The BBC picked up my comments of what happened yesterday. You can check it at http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/talking_point/newsid_1537000/1537530.s
Thanks everyone for your messages. I spent all my morning answering calls from yesterday (phones weren’t working) and replying to the various emails I received. I’ll try to keep this weblog updated so you can follow what’s going on in NY. I haven’t been outside yet, so nothing to report. My neighbour confirm this morning that his friend (the one who worked at the WTC) is ok!
My only and main thought right now is this: there’s not such a thing as an outside “evil”. “Evil” (and goodness) is withtin all of us. I know the anger and sorrow of everyone in this city, I’m still under shock, I thought the horror happening before my eyes. But looking for punishment or thinking of any armed response is not a solution, is just more of the same stupidity. What we need know is to open our eyes, put our vision beyond this island, beyond this country and try to understand why things like this happen. Why those who commit this horror also do it in “the name of god” or fighting against what for them is “evil”. Probably the worst sin is just to be blind, not to acknowledge the real problems of this world, and not trying to find the real solutions. It’ll take time and strength, but one day we should also prove to ourselves that we’re able to build the society and world that WE want.
This morning I was just leaving my apartment when my neighbour stopped me and said “Have you heard about the WTC? It’s been hit by a plane. You can watch it from the roof”. I went upstairs and I saw that surreal image: a hole spanning for five floors in the centre top of Tower 1, and a huge cloud of black smoke. I live in the East Village, and the view from there was perfect. I went back to get my camera. When I was back in the roof I saw just before my eyes the explosion on Tower 2. I didn’t see the plane, nor did any of the other guys on the roof. We speculated for a few minutes. The only thing we could imagine was on of the wings of the first plane hitting the other tower and provoking the explosion, but that was very unlikely. Finally one of the people on the roof said: “The radio is saying that there was a second plane.” We suddenly got scared, and I could see tears on the eyes of my neighbour: his friend worked at the WTC. You can see my original footage at http://www.cruzate.com/nyhell/