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Bush called on Americans to confront violent domestic extremists on the 9/11 anniversary

The former president met with Barack Obama and Joe Biden to pay tribute to the victims of the attacks.

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Within the framework of 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, The ex-president George W. Bush He said on Saturday that Americans must confront violent domestic extremists, likening them to foreign extremists.

During a speech at the Fluight 93 Memorial en Shanksville, PensilvaniaHe assured that he has seen “increasing evidence that the dangers to our country can arise not only across borders, but also from the violence that accumulates internally.”

He pointed out that there is little cultural overlap between violent extremists from foreigners and fellow nationals, but pointed out that these types of people “are children of the same unclean spirit” because of their disdain for pluralism, “Contempt for human life” and his “Determination to desecrate national symbols”, adding that “It is our permanent duty to confront them.”

He regretted that there is currently a division in the United States that contrasts with the current political climate and the spirit of unity that he had seen after the September 11 attacks. “An evil force seems to act in our common life that turns every disagreement into an argument and every argument into a clash of cultures”, he recounted.

The former Republican president indicated that much of American politics has become a “Naked appeal to anger, middle and resentment”, and also stressed that this raises concern for the future of the nation. CNN.

Despite his statements, he acknowledged not having explanations or solutions, but he dared to tell the United States that he saw after the attacks that took place 20 years ago.

“At a time when religious fanaticism could have flowed freely, I saw Americans reject prejudice and embrace people of Muslim faith. That is the nation I know “said Bush, who stressed that they had reaffirmed their welcome to immigrants and refugees.

These comments came after members of the Republican Party expressed concern about the arrival of allied refugees from Afghanistan on US soil after the withdrawal of troops and the entire agonizing evacuation process from Kabul.

During the commemorative events on Saturday, both he and former President Obama and current President Biden paid tribute to the victims of the events of 2001. Donald Trump was the only absent among the last former president in 20 years, as he was visiting the 17th district of the New York Police Department in Midtown Manhattan.

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