Mayor Giuliani: ‘These People in Boston are Pretty Darn Tough’

Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 11:48 PM

By Paul Scicchitano

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday praised Boston’s first responders following the terrorist attack on that city, and said the chaotic scene showed that “these people in Boston are pretty darn tough — just like the people in New York and just like the people all over America.”

Appearing on “Anderson Cooper 360,” Giuliani also said that he did not believe Monday’s bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon could have been prevented.

“The reality (is) that no matter how hard you try, no matter how good of a job you do — and I have no doubt that the Boston police did a great job in policing the marathon —these people, whoever they are, can get through,” said Giuliani.

He praised law enforcement efforts around the country for having stopped many more potential attacks.

“I think the government's done a good job of interrupting many of these attacks that could've taken place,” he told host Anderson Cooper. “This one is really horrible — horrible because of the death of a young child and the other fatalities that took place, the injuries.”

He added that some of the toughest decisions public officials have to make concern whether or not to cancel an event.

“And while they're going on, you wonder, did you make the right decision? And you actually just say a little prayer,” Giuliani said. “I remember getting up at the celebration in 2000 thinking, ‘well, if anybody's here, I'm dead.’”

The reality is that there is very little chance of someone dying in a terrorist attack, he said.

“The reality is there are many, many more things that threaten us far more than terrorism,” he said. “These are terrible when they happen. It's hardly any solace to someone who has lost a child, lost an arm. But the reality is, the threat of terrorism is sporadic.”

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