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Today’s question is Trump attacks Bush for comparing 9/11 to 1/06. Is this right? Excellent question. President George Bush was visiting Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on 20th anniversary of September 11 attacks. In his speech Mr.Bush said
“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. 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.”
“In the weeks and months following the 9/11 attacks, I was proud to lead an amazing, resilient, united people. When it comes to the unity of America, those days seems distant from our own. A malign force seems at work in our common life that turns 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”
If you look at those words, Bush compares foreign Muslim terrorists to domestic extremists. He said, they are children of the same foul spirit.
With these words, he immediately became a darling of the mainstream media. CNN, MSNBC, NBC, BBC…on every channel, the commentators are praising Mr.Bush’s words. When he was in office, President Bush was vilified day and night by the media. He was compared to Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin. Now, he came a stalwart of democracy and human rights.
Twenty years ago, when Muslim terrorists attacked America, Mr.George Bush was the President of the United States. He told the nation that Al Qaeda carried out those attacks. American people were so shocked by those attacks and they were all united to confront Islamic terrorism. President Bush used that unity for his own agenda. His vision for the world is to plant democracies in Muslim nations. That itself is a naive, ignorant and dangerous vision. Muslims love sharia as the law of Allah. Most Muslims love to live under Sharia law because they consider as the law of Allah. They look at the Western secular democracy as decadent and godless. Mr.Bush took America to war in Afghanistan and Iraq to plant democratic governments in those nations. Looking back, we know he is a complete failure.
The Taliban took over Afghanistan with more rigor than they had ever been. Iraq became a shiite proxy to Iran. Al Qaeda is resurging and one American official said that they will be able to carry out another terrorist attack with a year or two. So, Bush could not destroy Al Qaeda which carried out September 11 attacks. He went after his nation building utopia which came to a screeching halt. Saddam Hussein had no role in September 11 attacks. Yet, Mr.Bush attacked Iraq. What happened? Lancet Survey says, over 601,027 people died violently from March 2003 to June 2006. Think about that. Over 600,000 people violently died due to Iraq War waged by Mr.George Bush. Most of those people were innocent Muslims who had nothing to do with Al Qaeda or the September 11 attacks.
Bush never apologized to their families for waging his war on their nation and their families. He and his administration fabricated lies that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Bush never apologized to American people for telling those lies and taking Americans into unnecessary nation-building wars.
Look at the US Deparment of Defense website, it shows that 4431 American soldiers died adn 31994 wounded in action as a result of the Iraq War. Some of my patients still struggling with PTSD from Iraq War.
In Shanksville speech, Bush should have apologized to the people of Iraq, of Afghanistan and of the United States for all the innocent blood that was shed on the altars of his egoistic wars. Rather he used that occasion to attack people who voted for Donald Trump. Bush wanted to see his brother Jeb Bush as US President to continue the military industrial complex that fights perpetual wars in foreign lands. Trump destroys Jeb and becomes the US President. Bush cannot stomach the loss to Trump. So, he is taking it on the people who chose Trump as the US President.
Comparing Trump voters to Al Qaeda terrorists is grossly misleading. If you look at January 6 attacks on US Capitol, the Trump supporters caused one natural death of a police officer. They did not intentionally kill anybody during their entire attack on the US capitol. They should not have done it.
They should have encircled the US Capitol, sing praises to God, and pray for his grace and guidance. They should have read some Bible verses and remembered our Lord Jesus Christ. They did not do that. They acted in their flesh. Yet, they are not as bad as Al Qaeda terrorists.
So, for Bush to say that they are of the same foul spirit is disingenuous, dishonest and dangerous. Because he is effectively giving a cue to the authorities: ‘Remember how I used September 11 attacks to wage war on foreign nations, now you can use January 6 to wage war on Trump voters’. If you deny wearing a mask, you are as bad as ISIS. If you deny taking a vaccine, you are as bad as Al Aqaeda. If you question an election, you are as bad as the Taliban’.
Donald Trump was a much better president than George Bush. Just take Trump’s foreign policy, he wanted to bring Bush’s Afghanistan war to an end after twenty years. He reached out to China, Russia and North Korea. He destroyed ISIS. His four years had seen the lowest number of casualties in America and abroad. Trump said, Bush ‘should not be lecturing anyone’. I completely agree with that. Bush is responsible for the deaths of thousands of American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of innocent Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan.
So, I would say, Bush is entirely wrong in comparing foreign Muslim terrorists to Trump voters. Thank you.