Any of us

Any of us

: You never know where and when it is going to hit.

I happened to have on Dateline, rarely an inspiring experience. But tonight in a story that was probably a rerun, they gave us the amazing story of Harry Waizer, a survivor of 9/11 and Cantor Fitzgerald who was headed to work in an elevator that day when his car filled with jet fuel and flames, burning him horribly. But he made it down; through is own fortitude and that of his amazing wife, Karen, he survives.

He feels guilty for the colleagues around him who died. I feel guilty for watching him and coming away with nothing but a pill a day. Nevermind that. It only hits home again, as we are warned of another attack on the way: It can be any of us any time. Any of us.

Here is his testimony before the 9/11 Commission:

I have no rage about what happened on 9/11, only a deep sadness for the many innocent, worthy lives lost and the loved ones who lost so much that day. There have always been madmen, perhaps there always will be. They must be stopped, but with the cold detachment reserved by a surgeon for removing a cancer. They are not worthy of my rage. Neither do I feel anger at those who arguably could have foreseen, and thereby prevented, the tragedies. If there were mistakes, they were the mistakes of complacency, a complacency in which we all shared.

This commission can not turn back the hands of time. There is nothing to be gained by asserting blame, by pointing fingers. The dead will remain dead despite this commission’s best efforts and intentions. But it is my hope that this commission can learn and teach us from its scrutiny of the past, and if the findings of this commission can prevent even one future 9/11, if they can forestall even one plan of Osama bin Laden, prevent even one more act of madness and horror, I and the rest of this nation will owe the commission our gratitude, and I will be proud of the small part I was allowed to play today.