Former US President George W. Bush speaks at a 9/11 memorial service at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on September 11, 2021. – America marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 Saturday with solemn ceremonies given extra poignant the recent chaotic withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and return to power of the Taliban.
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Violent extremists in the United States and abroad are “children of the same dirty mind,” former President George W. Bush said in his speech commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks.
The former president gave a speech in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where he spoke of the heroism of the passengers and crew of Flight 93, which crashed into a field after the passengers and crew fought against the hijackers to prevent another attack.
In the speech, Bush compared domestic extremists to foreign terrorists who attacked the US 20 years ago.
“We’ve seen mounting evidence that the dangers to our country can come not just across borders, but from violence accumulating within,” Bush said.
“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,” he continued.
The former president said domestic and foreign extremists share a “contempt for pluralism,” a “contempt for human life” and a determination to defile national symbols, which appears to refer to the Jan. 6 riots in the Capitol.
Bush also criticized the presence of culture wars in American politics.
“When it comes to America’s unity, those days seem a long way from ours,” Bush said. “There seems to be vicious violence at work in our ordinary lives, turning every disagreement into an argument and every argument into a clash of cultures.”
The son of former President George H.W. Bush said our politics has become a “naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment,” and said he is concerned about our future.
The president said he remembers “millions” of Americans gathered on a day of “trial and grief” after the 9/11 terror attacks.
“At a time when nativism could have fueled hatred and violence against people perceived as outsiders, I saw Americans reaffirm their welcome to immigrants and refugees,” Bush said. “That’s the nation I know.”
In the speech, Bush also acknowledged critics of the war on terror he had started.
“The military measures taken over the past two decades to address the dangers at their source have sparked debate, but one thing is certain: we owe an assurance to everyone who has fought our nation’s recent battles,” he said. Bush while praising members of the administration. army.
“The cause you have pursued in your duty is the noblest that America has to offer. You have protected your fellow citizens from danger,” Bush said. “You have defended the beliefs of your country and promoted the rights of the oppressed… we are grateful.”