The 20th Anniversary of the “September 11” of American Presidents
China News Service, Washington, September 11 (Reporter Chen Mengtong) Facing the 20th anniversary of the “September 11” incident, the current and former presidents of the United States commemorated this special moment in different ways.
On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked a civilian airliner and rushed to landmarks in the US economy, military, and politics. Four planes, the Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon in Virginia, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killed nearly 3,000 people.
U.S. President Biden broke the official commemoration practice of previous years and went to New York, Shanksville and the Pentagon to attend the commemorative activities on the same day.
p > The United States launched the war in Afghanistan after the “September 11” terrorist attack. Biden is the fourth American president to experience this war, and he is also the president who finally ended the longest war in American history. He did not make an official speech on the 11th, but chose to release a 6-minute video speech on the evening of the 10th.
“Unity” became the key word of this speech. “Unity and perseverance are the ability to recover and heal in the face of trauma.” Biden said, “Unity has created us and created the best America. For me, this is ‘9·11’. The core lesson of the incident.” He finally emphasized that unity does not mean that we must believe in the same things, but we must have a basic belief in each other.
On the morning of the 11th, Biden and two other former Democratic presidents Obama and Clinton attended the memorial ceremony held at the site of the World Trade Center in New York.
During Obama’s eight-year tenure, in order to stabilize the situation in Afghanistan, the United States drastically increased its troops in Afghanistan. Also during his tenure, the United States took military action in May 2011 to kill bin Laden, the mastermind of the “September 11″ incident.
Obama issued a statement on the 11th, saying, “September 11 reminds us that so many Americans dedicate themselves in unusual ways-not only in moments of major crisis, but in every One day. Let us never forget this, let us never take it for granted.”
The then President George W. Bush, who witnessed “9.11” and ordered the war in Afghanistan, was in Shanks that day. Weir participated in a commemorative event. He gave a public speech to pay tribute to the families of the victims and talked about the strength that Americans have shown after the terrorist attacks 20 years ago.
Bush Jr. also issued a warning on the threat of domestic terrorism facing the United States. He said, “There is almost no cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and at home”, but both “defeat pluralism, disregard human life, and are determined to tarnish national symbols.” “They are the product of the same evil spirit. We It is the responsibility to continue to fight them”.
Former US President Trump did not attend the “September 11” commemorative event that day. In the morning, he released a 2-minute video clip of his past speech, titled “You Will Never Be Forgotten”. In the afternoon, Trump suddenly visited the New York Police Department. In the meantime, he lashed out at Biden’s decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, describing the withdrawal of US troops as “a terrible thing, ashamed, like surrendering.”
Withdrawal from Afghanistan was once Trump’s campaign promise. When he left office, the size of the US military in Afghanistan was reduced to about 2,500. During Trump’s tenure, the United States and the Taliban signed a peace agreement in February 2020, in exchange for the Taliban’s anti-terrorism commitments in exchange for a deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces.
The 96-year-old Jimmy Carter, the oldest living president of the United States, did not appear in public that day. The spokesperson said that Carter and his wife will commemorate the victims of the “September 11” through prayer and reflection at home. (End)