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The president of the United States, Joe Biden, prioritized this Friday the unity of the Americans and put aside fear during a message to the nation recorded in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks which will take place on Saturday.
“For me, the main lesson of September 11 is that, when we are most vulnerable, in the ‘tug of war’ that is all that makes us human, in the battle for the soul of the United States. Unity is our greatest strength (…) We must not be afraid, ”said the president through a video posted on his Twitter account.
As part of the presidential logistics on Saturday, he is scheduled to visit the commemoration ceremony where the terrorist attacks occurred: New York, Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the Pentagon; Nevertheless, will not offer statements, preferring to do so through the speech this Friday, indicated the White House.
20 years after September 11, 2001, we commemorate the 2,977 lives we lost and honor those who risked and gave their lives. As we saw in the days that followed, unity is our greatest strength. It’s what makes us who we are — and we can’t forget that. pic.twitter.com/WysK8m3LAb
President Biden (@POTUS) September 10, 2021
“To the families of the 2,977 people from more than 90 nations killed on September 11, 2001, and the thousands more who were injured, America commemorates you and your loved ones,” added Biden. “We honor all those who risked and gave their lives in the minutes, hours, months and years that followed.”, he pointed.
He re-emphasized the unity necessary for Americans that must not be broken, and declared that “It’s what makes us who we are, it’s the best face in America. It does not mean that you have to believe in the same thing, but it does imply having a fundamental respect for the other, and having the hope and courage necessary to act and build a future that is not reactionary or based on fear “.
As a tribute to the relatives of those killed in the attacks, he stated that the country commemorates both the fatalities and their loved ones and added that these families have found it necessary to celebrate birthdays and important events “with a hole in the heart ”.
He added to his speech that this type of commemoration can make it an act for relatives and people close to the victims. “painful”, as if they had received the fatal news “a few seconds ago,” and he stressed that both he and Jill (Biden) are wearing them “Close to our heart”.
He concluded by saying that Americans have witnessed “the darkest forces in human nature: fear, anger, resentment and violence against American Muslims, true and faithful followers of a peaceful religion.”
The events of September 11 have marked a before and after in US foreign policy. It represented the beginning of an era of wars in the Middle East, including Afghanistan, where last month there were convulsive days with the withdrawal of troops, but which marked the end of a 20 years war.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.