As president Joe biden led the duel with stops at Ground Zero in New York City, a field in Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, sites where four hijacked planes armed by terrorists killed 3,000 people, a feeling of regret, recrimination and futility for a war gone wrong was palpable, particularly in light of Taliban return to power in Afghanistan.
The president of the United States did not comment on Ground Zero, but in a six-minute videotaped message released earlier by the White House, reflected on how the terrorist attacks shaped the United States, saying they brought a “true sense of national unity” while exposing the “darkest forces of human nature” in the form of fear and discrimination towards Muslims.
“For me, that is the central message of September 11th. It’s that in our most vulnerable moments, in the tug of war of everything that makes us human and the battle for America’s soul, unity is our greatest strength. Unity does not mean that we have to believe the same, but we must have fundamental respect and faith for each other and for this nation, ”said Biden.
Biden was accompanied by the First Lady Jill biden, former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, and former First Ladies Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton. President Bush met him in Pennsylvania.
As is usual practice, the names of the nearly 3,000 people, including at least 50 Indians or people of Indian origin, who died in the attack were read out.
Ironically, it was the man in command of the White House on September 11 who questioned whether the unit had lasted. “In the weeks and months after the September 11 attacks, I was proud to lead a united, incredible, and resilient people. When it comes to America’s unity, those days seem distant from ours,” Bush said in his speech on The occasion.
The former president also led the recognition in liberal and moderate circles that the threat of terrorism is not limited to any religion, race, ethnicity or country. He condemned “violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home”, saying that they are “children of the same unclean spirit.”
“The evil force seems to work in our common life that turns each disagreement into an argument and each discussion into a clash of cultures. Much of our politics has become a naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment,” he said in what appeared. be an indirect reference to Donald Triumph and the politics it spawned.
The 20th anniversary commemoration came against the backdrop of a never-ending pandemic, internal political turmoil and momentous events in Afghanistan with the return to power of an unrepentant Taliban, who had provided haven for the terrorist brains who planned and executed the attack on 11 September. September. .
While all the former presidents appeared to be on the same page and appeared with the headline at the commemorations, Trump cut this own path to memorials, criticizing Biden for the Afghanistan fiasco (which he initiated).
“We will continue to live, but unfortunately, our country will be hurt for a long period of time, we will fight to recover from the shame that this incompetence has caused,” he said.
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