Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a hero of 9/11, says he’s convinced that the United States will again be the victim of a terrorist attack.

Speaking with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes on August 10, Giuliani said Israel’s attacks on Hezbollah terrorists “underlined” why the American effort in Iraq is so important.

“Engaging the terrorists by being on the offensive against them has kept us safe. And we’re not going to be safe forever, and we are going to be attacked again.”

Asked if the United States is “significantly safer” today than on 9/11, Giuliani said: “We are safer, but we’re not safe.”

He also maintained that terrorist attacks on the West began long before 9/11.

“We’ve been at war for a lot longer than we ever realized. I mean, this goes back to the 70s with the attack on the Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics. The killing of Leon Klinghoffer. Wherever there’s hijackings and bombings.

“In ’94, ’95… because of American intelligence and Philippine intelligence, they were able to arrest and stop people who were going to bomb 10, 12 airplanes.

“We kind of think like it started with Sept. 11. It goes way back.”

Giuliani brushed aside the suggestion that the West may ultimately be able to negotiate with terrorists.

“You cannot negotiate with them. These are not people — they have demonstrated to us that they despise us. They hate us. They want to kill us.

“And they want to kill us because we’re a modern society. They want to kill us because we give women rights. They want to kill us because we have freedom of religion. They want to kill us because we have elected officials. They want to kill us because we’re modern and we can’t give that up.”

Giuliani called the defeat of Sen. Joe Lieberman in the Connecticut primary “a perfect example of how you can be victimized over one issue.”

Hannity asked if the Democratic Party had been taken over by the left, and Giuliani responded: “I think the Democratic Party is the party of the left.”

Not surprisingly, Hannity brought up the subject of Giuliani’s possible run for the White House in 2008.

Hannity: “You’re spending a lot of time in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Can one assume that you are very seriously now contemplating announcing running for president?”

Giuliani: “You can assume that I’m seriously talking to people and getting their advice. But I’m not contemplating announcing for president.”

Hannity: “If you were to, when would you do it?”

Giuliani: “It wouldn’t be until after the 2006 elections.”