I can’t express how disappointed I was with former President George W. Bush’s terrible comments at a 9/11 ceremony in Shanksville, PA. He diminished the heroism and monstrous loss of life on 9/11, a day never to be forgotten, by comparing it to a pathetic partisan protest which history should barely remember. During the September 11 attacks in 2001, 2,977 people were killed, 19 hijackers committed murder-suicide, and more than 6,000 others were injured. The immediate deaths included 265 on the 4 planes (including the terrorists), 2,606 in the World Trade Center and the surrounding area, and 125 at the Pentagon. The attacks remain the deadliest terrorist act in world history.
The Jan. 6 protests and foolishness at the Capitol resulted in 1 death, the unnecessary shooting by police of an unarmed protester who was banging on a window. I share with the former President sadness of the disappearance of post-9/11 unity and the rise of today’s poisoned politics. Bush has a right to be critical of the growing partisan division in our country as well as the foolish actions which occurred on Jan. 6, in the so-called “insurrection.” (Look up that word in the dictionary to see how inappropriate it is to use it for what happened on Jan. 6. It was a protest-gone-wrong, not an insurrection.)
However, it is shameful, literally disgraceful, for the former President to compare the deadliest terrorist act in world history with thousands of deaths and casualties best remembered by the collapse of the World Trade Centers with an overzealous and foolish march and demonstration which is best remembered by the QAnon Shaman in a horned bearskin headdress, with face paint, and carrying a spear with an American flag attached to it.
There is absolutely no comparison in scale, act, motivation, or outcome between Sept. 11 and Jan. 6. Both may have foul odors, but they aren’t “children of the same foul spirit.” Had the 9/11 attackers survived, they would have been charged with mass murder. Most of the Jan. 6 rioters have been charged with “Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building. “What’s the old idiom about comparing apples and oranges? This is more like comparing apples and elephants. Shame on you, George W. Bush! You’ve simply added to division in our country.
If you listen carefully, you can hear the sound in Pike County’s piney woods of old Bush-Cheney bumper stickers being chiseled off old pick-up trucks, and rightfully so.
by Regretting I Voted for George W. in Magnolia
on September 22, 2021, 1:20 pm