During a speech at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11, former President George W. Bush equated violent foreign extremists to the violent domestic extremists who plague the United States today.
“Former President George W. Bush commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on Saturday at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania, recalling a time of American unity and drawing a sharp contrast with the present-day divisiveness of the country’s politics,”… according to The New York Times.
“‘For those too young to recall that clear September day, it is hard to describe the mix of feelings we experienced,’ Mr. Bush said at a ceremony held at the memorial. ‘There was horror at the scale of destruction, and awe at the bravery and kindness that rose to meet it. There was shock at the audacity of evil, and gratitude for the heroism and decency that opposed it.’
“He added that ‘the actions of an enemy revealed the spirit of a people, and we were proud of our wounded nation.’
…”‘When it comes to the unity of America, those days seem distant from our own.’ [emphasis added]
“He continued: ‘Malign force seems at work in our common life 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. That leaves us worried about our nation and our future together.’... [emphasis added]
“‘There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,’ he continued. ‘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.’“ [emphasis added]
For more of this report, go to The New York Times.
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Bush: “There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and … at home. 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.” https://t.co/vFLORKRloL
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) September 11, 2021