30 July 2015

9/11/2028: Future Holocaust Memorials

Two options for Congress:    
The best option is for Congress to reject Obama’s disastrous deal with Iran leading to a second Holocaust. Less than a week before US joined world powers in surrendering to the skilled bargaining of professional Persian rug merchants in Vienna, the Iranian president led a screaming mob chanting “Death to Israel” and “Death to America” as they marched on a Teheran boulevard carpeted with flags of Israel and US.  Why does Obama refuse to believe what the Iranian mullahs say over and over again?

The second option is for Congress to couple approving the deal with a genocidal regime that really means what it says with allocating funds to double the size of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for the next six million Jews in Israel incinerated by Iranian nuclear bombs.

Congress unanimously voted in 1980 to establish the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum on land allocated adjacent to the Washington Monument.  In 1988, President Ronald Reagan helped lay the cornerstone of the building designed by the architect James Ingo Freed who came to the United States from Germany in 1939 at the age of nine with his parents fleeing the Nazi regime that murdered six million Jews of Europe.  President Bill Clinton spoke at the dedication ceremonies at the opening of the museum in 1993 promising “Never Again!”

In the tradition of Picasso’s Guernica extended into networked times, I created this Future Holocaust Memorial  blog
as an artwork that acts as a wake-up call to prevent a second Holocaust. Congress has the power to act before Iran executes its plan to wipe Israel off the map with a nuclear bomb as its prelude to global conquest. Ten years have passed since this blog was created!  Never Again?

As an artist whose artworks are in the collections of forty museums worldwide, I propose collaborating with architect James Ingo Freed in doubling the size of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum now.  It took 13 years between Congressional approval and the opening of the museum.  13 years from now, Iran will have no restrictions on building nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles that can reach Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

On second thought, perhaps it is futile to double the size of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Iran’s missiles with nuclear warheads will also be able to reach Washington and New York.  The ayatollah’s insane poetic mind will create mushroom clouds bursting forth from the Capitol Rotunda and the Freedom Tower on 9/11/2028.

Mel Alexenberg is former art professor at Columbia University, research fellow at MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, and author of The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age (Intellect Books/University of Chicago Press). 
Published in Times of Israel, July 26, 2015

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