Monday, March 11, 2013

Nine years ago today, it was a Thursday.

We walked into class at 9 am and my art history teacher, who to this day is one of the people I admire the most in the world, had a somber face.

She started class, I think it was about Surrealism, but I’m not sure. And after a few minutes of class, she sighed and put her hand to her chest, as if something was keeping her from breathing. And she said something I don’t think I’ll ever forget. 

"It’s senseless. It’s all senseless, how they kill people. How violent this all is. Those poor people were just going to work. And so close here. It’s closer than Algarve."

I remember looking at Lila and shrugging, not knowing what she was talking about. She threw one last look at a picture on the wall and went on with her class, looking shaken. We had no idea of what she meant until later that morning, when we heard at the bar that there had been a terrorist attack in Madrid. 

The picture on the wall was a picture she hung there in the last few days of September, 2001. It was a picture of the twin towers on fire. When she put it up, in our first class with her, she said another thing I never forgot:

"I’m putting this up because there will come a time when you’ll realize that there’s a world before and after this day. That you will see it in Art as well as you see it in politics. You’ll realize that this is the day the world changed."

Nine years ago today, 191 people were killed in the train system around Madrid. Some died a few days later. They were killed simply because Spain supported the US in the ‘war on terror’ and the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan. And every year, I see my timeline full of posts on 9/11, I see it burst with attention on July 7. But I have never seen a post about 11-M. So here. 


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