|by Flemming Funch|
I don't have much to say about 9/11 it seems. I don't think the U.S. has really learned much. People being loudly and blindly patriotic, accepting broadsweeping communist secret police policies without a thought, and the government looking for some other country to bomb, without having any good reason for it. So, some national grief was processed, but nothing was really learned.
Interesting 9/11 synchronicities: The New York evening lottery numbers came out as 9-1-1, and the Standard & Poor's 500 futures contract index closed Tuesday at 911.00. Coincidence?
I got an e-mail from Jim Brown in the Philippines. Jim was married to what appeared to be the richest little woman in the world, Luz Sta. Romano, the widow and heiress of Severino Garcia Sta. Romana, a powerful and very shadey financial figure, with fingers in many pies. It seems but a short time ago that Julie (Solheim) and I were cooking spaghetti with them in their hotel room, and she was talking for hours about having tea with the queen, helping out King Fahd with some gold bullion, Ferdnand Marcos raiding her late husband's vaults, and the troubles with getting her accounts un-frozen. She died now a few months ago after not being very well for a while. Which now in principle makes Jim very wealthy, but it looks more and more remote that anything will ever come out of it. But it seems that what fires up Jim the most is to tell the story, and to gather documents and information that adds to it. He writes as colorfully as he speaks and he's still working on the now 4 volumes of "The Golden Karat".
"Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." -- Winston Churchill