The explosion near Grand Central during the evening commuting hours yesterday scared the Hell out of us New Yorkers.  We had a phone call from a family member working near the site before it was publicized asking us to find out what had happened and were we facing another terror attack?

We New Yorkers had one of those and few did not know someone who perished as a consequence of 9/11 or who is not ill now from working on the clean-up at the site which was not supervised either by Christie or Rudi who are dodging blame for the grave illnesses now affecting the thousands who worked at Ground Zero in good faith.

The security reports have made clear several things.  The empathy and support of the world for our 9/11 tragedy has been completely dissipated by the attack on Iraq — to satisfy the oil barons.

We know that we are now once again prime targets for the terrorists revitalized by the Bush and Co. crusade being read by Muslims as a religious war.  Who can blame them?  Cheney now apparently wants to attack yet another Muslim country, Iran.  And we blew our chances to destroy al Qaeda before it could become established in Pakistan where our guy is now in the line of fire from assassins who have grounds to accuse him of being the ally of their enemy, Bush.

With children and grandchildren at risk, I, as all New Yorkers, am feeling despair at what our own government has done to us — they have completely mucked it up!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent  212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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