Saturday, September 04, 2010

"Building Bridges"

There is a marvelous movie that sometimes is shown on cable "The Bridge On the River Kwai".  In the film, the British POW leader, Col. Nicholson (played by Alec Guinness) has arrived at the camp, refuses to participate in the work of building the bridge - officers, under the rules of war, may not be forced to work, and is punished severely.  He holds out, and he, and his officers are allowed to stand aloof from participation in manual labor.

Meanwhile, some of the Allied troops have been working to slow down the progress of the bridge.  When Nicholson is released from punishment, he is horrified at the shoddy work, and decides to actually build a proper bridge.  Shears (played by William Holden), a prisoner who had escaped the camp, is blackmailed into going back to blow up the bridge.

In the end, Nicholson comes to his senses, and, as the last person standing on the Allied side near the detonator, pushes the button as he dies.

Now, how does this figure into the Ground Zero mosque story?

There are bridges that should NOT be built.  There are bridges with EVIL purposes.  There are bridges that people of conscience should work to keep unbuilt.

Mosques built on the sites of Muslim victories, the short list.
On October 18, 1009, the Muslim Fatimid caliph Abu 'Ali Mansur Tariqu'l-Hakim destroyed, down to the bedrock, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, a Christian church venerated by most Christians as Golgotha, the Hill of Calvary, where tradition says that Jesus was crucified. Gravestones were also destroyed. Muslim forces tried to dig up all the graves and wipe out all traces of their existence. The site is now within the walled, Old City of Jerusalem.
Bridges Video - the embedding has been disabled, so you'll need to click the link.

Update:  here's another site where the Muslims are deliberately desecrating graves in their mosque-building activities - in India.

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