Former President George W. Bush made a rare public appearance on Wednesday, saying that violent extremists abroad and at home are “children of the same foul spirit.”
On the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks, former President George W. Bush delivered a grave warning, stating that foreign radicals are not the only danger to the country’s security. Mr. Bush warned that “violence that collects inside” is just as deadly as radicals outside in the aftermath of severe political and social divide in the United States.
Mr. Bush, who was president on 9/11, said, “We have seen increasing evidence that the threats to our nation may come not just beyond borders, but in violence that accumulates inside.” “There is minimal cultural connection between foreign violent extremists and domestic violent extremists. They are offspring of the same vile spirit in their contempt for pluralism, their disrespect for human life, and their desire to corrupt national symbols, and it is our responsibility to fight them.”
On September 11, 2021, former US President George W. Bush addresses at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, during a 9/11 remembrance. – The United States commemorated the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday with somber rituals made all the more poignant by the recent chaotic withdrawal of soldiers from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s return to power. AFP/MANDEL NGAN/Getty Images
Mr. Bush’s comments come eight months after hundreds of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol building in an attempt to prevent the 2020 presidential election from being certified. Officials said at least 83 of the more than 570 individuals detained for their roles in the assault had connections to extremist organizations including the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and Three Percenters.
Far-right extremists are also scheduled to join a protest on September 18 at the United States Capitol, demanding “justice” for those accused in the Capitol assault.
Mr. Bush spoke on Saturday at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The hijacked aircraft was thought to be on its way to Washington, D.C., when the passengers and crew decided to crash it into a field, preventing it from reaching its destination.
Those 33 passengers and seven crew members, according to Mr. Bush, “stood in for us all.”
“Faced with an unthinkable situation, they comforted their loved ones over the phone, prepared for action, and thwarted evil’s plans,” Mr. Bush said. “These Americans were courageous, powerful, and unified in ways that surprised terrorists but should not surprise us.”
Former President George W. Bush claims that the passengers and crew members of United Flight 93 “stood in for us all.”
“Faced with an unthinkable situation, they called their loved ones to console them, braced each other for action, and destroyed evil’s plans.” pic.twitter.com/TtT19DiReH https://t.co/LaZCibIqoz pic.twitter.com/TtT19DiReH
September 11, 2021 — CBS News (@CBSNews)
According to a recent CBS News survey, 40% of Americans think that if foreign terrorists launched an assault today, the Unified States would not be as united as it was immediately after 9/11. Discrimination increased after the attacks, according to more than half of those polled.
The way Americans pulled together in the wake of the September 11 attacks is one of the most popular recollections of the events. The weeks after the assaults, however, were much more brutal for many Arab and Muslim Americans who were there at the time. In the two decades after the attack, political discourse has fuelled prejudice towards Muslims and others from the Middle East.
The Capitol riot, profound political divides, and last year’s demonstrations prompted by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police and the treatment of the AAPI community during the coronavirus epidemic have all contributed to an America that is even more divided.
In taped comments that he posted on Friday, President Biden addressed the country’s divisions.
We remember the 2,977 lives lost on September 11, 2001, and we salute those who risked and sacrificed their lives. Our greatest power, as we witnessed in the days that followed, is togetherness. We must remember that it is what makes us who we are. pic.twitter.com/WysK8m3LAb
September 10, 2021 — President Biden (@POTUS)
“Our greatest power in the fight for America’s soul is unity. Unity does not imply that we must all have the same beliefs. We must have a basic respect for one another and for our country “Mr. Biden said the following. “We are the only country in the history of the world founded on a concept, a notion that everyone is created equal and should be treated similarly throughout their lives.”