Former US President George W. Bush has expressed concern over the spread of fear, hatred, and disunity in American society 20 years after the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Bush, who was president during the 9/11 attacks, said on Saturday at a service to mark its anniversary in Shanksville, Pennsylvania for the 20th time, “When it comes to the unity of America, those days seem distant from our own.”
He said nowadays in the United States the appeal is to spread fear and hatred in society to push ahead with political agendas. “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.”
In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the concept of terrorism was redefined and foreign extremists gained attention and emergency measures were imposed on Americans, imposing tight security and changes to airport checkpoints, police practices, and the government’s intrusive surveillance programs.
The immediate focus on outside terrorists led to some ideological violence. After years of focusing on foreign extremists in the wake of 9/11; however, US officials and the American public have lately become increasingly concerned with threats from domestic terrorists.
9/11 refers to a series of strikes that killed nearly 3,000 people and caused about $10 billion worth of property and infrastructure damage in the United States.
American officials claim the attacks were carried out by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists but many experts and independent researchers have raised questions about the official account.
The independent researchers say rogue elements within the US government, such as former Vice President Dick Cheney, orchestrated or at least encouraged the 9/11 attacks in order to accelerate the US war machine and advance the Zionist agenda.