have you ever seen the billie wilder film _lost weekend_, great film and as an added treat it has lots of views of the last 30s skyline, all these fabulous beaux-art towers that are buried in the streetscape now.
i lived in nyc for a while but i haven't been back since 9/11, it is hard to imagine; the towers were such a presence, i have no sense of direction so i would always navigate using them when i was downtown.
as for putting a war memorial in an army base, well it all depends on your attitude to war and on what you are commemerating. the whole situation in beruit is still so raw, they can live with each other, but they hate the israels and would happily fight them if they thought they had a chance, it isn't time for the memorial yet, big parts of beruit still look a lot like the memorial, pock marked concrete and wreckage. the memorial is angry and horrified, not sad, we are more familar with ww1 memorials where it is felt the loss of live was tragic and only given meaning by the glorious spirit with which it was sacrificed and the care with which the memory is preserved; those lies. there is no such feeling in beruit. another similar example is a memorial to another unfinshed war; the korean war memorial in seoul, it is in the middle of the _museum of large ordinance_ which glorifies the machinery of war. quite wierd.