As part of the 67th commemoration of D-day, the World War II invasion of Normandy, a French artist named Rachid Khimoune currently has a large installation on Omaha beach:
An installation of 1,000 casts of Russian, German and American combat helmets of WWII which also represent turtles, to denounce global violence, created by French artist Rachid Khimoune, is seen on Omaha Beach in Colleville sur Mer, western France, Sunday, June 5, 2011 at the eve of the D-Day Anniversary.
. . as is utterly predictable, the echoes of “to denounce global violence” were too much for some folks to bear:
Stupid art is objectively pro-Nazi
pajamas media | June 5 2011
Tell me: How could the French government countenance this art installation, which manages to be both juvenile and deeply insulting at the same time?
Dear Zombie: To Denounce Global Violence. It doesn’t get any simpler than that, it ain’t complicated.
Does French D-Day ‘Art Installation’ Desecrate Omaha Beach? | The Blaze
The American Patriot Blog | June 6th 2011
. . Making it worse, Zombie has discovered that the Omaha Beach desecration is not an isolated incident for this artist . .
For what it’s worth, I have a video of Khimoune playing with his turtles on location . .
Horrors. My experience with these sorts of things, where people point to a war and denounce violence, followed by conservatives being furious that anyone would say that war wasn’t awesome, is that the veteran themselves are usually okay with the calls for peace. They know the price of violence — all violence. Many of them find it hard to sleep not for what was done to them, but for what they had to do. Let’s not put anyone in that predicament again, okay? Can we? Okay.
Incidentally, just what is “The American Patriot Blog”? It’s “The Official Blog of the American Patriot: Michael J. Maxim.” Oh, the one and only.