Newt Gingrich proposes that the WTC site be declared a national battlefield memorial. If he had been payingattention,he would have known that for the last nine yearsit's been a true New York battlefield between the developer, the insurance companies, and the Port Authority. What a stew pot to memorialize.Gingrich: "I think the Congress has the ability to declare the area a national battlefield memorial because I think we should think of the World Trade Center as a battlefield site; this is a war," he said, apparently thinking that if Ground Zero was a national park, Park51 would be restricted from building near it."

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