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Pataki Recalls Twin Feelings Of 'Absolute Horror and Tremendous Pride' on 9/11

Pataki Recalls Twin Feelings Of 'Absolute Horror and Tremendous Pride' on 9/11

George Pataki (AP Photo/John Locher)

By    |   Sunday, 10 September 2017 04:57 PM

Reflecting on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, former New York Gov. George Pataki recalled on Sunday his twin feelings of "absolute horror and tremendous pride" on that day.

"There was one overriding image that I will never forget," Pataki, who was governor at the time of the attacks, told host John Catsimatidis on "The Cats Roundtable" Sunday radio show on AM 970 in New York.

"If you think of the worst scene you could see in a horror picture — lower Manhattan was like that," Pataki said. "Amid the rubble there were still fires burning and smoke everywhere. The air was full of shredded paper… so thick you could taste it as you tried to breathe. It was just this portrait of horror."

Pataki said, however, that amid this horror, "you'd look and you'd see on the rubble, where the flames and smoke were, firefighters working to try to put out the fires. You saw construction workers trying to cut through the twisted steel to see if they could find people alive and save lives. So, you had the two feelings of absolute horror and tremendous pride in the way in which the people in the face of this unspeakable evil were responding."

The former governor said that people had grave doubts about the future of the country immediately after September 11, but that since that day the United States has thrived.

He stressed it is important to remember today amid the fears generated by enemies in North Korea, Iran and ISIS that "if we can try to put aside our differences and stand together as Americans first and not as Republicans or Democrats, there's nothing this great country can't accomplish."

Pataki, however, did voice concern, saying that although Homeland Security is doing a good job in protecting the country and the fight against ISIS is going well, "sadly, it's all offset by what is happening in Iran."

He said that back in 2001 the major enemy was the terrorist organization Al-Qaida, but "Now you have a major state, Iran, no longer isolated financially or politically, funding and aggressively exporting and supporting terrorism… around the world."

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Reflecting on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, former New York Gov. George Pataki recalled on Sunday his twin feelings of "absolute horror and tremendous pride" on that day."There was one overriding image that I will never forget," Pataki, who was...
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