A Colleague Approves of Soldier Field’s Removal as National Historic Landmark

Professor Angelo Bonadonna, who taught me how to blog and whose server supports this endeavor, has posted an entry on this matter that is instructive and relevant to broader issues of war and peace. It is actually a response to a Chicago Tribune article, by its architecture critic, that condones the delisting of Soldier Field as a Historic Landmark:

"Bravo. How impotent we feel when those in power make decisions so patently bad, but yet with such blind, delusional conviction. The impotence in the face of stupidity is eerily the same here as in that other national case of "soldiers' disfigurement"–the Iraq War. But I can celebrate your critique and applaud your thinking in a way I cannot congratulate the many and eloquent critics of the Iraq War. The hurt there goes too deep for indulgence in camaraderie and rhetorical pleasures. The devastating loss, of individual lives, of national honor, of credibility and leadership in the world—how can we bear even to look on, much less make reasoned arguments against it? Painful and grotesque as the landmark's abuse was, we—you—are not muted from the possibility of pointed critique and verbal repartee. Here where the stakes are but a mere building on a list—however important the list, and however disastrous the loss—we can stop, chat, and learn a little better thinking, in hopes it might help elsewhere. A great service—thanks." [My Emphasis]

Comment: I agree  that those who oppose the war are not entitled to congratulatory adulation. Not with the war waging and American war crimes escalating. This is a tough fight to transform a nation that construes violence as an essential priority in extending its influence. Congratulations hopefully will emerge when democracy and human rights comes to America and the long suffering American people will be liberated from the mania of exceptionalism and demonic ethnocentrism.

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