Giuliani Predicts Another Terror Attack
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani predicted Tuesday that 9/11 would not go down in history as the only large-scale terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
"It's better to assume we will be attacked again and go from there," Giuliani said during a speech at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Giuliani, who was New York's mayor when when terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001, was the keynote speaker at the 2nd Annual Mayor Richard J. Daley Urban Forum, reported the Chicago Tribune.
"Sept. 11 removed any last vestige of thinking that we're isolated," Giuliani said. "We have the same strengths and vulnerabilities as just about every place else."
According to the Tribune, Giuliani urged local, state and federal officials to make "relentless preparation" for another attack, particularly a strike that can't be anticipated.
"It would be irrational not to be afraid of another attack," he said. "But the fear should lead you to do what a police officer does or a firefighter or a soldier or what Mayor (Richard M.) Daley did: prepare."
Giuliani also said the nation needs immigration reform without becoming isolationist. He suggested more security at the borders to identify as many people as possible while remaining open to immigrants.
It is important, he said, to "understand and recognize economic forces and not treat people as criminals who are not."
During his speech, Giuliani repeatedly lauded President Bush, and laughed off suggestions of his own presidential ambitions.
One audience member said it was "an honor to ask a question of a future president of the United States." Giuliani smiled and turned briefly away.
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