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kevinmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 12:46 AM
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Rudy Giuliani is going to be at ground zero next week, taking part in ceremonies to remember the victims of Sept. 11. That was inevitable the man has so identified himself with 9/11 that its amazing he hasnt tried to patent it.

Its also a terrible idea.

After the attacks, Giuliani did his best work in front of a microphone, speaking simply and honestly to the city and the nation. Ground zero, on the other hand, is the site of his worst failure.

Thats saying a great deal when you consider that this is the man whose crack plan for disaster response involved building the city emergency command center in one of the towers of the best-known terrorist targets in the nation.

But think about this: In the final months of his mayoralty, Giuliani went to ground zero 41 times, with whatever visiting statesman, movie star or sports hero who happened to be in town. He would walk them around the edge of the disaster zone and retell the story of 9/11. They could see ironworkers and crane operators dismantling the ruins and emergency workers looking for remains of the victims. Beneath those workers, the still-burning wreckage coughed up benzene and PCBs and asbestos. The city had received many reports about the danger of that air. Looking down, Giuliani could see that very few people except the health supervisors were wearing protective gear. And he did nothing about it........

http://freedemocracy.blogspot.com/2007/09/gail-collins-...
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