Close the Custer Battlefield.
Shut down the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
Get rid of the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.
Recycle the Vietnam Wall Memorial.
Stop singing the National Anthem.
Level the B Reactor, bulldoze the Los Alamos National Laboratory and turn Oak Ridge into a soccer pitch.
Does any of the above sound offensive to you?
Oh, all of it?
Well, we sympathize.
The first five suggestions above are not being made by anyone that we know of. They are too preposterous for civilized discourse. They do all, however, deal with the horrors of warfare or the inhumanity of Hitler's Nazis.
But that last one, about the nuclear plants, is only exaggerated, not made up.
A man named Greg Mello, co-founder of the Los Alamos Study Group, opposes the idea of a national park being established for preservation of these three critical elements of the Manhattan Project.
His language, and that of some of his followers, prompts this editorial, not their opposition. We think they are misguided in thinking these scientific relics aren't worth preserving. But the phrasing of their opposition is insulting, ignorant and ungrateful.
He says that the recommendation debases the idea of national parks by glorifying weapons of mass destruction. In an email to followers and others he said:
"Are we really poised to make a national park out of a few shabby ruins where we built instruments of mass murder, delivered to statesmen the instruments of universal destruction, and destroyed the marriage between science and human values?"
Ah. So. Mass murder.
World War II, as conducted by the Allies, was "mass murder."
That's not hyperbole.
It's a slap in the face for a Marine recovering from a sniper's bullet in the Naval hospital in Hawaii and getting ready for the invasion of Japan, who instead got to go home.
There were hundreds of them, and soldiers and sailors and members of the Air Corps, too.
"Crap," is the word one Darwin Bond-Graham used to describe the three sites where the atomic bombs were made. He was responding to Mello.
He continued: "... If the nuclear weaponeers want to do it with all private money, well good for them and their sickened and misguided souls. But not one federal or state cent!"
The reactions of Mello and Bond-Graham are over-ripe with hysteria.
They seem to have no impact on Congress or the Department of the Interior.
The language used -- the lack of respect for history, the unwillingness to give the other side a shred of credibility, even though the other side struggled to save America and the world from tyranny -- these are big turn-offs for a great many of their fellow citizens.
Most of us feel that when adults start throwing tantrums, they reveal both the weakness of their cause and their unsuitability for civil discourse.