On September 10th 2001, I was supposed to fly to The Big Apple from LAX-the Los Angeles Airport. Even if I had my worst nightmare on September 7th, nothing was about to stop me to visit one of my Top 3 cities in the world: New York City. It almost feels insensitive (To those who lost someone that day) to make it public that my Guardian Angel had to protect me from flying to Manhattan, by getting my friend on delaying to give me my shopping money from Monday to Tuesday. Then again, friends, never under estimate the power of your daily prayer.
It is only 10 years and a half later in April 2011, after I explained why I have written “My Passion is The Christ” which was stolen from me and renamed “The Passion of The Christ”, that I understood that I have always lived as a 911 survivor. And this is the problem, because dwelling in the consequences of the 911 terrorist attack in our lives, has the same power and effet than surrundering to Bin Laden, and God knows that would the last thing that billions of people would accept to do, especially myself. I still can hardly accept that Bin Laden died exactly as he wanted, cause it is evident to hear him say to his entourage: “Americans if you want me, have enough courage to come and get me”. But then again, this will be another fat blog in itself, wouldn’t it? I am extremly glad that Obama’s people ended that evil’s reign of terror; though I can not explain why, we had to move on somehow; don’t you think?
At that time, my house was in the most Jewish part of Beverly Hills, California when that miserable day of September 11, 01 struck. I was trying to get rid of my spiritual gifs. But my closest ones kept respecting one of my most important rules faithfully -which were never to wake me up with bad news or never to speak at me first, (Because I get my prayer assignments for the world when waking up, as eveybody should). When my close one said “Uh, Mimi?”, that question mark was like a missile freezing one inch above my nose. Trying to hide my fear exteriorised by an uncontrallable body shaking, I almost begged her to let me go and pray first, which was not an abnormal thing to her. On the TV screen, there was a Tower in fire, I reminded my close one that she was not allowed to watch violent scenes on TV in the morning. Instead of zapping the channel quickly to a station she never watches, like she usually does, she replicated simply: “Go and pray first…for the world. I will make your breakfast today”. The missile turned into a bullet before falling to the ground; that was better but still scary: what kind of fly had bitten into her to suggest to get my eggs and bacon ready that morning?
After several weeks of crying, mourning and the what-if-Paris-is-next, nothing prepared immigrants in The USA to face the consequences of September 11 01 evil attack. Immigration Laws changed overnight for all, by the way, if you had already filed for your papers, you were not better off: many received spontaneous no answers, as if their files were not even read; and I am talking about respectable Europeans here! My own experience was that I never could get enough money for easy-in-the-past goals or solve important problems. But I relativated it with the fact that Americans who were fighting in Afghanistan, had it worse than me. My right to become American was taken away from me very brutally, but I still resigned after drinking (One glass of gin tonic) every night for a full year before my un-missable night prayers, while trying to to move on by writing 2 books about Jesus Christ. The most difficult thing was that I could not go and kiss my mother a last good-bye. You will be deeply shocked at other sad stories coming from hundreds of families around the world, because of 911-01, excluding Afghanistan and Irak, this is why this blog will not mention them here today.
I have wondered secretly a hundred times why Osama bin Laden and his hypnotized friends did not think about us, people who will have to suffer more than Americans. If you heard a few dramas connected to “change of plans and troubles” (Inacceptable by some of our dear ones) because of al Qaeda, you might probably cry with all your soul. But believe it or not, many of us think that the pain of Americans should be more important and interiorize pain; that is the worst attitude. After I got “My Passion is the Christ” completely structured, I haved survived the fear that was named “I will never see my family nor Paris again. And I had no need of one glass a day.”
However, I have decided on not blogging anything related to 911, a couple of weeks ago. But there is no shame in changing mind for the better cause our spiritual friend Christ, loves people who decide to do something good, after being against it openly!
I wish I could thank anyone who works on keeping this world a safer place. Terrorism fighters are unknown living heroes, including a part of paramedics, firefighters, therapists and law enforcement officers who must deploy giant skills presto in beyond dark hours, to protect life. Thanks to these benevolent forces, we can go through our daiy lives, relatively undisturbed and free. I pray God that anti-gratuitous-violence fighters, in USA and the whole planet actually, are immediately blessed with more success starting now, including strength, self-control and wisdom; will you agree with me on this? Some terrorism fighters work without human or financial support, but they still do not give up, and who knows if they are not neighbours of Al Zawiri right now? Those ones are God’s workers, even if God gave them a non-glamourous day job or even if it is difficult to them to see themselves in the Most High God payroll. May The Lord provide them with anything necessary to their lives, including divine 6th sense, peace and success. As you notice, I am not a saint, but I will never be ashamed of my belief because it serves me daily. Did you know that you all are children of God, and that anything GOOD, you do or wish is also a prayer or a praise?
The Twin Towers can be rebuilt before Boehner stops weeping, so I will not focus on them. Just for you, I have made a growing list of encouraging or soul feeding real life stories that moved me. All these narrations emanate from the 2001 New York, Pensylvannia and Washington 911 massa assassination of innocent terrorised people’s survivors or good Samaritans. Yes, the victims departed in sheer terror, but let me offer my 911 love gift to you by revealing a spiritual secret I learnt from my connection with Christ: people who leave this Earth in a dramatic moment, will not remember it in The Kingdom of God.
