The World's Mayor; Giuliani Rouses New York and Beyond

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The World's Mayor; Giuliani Rouses New York and Beyond


Aghast, the world watched the horrific events of September 11, unaware that it was a foreshadowing of a barbaric phenomenon that would spread to Istanbul, to Bali, to Riyadh, to Islamabad, to Baghdad, to Moscow, to Madrid and to Beersheba, that civilians the world over would be threatened with random death, beheading and kidnapping within a few years. The atrocities have become commonplace in 2004.

Rudolph Giuliani, "America's Mayor," led New Yorkers through their darkest and finest hour unbowed. During his speech at the Republican National Convention, Mr. Giuliani spoke of all America when he said: "The horror, the shock and the devastation of those attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and over the skies of Pennsylvania lifted a cloud from our eyes."

To a large degree, Mr. Giuliani was speaking to the wider world as well. There is now no safe corner, no alliance of convenience, no policy of appeasement that will protect families when terrorists decide to strike, as the news of nearly any day will attest: "We have carried out the sentence of God against 12 Nepalis who came from their country to fight the Muslims and to serve the Jews and the Christians ...believing in Buddha as their God," said a statement by the Army of Ansar al-Sunna, explaining their execution of 12 workers in Iraq.

The tactic of public brutalization of arbitrary civilians "did not start on September 11, 2001," Mr. Giuliani said. "It had been festering for many years ... and too often the response, particularly in Europe, was accommodation, appeasement and compromise."

The French had expected a degree of immunity from the terrorists' wrath in return for their sustained and vocal opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The recent kidnapping of two French journalists proved that expectation misguided. Le Figaro, employer of one of the journalists, pointed out that the Iraq war was "condemned by the president of the French Republic." The paper says, "France could have hoped to be spared this cruel ordeal." The hope of a separate peace for France exists no more. Anti-Americanism is no shield from jihadiis.

It does often function though as a shield against domestic political reform, Mr. Giuliani noted: "Rather than trying to grant more freedom, create more income, improve education and basic health care, [some] governments deflect their own failures by pointing to America and Israel and other external scapegoats.

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