Tuesday, 19 October, 2021

George W. Bush compares political extremists to 9/11 terrorists


New York: Former president George W. Bush took a thinly veiled swipe at the US insurrectionists who rioted at the US Capitol building on January 6 and other US political extremists during a 9/11 speech, calling them “children of the same foul spirit” as the terrorists who attacked America 20 years ago.

“We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within,” Bush said at a Shanksville, Pennsylvania, ceremony to remember the hijacking and crash of United Flight 93, which was commandeered by Muslim terrorists.

Former President George W. Bush, right, wipes his eyes next to former first lady Laura Bush, after he spoke at a memorial for the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 on September 11, 2021.

Former President George W. Bush, right, wipes his eyes next to former first lady Laura Bush, after he spoke at a memorial for the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 on September 11, 2021.Credit:AP

“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home,” Bush said.

“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.”

Bush’s 10-minute speech — before an audience that included Vice-President Harris and former vice-president Dick Cheney — compared what he called the unity of Americans after the attacks on September 11, 2001, with the disunity of the present day.

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“In the weeks and months following the 9/11 attacks, I was proud to lead an amazing, resilient, united people,” Bush said.

“When it comes to the unity of America, those days seem distant from our own.

“Malign forces at work in our common life that turn 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.”

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