Skyscrapers of lies
By Michael Moriarty
After Philippe Petit, the legendary French aerial stuntmen following his successful journey by tightrope between the tops of the Twin Towers' record breaking altitude, even the critics of the World Trade Center began to soften their vocabulary. With New York City's economic rebirth in the 1990s the Twin Towers had become one of that rescue operation's major inspirations.
Then, of course, on September 11, 2001, it came to the most horrifying domestic tragedy that America and the world had ever witnessed, certainly the worst that had ever occurred in the city of New York. No battle in war, including both World Wars, had ever exceeded the death toll of 9/11, except for the battle of Antietam in the American Civil War.
That 9/11 was a climactic moment to the entire and increasingly American-dominated 20th century would be difficult to deny. With newly acquired film footage of the horrors of 9/11, footage previously not shown, one must agree with Mayor Giuliani's description of the day as "more than anyone could bear."
However, "bear it" both Mayor Giuliani and New Yorkers did, and, with the rest of America, still do.
Now let us discuss another set of skyscrapers that had been built during the last half of the 20th century by both major political parties in cooperation with the press. These are the skyscrapers of lies, evasions and cover-ups beginning with the Warren Report on John F. Kennedy's assassination.
Rather like construction workers, the "establishment" of Washington, D. C., and the mainstream world press gave themselves just so much time to create or concoct what they believe history will sell to posterity as the correct version of things.
Here is a baker's dozen of such skyscrapers.
Thirteen is an unlucky number and what you have read are thirteen tragedies which were profoundly unlucky for America. Despite the governments' and the press' attempts to keep them "low" they became skyscraper events in 20th century and turn of the millennium American history. They will resonate within our recollections, perhaps to eternity.
Al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden certainly grew fat with pride upon America's agony during 9/11. What also grew fat during the American tragedies were the pride and arrogance of an American machine that was determined to eliminate any personality and event standing in its way and to accelerate this Progressive Movement's homicidal hurtle into the blossoming millennium.
In the coming election God bless America. She's gonna need it.
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Moriarty is also running for President of the United States in 2008 as a candidate for the Realists Party. To find out more about Moriarty's presidential campaign, contact firstname.lastname@example.org