George W. Bush speaks in Shanksville about the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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11.09.2021, 22:0312.09.2021, 12:27

The USA commemorated the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 on Saturday. President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden, as well as numerous relatives of victims and survivors, attended the memorial service at today’s memorial in New York. Former Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton were also present with their wives.

Joe Biden and his predecessors in New York on Saturday.

Joe Biden and his predecessors in New York on Saturday.

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National unity is the greatest strength of the United States, the US President said in advance by video message on the occasion of the commemoration. In the days after the attacks, heroic action, resilience and “a true sense of national unity” were demonstrated. Ex-President Obama expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victims and remembered the forces of the time and the US military. The military’s courage over the past 20 years also helped bring down bin Laden. Obama was president when a special military unit killed the then al-Qaeda chief in Pakistan.

Bush warns of terror in his own country

Mourning events also took place at the Pentagon and the Shanksville crash site on Saturday. In Pennsylvania, George W. Bush, who was US President on September 11th, also took part. It was a day of extremely mixed feelings, Bush said in a speech. There was horror “in view of the extent of the destruction” and “the boldness of evil”, at the same time there was “gratitude” and “awe” because of the heroism of the forces, the military and the sudden solidarity and mutual help among Americans. “We were proud of our wounded country.”

What was remarkable about Bush’s address were the parallels he drew between the 9/11 attacks and the January 6, 2021 assault on the Capitol. An angry Trump mob stormed the heart of US democracy at the time, killing several people.

“There is growing evidence that the dangers to our country do not only come from abroad, but also from the violence that is developing within the country,” said Bush. “There is hardly any cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their contempt for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to desecrate national symbols, they are children of the same evil spirit. “

Bush distanced himself not only clearly from the Trump mob, but also from large parts of the Republican Party, of which he himself belongs. Many exponents of the Grand Old Party still find it difficult to condemn the events of January 6th.

Trump himself said in the wake of the storming of the Capitol that these were “very peaceful people”. “Love in the air, I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Trump used the 20th anniversary of the attacks to criticize his successor. When he left Afghanistan, Biden looked like a “fool,” said the former president. “We will have difficulty recovering from the embarrassment that this incompetence caused.”

Biden showed on Saturday that you can respect yourself across party lines. “President Bush made a very good speech today,” said the Democratic President. (cma / sda)

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