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Biden calls for unity as nation marks 20th anniversary of 9/11

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By Andrea Shalal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday called for national unity as the United States prepared to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that killed 2,977 people, calling it America's greatest strength in the face of adversity.

Biden, speaking in a videotaped recording at the White House https://twitter.com/POTUS/status/1436444392584253442, honored the memories of those killed in the attacks and the thousands more injured, as well as the firefighters, nurses and many others who risked or gave their lives during the subsequent rescue missions and long road to recovery.

He also acknowledged the "darker forces of human nature - fear and anger, resentment and violence against Muslim Americans, true and faithful followers of a peaceful religion" that he said had bent, but not broken, American unity.

"To me, that's the central lesson of Sept. 11, is that at our most vulnerable, in the push and pull of all that makes us human, and the battle for the soul of America, unity is our greatest strength," he said.

"Unity doesn't mean we have to believe the same thing. We must have a fundamental respect and faith in each other, and in this nation," he added.

The White House released the video on the eve of the 20th anniversary, which Biden will mark by visiting all three sites that were attacked https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-visit-all-three-sites-sept-11-attacks-white-house-2021-09-04.

On Saturday, Biden and first lady Jill Biden will visit New York City, where two airliners destroyed the World Trade Center and killed 2,753 people; the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, where a third airliner crashed; and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where passengers forced down a fourth aircraft believed to have been headed to the U.S. Capitol or White House.

The president's appeal for unity comes at a time when political divisions over the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine mandates https://www.reuters.com/world/us/bidens-covid-vaccine-mandate-angers-republicans-libertarians-2021-09-10, and voting and abortion rights, are boiling over across the country.

Hate crimes against Arab-Americans, Muslims and others perceived as Arab or Muslim surged after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and while they have abated in recent years, the numbers have never returned to levels seen before the attacks, FBI data show.

More recently, the United States has seen a rise in anti-Semitic and anti-Asian discrimination and hate crimes.

Biden calls for unity as nation marks 20th anniversary of 9/11
 

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Catholic Man
CatholicMan Sep 13, 2021 12:10AM ET
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LOL, unity while trying to enforce tyranny.
Forex Harbingers
Forex Harbingers Sep 12, 2021 3:13PM ET
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"Our patience is wearing thin" "We must all unite". haha, wow
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Sep 11, 2021 1:30PM ET
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Biden hypocrisy has no limits. Biden leftist regime divides Americans by race, political party, medical status. Democrat Party exists by dividing Americans among race without race baiting the Democrat Socialist Communist party would die.
Andreas Goodwin Smith
Andreas Goodwin Smith Sep 11, 2021 11:31AM ET
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The Democratic National Socialist Party has consistently brought divisive policies and put forth a candidate that has consistently shown that he is not in control and has to be told by others on what to do. Now that they have generated chaos and set tyrannical measures, they want your unity to comply to their will. I don't blame Biden, nor the voters, but I do blame the Democratic Socialist Party and the complicit media that is protecting each other. It was but a few generations ago that similar actions took place in Europe. Unless the people vote for their own freedom, I am afraid that there will be a different unity... those that don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it. No doubt China, North Korea, Iran and Russia are all jumping for joy at what is happening in the US now.
Josh Davis
Josh Davis Sep 11, 2021 11:22AM ET
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You want unity but divide the country allowing vaccine mandates? Good call hypocrite
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam Sep 11, 2021 5:01AM ET
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when I don't know how to do my job, I will blame computers and everything else. Trump did that. May Trump soul not rest in peace when ever he will be gone. I have no Idea.
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Sep 11, 2021 5:01AM ET
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You really know nothing about what was actually happing and is happening with the USA under Clinton/Bush/Obama/Biden. Jobs moved out of USA under those Presidents. Trump brought the jobs back to the USA. Trump was also a peace President, where also the other presidents bombed the the countries.Anyway, you believe what you like
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MuraliKrishna Brahmandam Sep 11, 2021 4:58AM ET
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Americans must stay united republican or democratic or green what ever, Trump was the bad guy that sowed seeds of division and hatred. Trump is history, doesn't mean professor Biden is much better than Trump but Biden is better than Hillary. so thank Trump from stopping Hillary, Trump role was just that to stop Hillary.
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Sep 11, 2021 4:58AM ET
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A thieve cant unite a country.
Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel Sep 11, 2021 12:16AM ET
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What’s hilarious to me is that people think their life matters. Nobody’s life matters, we’re all going to die, and nobody gives a $h!+ about you. Enjoy what you have while you have it.
Darren Caris
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unity? from the party that viciously attacked the last admin before they even took office? it's like punching a person in the face and then calling for peace.
 
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