Friday, September 09, 2011

Rudy Giuliani Reflects on 9/11

BBC HardTalk: Ten years on, how much has the former Mayor of New York and the US been changed by 9/11?

NY1: Former Mayor Giuliani Praises City's Security, Warns Of Terrorism's Dangers
He said, however, despite the killing of Osama bin Laden and reports of al-Qaida's decline, the country may be in more danger. 
"You look at the number of threats that have been thwarted, there have been more in the last three years then ever before, since September 11th," said Giuliani. "I think we'd make a terrible mistake if we used the 10th anniversary of September 11th as some idea that we can now move on and not worry about this threat." 
Giuliani said he reflects on September 11th every day. His leadership in those dark days has been called brave and reassuring by many, incorporating a public grieving process that helped turn the country to normal. 
But he said the development of the World Trade Center Site is not exactly what he would have wanted. He would have preferred just a memorial and a museum, but said the development was about compromise, something the American people and politicians should remember. 
"There's one thing we can think about universally, that is how unified September 11th made us," said Giuliani. "September 11th got us beyond being Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, Tea Party,, all that. Everybody was an American. We were facing a common threat."

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