Friday, September 11, 2009

My Memories of 9-11

by Aliza Davidovit
On the 10th floor of ABC News 20/20, where I worked at the time, producers, anchors and interns gathered around the TV sobbing as the horrors of 9/11 unfolded. Some had parents, husbands, wives and friends who worked in the area—the cell phones were down the fates and futures of our loved ones were unknown. There was no rank among us that day—we were equal, united in grief, united in uncertainty, united by the hate and evil that was perpetrated against us. My ex-spouse who worked on Wall Street at the time, like so many others—if they were lucky enough to do so—had to walk miles and miles from downtown to get home. When I finally saw my husband, his pants were covered with ashes and soot; we both broke down and sobbed.

His father was a survivor of the Holocaust where human beings walked into buildings and exited as ash and smoke. And as he gently pushed my hand away from brushing off his pants, he said. “This is not dirt, this is not dirt, this is human remains, the ashes of human beings people who also walked into a building as human beings and exited as smoke and ash.”

In 2002, I began to work with John Miller at ABC News, the first American journalist to interview Osama Bin Laden and author of The Cell, a book that recounts the events that led up to 9/11. As Miller set up his new office, it seemed strange to me that among the awards and stylish d├ęcor he put out a hat on display that seemed oddly out of place. The hat, he explained, was that of John O’Neil, his best friend and the Chief of Security at The World Trade Center—a man who for years was aware of and warned about the threat posed by al Qaeda and Bin Laden. Ironically and sadly, he too died that day. I wonder now, eight years later, will that hat alone be his 9/11 legacy and have we learned anything at all?

May God bless the memories of the victims and may their souls finally be at peace.
(In memory of Calvin Gooding--who once lived in my building until he died in the WTC.)
by Aliza Davidovit

1 comment:

  1. Aliza, very moving. Many thoughts this weekend, 8 yrs later, so much has changed. America the great has been attacked and we want to act as if it was somehow our fault. We did nothing to deserve this from the vermin who perpetuated it upon us. Our current Prez has bought into the "america is wrong" crowd from way back and wants to punish us through his current "fixes", return the wealth to it's rightfull owner is his mantra. Your piece asks the question, "have we learned anything at all"? I would say as a Nation, "no". We took a major blow to the head. But as all good boxers know, you shake it off, get back up and step right back into the fight, or face humiliation! I believe that is where our current Prez wants us to be, so he can lead us into the "new world order". As for me and my house I SAY "not NO, but HELL NO!' AMERICA has been blessed by the ALMIGHTY. With that blessing we have been able to help more countries than any other country(except what is listed in the BIBLE). We have made mistakes, a few, but nothing to apologize for NOW!! (especially when you see the group of misfits seated at any UN meeting)! So, I say, STAND UP, SPEAK OUT!, tell DC to LISTEN, or LOOK FOR A NEW JOB(that is what 95% need anyway)!!! LOVE you YOU JEWISH PRINCESS vgc