Former President George W. Bush drew a parallel between overseas and home extremists in his speech to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 assaults from Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. He condemned each equally.
“We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders, but from violence that gathers within,” Bush mentioned from the sphere the place Flight 93 crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, amid a battle between terrorists and passengers.
“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,” Bush mentioned, “but in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit, and it is our continuing duty to confront them.”
While Bush didn’t explicitly contact on the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, his speech inevitably invoked the home assault on the seat of American political energy that was spurred on by one in all his successors, President Donald Trump.
Domestic extremism proliferated within the years after the 9/11 assaults as a lot of America’s sources ― as directed below the Bush administration and the following Obama administration ― targeted as a substitute on the specter of worldwide terrorism. The FBI now considers home extremism a high risk to nationwide safety.
Trump was conspicuously absent from the occasions the place present and former U.S. leaders gathered to mark the historic event. He is predicted to offer commentary for a boxing match in Florida afterward Saturday.
President Joe Biden and first girl Jill Biden spent the morning in downtown Manhattan on the former web site of the World Trade Center towers to listen to the names of the greater than 2,000 individuals who perished there learn aloud.
They had been joined by former President Barack Obama and first girl Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D), and a big contingent of elected officers both from New York or serving within the Biden administration. A ceremony was additionally held on the Pentagon.
In Pennsylvania, Bush was joined by Vice President Kamala Harris to commemorate these misplaced within the terrorist assaults and to comment upon the methods they altered the world.
“Twenty years ago, we all found in different ways, in different places, but all at the same moment that our lives would be changed forever,” Bush started his speech. He mentioned later that “the security measures incorporated into our lives are both sources of comfort and reminders of our vulnerability.”
The 20th anniversary of the 9/11 assaults has prompted nationwide reflection on the good lengths which were taken ostensibly to guard Americans ― from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to the Patriot Act and the National Security Agency’s large program of home surveillance.
Both Bush and Harris remarked on the unity that emerged within the hours and days after the assaults took nearly 3,000 lives. Bush additionally spoke critically of the present political surroundings that “turns every disagreement into an argument and every argument into a clash of cultures.”
“So much of our politics has become a naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment,” he mentioned, occurring to focus on moments of grace seen 20 years in the past that higher signify “the nation I know.”
Bush concluded his remarks by addressing American service members straight, telling them, “you have been a force for good in the world.”
“Nothing that has followed ― nothing ― can tarnish your honor or diminish your accomplishments,” he mentioned, not two weeks after Biden accomplished a chaotic withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, ending the nation’s longest conflict.
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