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‘They are savages who destroyed almost 3,000 lives’

Tom Von Essen was commissioner of the FDNY on Sept. 11, 2001, and later served because the regional director of the Federal Emergency Administration Company through the COVID-19 outbreak. Right here, he responds to experiences that the Biden administration could supply plea offers to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and different terrorists liable for the 9/11 assaults that will take the loss of life penalty of the desk:

How do you even reply to the potential for permitting these completely evil low-lifes the chance to make a plea deal?

These are usually not unusual criminals. They’re savages who destroyed virtually 3,000 lives of harmless women and men who had been simply going to work, and first responders who gave all of it for strangers.

They ruined the lives of the households and family members of these they killed. They ruined the lives of numerous women and men who’ve died since Sept. 11 from associated sickness from inhaling poisonous fumes from the crash of the Twin Towers.

Tom Von Essen
Tom Von Essen served as commissioner of the FDNY on Sept. 11, 2001.
Rex C Curry

Failure of management

This debacle is compounded by the incompetence of our authorities that didn’t know what to do with these animals for 22 years — so I suppose the choice now’s to do nothing. What nice management! 

Former Protection Secretary Bob Gates mentioned that Joe Biden has by no means been proper about international coverage, and right here we have now one other good instance.

Let’s not maintain the Saudis accountable — let the Saudis purchase respectability by spreading obscene wealth to individuals who hit golf balls or another actually unimportant activity.

When will we make a acutely aware effort to guide the world with respectful, moral motion? 

Let’s attempt to put apart our corruption, greed and incompetence for simply a short while.

These criminals ought to by no means be used as commerce bait for different hostages. These criminals ought to be delivered to trial, and when convicted, they need to be executed.

Even the timing of this ill-conceived concept is painful to the households, and to me personally. It very quickly would be the twenty second anniversary of that horrible day in September.

All of us begin to get invites to memorials, lots and so many remembrances. We take into consideration the women and men we misplaced on a regular basis however much more when Sept. 11 approaches.

Households attend or not. Some simply can’t take it anymore and keep at dwelling with family members and keep in mind in their very own method.

For me, I have to attend the ceremony. I have to out of respect for males that will not solely put their lives in danger for family members however for complete strangers. It takes a particular man or lady to try this.

Smoke pours from the twin towers of the World Trade Center after they were hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist attack September 11, 2001 in New York City.
Shut to three,000 People misplaced their lives within the September 11 terrorist assaults.
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Don’t make it worse

Our first responders, our navy, our nurses and docs — these are the folks that we should always save the phrase “hero” for. I witnessed it once more main the FEMA response to COVID-19 in New York Metropolis.

I’ve by no means seen the extent of dedication that the emergency room docs and nurses together with EMS displayed. Watching a whole bunch, then hundreds, of sick folks die each day with out household round to console them.

We can’t forestall harmless folks from dying because of illness.

We are going to by no means have the ability to cease horrible evil males from taking the lives of harmless good folks. 

However we do have an obligation to care for their family members after they’re gone.

Our leaders even have an obligation to make each effort to search out and punish these accountable.

It’s fairly apparent we have now completed a poor job with that accountability from the start. We must always not make it any worse by negotiating concessions with these lower-than-human people.

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