller and tell those who bombed it that if they did it again, that you would rebuild it yet again and still make it better and bigger. That what they are doing is nothing but an exercise in futility at best, and that they are just wasting their time and effort if they think they can accomplish anything this way.