Eleven years later, after the likes of Mohammed Atta commandeered four Boeing flights to the twin towers of NYC-then the symbols of the financial world headed by the United States reigning over the world’s industrialized nations, the Pentagon as the center of military might of the dominant global empire, and a wheat field in Pennsylvania where democratic hands foiled a projected destination to the halls of Congress-the mythology of 911 is firmly in place with a commission report and various forms of conspiracy theories (revealing the not-too-shadowy cabal at Cheney’s White House puppeteers) documented about it.
The storyline for the moment is that in the end, Obama el Hussein bested Osama bin Laden!
We have had occasions to view the site in lower Manhattan, and we note that the emotional impact of the event on American consciousness, and the re-examination on the War on Terrorism it spawned in countries led by free market leaders, has been overtaken by the real issue that really matters to many people’s pocketbooks: the state of the global economy.
The global financial crisis that saw the displacement of Wall Street and Manhattan as the preferred watering hole of world financiers long before the onset of New York’s decline and the ascendancy of such places as Wangfujing in Beijing, Nanjing Da Jie in Shanghai, the Ginza in Tokyo, Connaught in Hong Kong, and Marina in Singapura, hit serious review of financial titans in Vladivostok this week. Though billed only as a forum, representative of the APEC nations gathered to plot once more a defense of currency exchanges even as Wall Street withers and Main Street asserts its democratic occupancy of the world’s economic structures.
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation is a rearguard action, initiated by Japan in the late '80s as it found itself in the role of a world banker after Reagan informally devalued the U.S. currency, and the yen found itself with too much value too hot to handle by its domestic market, so it had to buy something elsewhere, including most of the islands of the Pacific! Add the agricultural and mineral abundance of Australia that went searching for new markets, and we had a north-south axis asset in Asia and the western Pacific.
Opposed initially by members of the ASEAN countries for its just being another layer of bureaucracy for talking heads, it has since featured a leader’s gathering where the photo op included local attire, until Obama put a stop to the tradition in Honolulu when the aloha shirts went with the luggage but not obligatory before the cameras that clicked the salutatory lineup of nation’s predominantly male head honchos (like the generic "man" in English for the specie, "hanchas" and "hanchettes," Hillary’s presence notwithstanding-with Aussie Janet Madden, Mexico’s Gloria Manzo, Peru’s Jessica Soto, and Sylvia Curran of the U.S. attending, are not acceptable female leader’s terms)!
We traveled to Mohe in the northernmost city of Inner Mongolia this summer, and we were educated again on the fact that the territory once referred to as Outer Manchuria that birthed Vladivostok (Yongmingcheng, the city of eternal light to the Mongols, Hashenwai, the city of sea cucumber cliffs to the Han), ceded in the unequal treaties signed by the weak Manchu Qing dynasty and Russia’s Tsar in the mid-1800, was a creation of tribes like those of the Mohe, the Liao, and the Jin.
In fact, Far East Russia is similar to the movement of the Han to China’s extremadura by the European Russians west of the Urals. Nevertheless, much of the ethnicity and DNA of Outer Manchuria make cousins of the Nippon, Hanggul, Manchus, and Mongols that once peopled the region. History buffs will recall that the weakened Manchu rule had Russia and Japan fighting over real estate in Manchuria, while the European powers took a not-too-slow boat to China, working their way up the Changjiang (Yantze River) where the Germans were Aleman upriver in Wuhan.
So, what has this got to do with 9-1-1?
"The economy, stupid!" was James Carville’s contribution to getting Bill Clinton into the White House, replacing erstwhile popular incumbent (and former CIA head) George H. Bush (thus, the strength of the Cheney White House rhetoric).
On the triangular poles of resources, production, and distribution as the dynamics of the economic process, the management of the distribution end, particularly those who guide its exchange mechanisms, has lorded it over the structures and direction of the world economy. The monetary value of "white collar" manager long ago replaced the seat once occupied by the factory floor supervisor of the "blue collar" worker, which earlier replaced the position of the farm obreros y campesinos con sombreros in the pecking order of the social realm.
Continuing upheavals, particularly in the mining and use of fossil fuel (next to Hillary, the highest official in the U.S. delegation has the energy portfolio), and the financial speculations of both, particularly as it applies to food production, dominated APEC talk. Unfortunately, the focus was not really on actual food security as it was on the financial figures on everyone’s ledger.
Vladivostok did let us watch Vladimir Putin act presidential for a change, unfazed by the gnat bites of the Pussy Riot girls!
"The economy, stupid," remains Carville’s irrelevant slogan. We would be wise to give its real import heed.