You Will Remember This / October 2013
We have a friend whose offices were exactly where the second plane hit the New York World Trade Center, September 11, 2001. He was arguing with a police officer about going back to gather papers just before it struck. He later moved to Upstate New York to write horrific stories about body parts falling through the sky, "Heads Were Bouncing in the Street!"
"When the fallout came down, we took refuge a block away inside a stalled bus," he told us. "Being hit on the head by someone else's falling from a hundred floors above could kill you both!" He laughed a little snort of a sound when saying this.
He asked over the years that we read his Nine-Eleven Stories. Some we did. Mostly after Katrina. Some we could not read. The heads bouncing down the street was one of those.
Over the years we sometimes met at Windows on the World, the restaurant atop the former North Tower. In early 2002 L. A. Norma and I took a train from New Orleans to New York to have lunch with him once more.
|Windows on the World, atop the World Trade Centre, circa 1976|
mood music by Frank Sinatra,The Song Is Ended
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"When the towers fell," he says, "I imagined waiters instinctively putting out their arms to stop silverware and plates starting their slide down the bar."
We saw it on tv-screens. The top floors tilted, then slipped into the smoke and dust. Chairs and tables would have skittered across the room.
in 2002, was too soon to be in New York City. The air still stung our nose and singed our memory. We took a cab down to ground zero, but neither Norma nor I wanted to look down in the hole where the Towers had stood. Our friend would not even come down to the neighborhood with us.
We met later, and lunched at the Oyster House in Grand Central Terminal. Afterwards, he walked us to our trains. Norma was headed to Los Angeles, I to Illinois, he to Upstate New York.
9/11 Memorial, uci, Lafayette, Louisiana, 2013
Photo credit: Dave Therrien
Made from actual beams brought here from New York, the monument expresses our grief and solidarity. The paper attachments expressed doubt!? They were found and removed when the nearby Lafayette Fire Department arrived for their annual Nine-Eleven commemorative ceremony.
We hardly know how to react.
The paper planes looked good design wise. Color, space, concept fit the I-beam monument to a T. The beams were spirited to Lafayette very soon after terrorist-crews of mostly Saudi Arabians flew real airliners full of people into them.
Baby Bush, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell -- all cowboys drunk on power -- and Condoleezza Rice -- drunk on shopping and political window dressing -- spun a cloak of fool's cloth and wrapped the U. S. A. in it. With doctored evidence and bald faced lies they pumped us up, and we raged off to war with Iraquis who had nothing to do with it.
(15 of the 19 terrorists were citizens of Saudi Arabia. The Others were from Egypt, Lebanon, and the U.A.E.)
"Well, that is pretty much what happened," our New York friend said on the phone.
When you look closely, we told him, you see the plane's tail bears something like corporate logo-lettering saying, "N. W. O. - New World Order," a new economic system advocated by both Presidents Bush that would through the magic of accounting and war give them and their Saudi business partners more oil, money and power. Wee-the-people would get higher prices at the pump and eventually the war's tax bill -- being patriotic citizens we went along.
"The Bushes joggling Adam Smith's invisible hand, L. A. Norma said, blowing Camel Cigarette smoke out the dormer window.
"Off camera from the photograph," I said into the telephone, "the artist had placed a pasteboard cutout of Baby Bush holding a cell phone and a wad of green dollars."
Police arrested 35-year old Salvador Perez on two counts of criminal trespassing and criminal damage to a historic building or landmark, according to Corporal Paul Mouton. And for climbing it to do so. Bond was $11,000.
[Update: Nathan Pike, Radio KPEL-FOX-news reported on 21 November 2013 that a grand jury declined to indict Perez. In the story he identified the writing on the paper planes, "NWO-New World Order," as an organization believing the Presidents Bush had "some kind of role in the attacks."
Ironically New World Order Papa Bush repeatedly introducing America to his own new world economic plan.
FYI: Belief in Bush culpability is also known as the "9/11 Truth Movement." Adherents are sometimes referred to as "Truthers."]
The I-beams are holy relics of our suffering, of course, and we expect the damage done by the paper planes is more to our singed memory, tender still.
As for our editor/writer friend who was there that day? He has stopped sending manuscripts. He says he is, "Done with it."
On the phone, when I got to the part about the Baby Bush cut out, he said, "Perez may be judging W. too harshly, maybe not.
"God knows it is hard to find anything good to say about what he did before or after."
Copyright, 2013, Leonard Earl Johnson, All Rights Reserved
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