New York Governor George Pataki brings to a merciful end the controversy surrounding the International Freedom Center’s plans for a ‘freedom’ museum on the site of the World Trade Center:

“Freedom should unify us. This center has not,” Pataki said. “Today there remains too much opposition, too much controversy over the programming of the IFC. … We must move forward with our first priority, the creation of an inspiring memorial to pay tribute to our lost loved ones and tell their stories to the world.”

Freedom Center officials said in a statement that they did not believe there was a viable location elsewhere at the site.

“We consider our work, therefore, to have been brought to an end,” they said.