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US President Joe Biden will visit all three US websites attacked by Al Qaeda on Saturday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Biden called on Americans to observe a moment of silence from 8:46 in the morning, which is also the time for the first of the four hijacked aircraft to fly into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York.
He said on Friday that these attacks were “one of the most unreasonable tragedies in our country’s history” and “tore a hole in the heart of our country.”
Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Virginia. The fourth plane crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers overwhelmed the hijacker.
The leaders at the time of the attack, former President George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump will also celebrate the anniversary.
The families of the victims of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum next to the place where the Petronas Twin Towers collapsed will read the names of their deceased relatives ceremony Starting at 8:30 in the morning, this will be six minutes of silence.
Activities planned to be held across the country include the annual “Flag Wave” commemorate On the slopes of Malibu, 2,977 American flags will be hoisted to commemorate everyone killed in the attack. The families of the victims are expected to gather in all three locations.
More than 2,400 American personnel were killed in the war following the attacks, which were planned by Al-Qaida jihadists from Afghanistan, and 20,000 were injured.death toll Includes 13 The United States withdrew its troops from Afghanistan last month. Biden said last month that 18 American veterans die by suicide every day.
Harvard professor of psychiatry and epidemiology, Karestan Koenen, witnessed the plane flying into the World Trade Center, and then accompanied the Grief Consultation on a visit to what was later called the Ground Zero. He said that the trauma left the country Has an indelible mark.
“It will never close,” she said. Koenen cites the “collective need” to remember the attack, which has led to emerging research on post-traumatic stress disorder that affects veterans and civilians.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken described this year’s commemoration on Friday as a “particularly touching” anniversary for war veterans, alluding to the fall of Kabul to the Taliban after the United States withdrew from the Taliban last month. Afghanistan.
Washington overthrew the Taliban after the United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001. On Saturday, the same ultra-conservative Islamic radical with ties to Al Qaeda formed a new government.
Biden tried to place this year’s commemoration in the context of the U.S. response to the attack—a way that has shaped America’s role in the world over the past 20 years.
Biden said last month: “When we turn the page that has guided our country’s foreign policy over the past two decades, we must learn from our mistakes,” Biden said last month that the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan ends the U.S. The longest withdrawal. war.
Biden believes that the withdrawal marks the end of an era of large-scale military operations aimed at reshaping other countries and the beginning of a new era focused on competition with China and more pressing domestic issues.
Richard Fontaine, chief executive of the New American Security Center, a bipartisan think tank, said that the United States had achieved “great success” in its response on September 11, including preventing another massive casualty attack on the mainland. But he also emphasized the “horrible ultra vires” cases, including the harsh treatment of detainees and the war in Iraq.
“The whole thing was over in 102 minutes, but… what we remember is the fear, confusion, confusion, and trauma of that day,” said Garrett Graf, the author of the oral history of the September 11 attack.
“The fact that we reacted so emotionally that day and chose to let ourselves be driven by fear is the key to understanding everything the United States has done wrong,” he said, referring to Washington’s subsequent global war on terrorism, including the war against Afghanistan and Iraq’s military intervention, the CIA’s recourse to black scenes and torture, and the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, all of which undermine the US’s global position and domestic polarization.
Biden promised to declassify part of the FBI’s investigation into the attack within the next six months, agreeing to the victim’s family’s request, and they hope that Saudi Arabia’s so-called role will be exposed.
In a video speech commemorating the anniversary, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, paid tribute to the lost life and cited US democracy and the Constitution as the guiding core principles.
“The United States will always lead,” he said.