Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Giuliani Says World Safer since Sept. 11

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Giuliani Says World Safer since Sept. 11

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Byline: Jessie-Lynne Kerr, Times-Union staff writer

The man who guided his city, and most of the nation, through the aftermath of the worst attack on American soil said the people of New York City were able to recover the way they did from the World Trade Center attacks "because of the support they got from all over the country."

Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said the people of New York felt "embraced" by the rest of the nation.

Giuliani was in Jacksonville yesterday to speak at The Florida Forum, a benefit for Wolfson Children's Hospital, in a packed Florida Theatre.

"Some people say we are living in a more dangerous world," Giuliani said, "but in fact, America is not more dangerous, but is actually safer that it was before Sept. 11."

The terrorist attacks let Americans see the world the way it actually exists, he said.

He referred to his diagnosis of prostate cancer two years ago, which shook him up. "I was able to realize that I was much safer than the day before I learned I had cancer."

Giuliani enumerated three things he believes America must do in response to the attacks of Sept. 11.

"We have to do what President Bush said we must do -- end global terrorism. And one way has to be a military response," Giuliani said.

The second action is for cities and towns across the country to become better prepared to deal with the possibility of biological and chemical attacks.

"Part is psychology," he said. "It is very difficult to say, 'Prepare, prepare, prepare and then relax,' but we must realize that life is full of risks."

He said that drunken drivers present more risks than terrorists ever will "but you are not afraid to drive. Yet now we have people who are afraid to fly."

The third part of the response, he said, was spiritual. "We have to believe in ourselves. The terrorists were trying to destroy our spirit and they thought Americans had no moral fiber. But we turned that totally around and showed them that freedom and democracy will prevail. …

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