Undeserving

Rudolph Giuliani, termed “America’s mayor” by Oprah Winfrey during a 9/11 memorial service on September 23, 2001, hardly deserved such praise.

Despite the abject failure of phone communications between the NYPD and the NYFD during the 1993 terrorist attack on the North Tower of the World Trade Center, New York’s Office of Emergency Management failed by 2001 to resolve this crucial technical issue.

Giuliani grossly understated the extent of deadly environmental pollution in lower Manhattan during the recovery period, resulting in illnesses of hundreds, perhaps thousands of persons who had labored for months without proper safeguards amid the ruins.

In August of 2007 Giuliani claimed “I was at Ground Zero as often, if not more, than most workers . . . . I was there working with them. I was exposed to exactly the same things they were exposed to. So in that sense, I’m one of them.”

It turned out no logs existed during the first six days after the attacks. An investigation by the New York Times in 2002 determined for three months thereafter Giuliani spent only 29 hours at Ground Zero. Workers assigned to the massive clean-up devoted hundreds of hours of labor.

Victims’ family members in the years following the attacks became convinced Giuliani exaggerated his 9/11 role, “casting himself as a hero for political gain.”

For several months now, Giuliani has returned to the forefront of national news as a lawyer and spokesman for President Trump.

During an interview by Sky News in Scotland recently, he was questioned about the possibility of impeachment.

“I think it’s inevitable that he won’t be impeached,” he said.

If he were, “The people would revolt.”

Really? Has the United States of America morphed into a “banana republic?”

In any case, “The truth isn’t truth,” Giuliani told host Chuck Todd during his appearance on “Meet the Press” on August 19.

H.C. (Harry) Nash

Williamsport

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