9/11 survivor learning forgiveness from bin Laden




Posted on August 22, 2011 at 12:01 PM

SEATTLE -- In the flames of the 9/11 attacks, Paul Fox still sees the faces of the friends he lost.

"They weren't killed in an accident. It was murder. It's still very vivid," he said.

Fox was working on the 50th floor of the World Trade Center's south tower when the hijackers hit. He escaped unscathed, but emerged a different man.

"For all intents and purposes bin Laden tried to murder me that day. That's something that can't help but change your outlook on everything," Fox said.

Less than two weeks after the attacks, Fox was publicly telling his story. Since then, he has continued taking his message to groups across the country two to three times every year: the evil of a terrorist giving Fox's life new meaning.

"It's not about more money for me. It's about trying to positively affect the lives of others," Fox said.

A lot has changed for Fox since that fateful day nearly 10 years ago. Fox quit his high paying corporate job and took a position at a non-profit, cutting his pay in half. He also said there's one matter of faith that he still struggles with.

"God loves everybody," he said. "Even Osama. That's a hard reality to accept."

Fox said in bin Laden's death, the radical Muslim is actually educating him on one of the toughest lessons of Christianity: forgiveness.

"It's a tough question. Do I forgive him? We know that Osama was no different than anyone else in the end, but I can't say I'm there yet," Fox said.