Giuliani: New York's 'Finest Hour'

Giuliani: They should be honest with them. Honest in a sensitive and a careful way. Honest about what happened, why it happened. I think you should be honest with children. I think they need to know the enormity of this, how difficult it is, how much pain, how much suffering is going to be caused by it. And then I think they need to learn the history of America, and why it's necessary to go through this. The generation that I'm a part of kept hearing about how the price of democracy is a very high one. And that you don't just take democracy for granted, and you may have to defend it, and you may have to fight for it. But we really were never put to the test the way we are now. And I think our children have to learn that. I've learned it from the generation before me, the generation that fought the Second World War, that the price of democracy is a high one and that people have to be ready to defend it in all the different ways in which you defend it. We have to teach our children that. That's the way in which you extend freedom and democracy … Don't hide things from them. Explain what has happened to them. But explain the importance of their way of life. Explain the importance of democracy and the rule of law, and regard for human beings and the kinds of things that are under attack right now.

False Hope?

Walters: Do you realistically think that there still is hope that the missing will be found?

Giuliani: I think every hour, every day that goes by, the realistic part of that hope diminishes. But I'm told by the experts who do recoveries that there's still a chance that we can save some lives. There's still a chance that we can save some lives … And I tried to figure out, along with the governor and others, how to best express this, because you don't want to falsely give people hope. At the same time, you don't want to extinguish it. And you don't want to stop the men and women who are doing this from doing the recovery. And I think the fairest and most honest way to say it is that that hope is small. But it still exists. And if it does exist, it does not exist for large numbers of people. So we're going to try to save human life until we're told that that's impossible. But I don't want to raise anyone's hopes or expectations beyond the reality that we're told. That there's still a chance that we can save some lives and we're going to try to do that. And as I said to people, even if I were to try to stop the firefighters and the police officers and the construction workers …If I were try to stop them from searching, they wouldn't listen to me. They'd go ahead and search anyway. So we should let them do that. And we should just try to be as honest as possible with people about the chances here, which are not very great but there's some chance that still exits that some people can be recovered.

Walters: Perhaps more than anyone else in this country, you have seen the suffering and the grief and the courage. Even though you faced some of these things before, are you a changed man?

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