TERRORISM A Story of Heroism

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While he probably wouldn't have been our choice, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani nevertheless was a worthy selection as Time magazine's 2001 Person of the Year.

The award is given to the person who shaped history most profoundly.

Some had expected Osama bin Laden to be chosen. But his "achievement" was only to mastermind evil deeds, then to persuade his allies to fight a war that they had no chance of winning. Bin Laden's misdeeds actually backfired, bringing together virtually the entire world in an effort to stamp out terrorism.

Giuliani, on the other hand, used boundless energy and infectious optimism to rally his city back from the twin towers disaster -- a major and immensely important achievement.

But we think a better selection would have been George W. Bush, a masterful wartime president.

Rush Limbaugh also would have been a good choice, for finding a way to continue his enormously popular radio talk show despite becoming almost totally deaf. His story should inspire the handi- capped for decades to come.

Our choice, however, would have been the heroic passengers of the doomed United Flight 93 on Sept. 11.

Details are sketchy but, because of in-flight telephone calls, this much is known:

The airliner was hijacked and turned toward Washington, D. …