Do not be deceived, there is not American plot in 911 and al Qaeda is pure evil, just like Andrew Beivik of Norway and his organisation; but they have been defeated by Christ 2012 years ago! Throw also away your theory that God allowed 911 to happen. Because I know someone who was clearly instructed to contact FBI about her nightmare on that coward attack, but was so paralysed with fears for 3 days that she had no time to warn more people. Maybe there is a co-relation with her and the fact that there were not as much Jewish people as usual around the WTC that day? I might tell you more about this in a few days out of respect because I am melting today in the world’s combined energy of love and I love it! One thing Sarkozy did very good is to give America and France, a chance to a real love story, (meaning respectful 911 documentaries galore over here since a week and less TV for me); after all his son Louis looks more American than French, but it is okay (Always dare a deep belly smile among tragedy, it is a sign that you are protected within)! I wish you kept visiting this site often and in the meantime check out these inspiring facts:
Sky News UK-Firehouse Worst Hit By 9/11 Ten Years On
Firefighter Tom Clinton was at home in Brooklyn when the attacks happened. Debris fell in his garden as he tried to work out what was going on.
As soon as he realised he made his way in to Manhattan, describing the scene when he arrived as a like war zone.
He said: “It was amazing. It was devastating. I’ve never seen anything like that in my life… It was acres of just rubble, acres of rubble.”
One of the dead firemen’s names on a fire engine
A fireman breaks down amid the rubble of the Twin Towers after 9/11
A few days ago, in Jersey City, New Jersey
Etched names of September 11th victims are seen as members of the media view the newly constructed ‘Empty Sky Memorial’ at Liberty State Park on September 7, 2011 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The concrete and steel ‘Empty Sky Memorial’ designed by architect Jessica Jamroz pays tribute to the 746 citizens of New Jersey who lost their lives on September 11. The memorial will officially open on September 10, with a ceremony that will be attended by families of 9/11 victims.
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CNN-The footnotes of September 11
There are 1,742 footnotes in the 9/11 Commission Report. But behind them, there are very human stories, including fighter pilot Tim Duffy, on alert to shoot down a passenger plane. You can watch CNN’s “Footnotes of 9/11″ on Sunday, Sept. 11 at 9p ET
“The footnotes of September 11″ By Drew Griffin, Kathleen Johnston, Brian Rokus for CNN
CNN-For Muslim family, faith complicates grief for loved one lost on 9/11
Edmond, Oklahoma – His smiling image has been cut out of a snapshot and carefully added to a photo of his father, so it looks as if the boy is standing beside the man. It smacks of a bad Photoshop job, but it gives the two a shared moment, even though they never met.
The boy’s sister, Fahina, created the montage. She is 15 and clings to scant memories and aging photographs. But Farqad, almost 10, has nothing.
She remembers sitting beside their father on amusement park rides, his words — “Look at my daughter; she’s so brave” — soothing her nerves; she still thinks of him whenever she’s on a rollercoaster. She leaned on his legs when he watched basketball on TV and imagined him cheering her on when she played the sport after he was gone. She recalls being driven to see Harvard University, before she even started elementary school, and dreams of attending an Ivy League school to make him proud.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, she woke up extra early on her own. After her father and mother finished saying morning prayers, the young girl took his face in her small hands and enlisted the promise of a Chuck E. Cheese visit. Father and daughter then kissed and said goodbye.
Farqad was born two days later, after terrorists hijacked planes and killed nearly 3,000 — including 38-year-old Mohammad Salahuddin Chowdhury, who worked atop the North Tower of the World Trade Center.
The Windows on the World banquet server was a degreed physicist in his native Bangladesh and a U.S. citizen who aspired to do so much more in his adopted country. He kept a pager at hand that fateful morning, just in case his wife went into labor.
“I can’t imagine not having any memories,” said his firstborn, Fahina, unable to hold back her sobs. “Someday, Farqad’s going to search online and see everything. I have to help him understand.”
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Al Jazeera English Obama: US stronger since 9/11 attacks
A day ahead of 10th anniversary commemorations amid fresh terror alert, US president says al-Qaeda is on road to defeat.
Obama spoke as New York police put out a show of force, setting up checkpoints at major traffic intersections and at key locations on the city’s subway system.
The NYPD’s response came after US intelligence reported the existence of specific, credible but uncorroborated threats involving a car or truck bomb plot linked to the anniversary.
The intelligence emanated from a source in the Afghanistan and Pakistan region, who told US officials that three men had been sent to the US with the training and intention of setting up car bombs in the two cities, a senior counterterrorism official told Al Jazeera.
US officials said they had not been able to get another source to confirm the threat or any details, but that security will be ramped up in both cities as the anniversary approaches on Sunday.
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Sky News UK- 9/11 Anniversary: Obama Leads US In Mourning
President Barack Obama will lead America in mourning the lives lost in the 9/11 attacks later today in ceremonies in New York, Washington DC and Shanksville.
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