US commemorates 9/11, head bowed literally and geo-politically

WASHINGTON: The United States on Saturday commemorated the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the most venal terrorist attack in history, with its head bowed — literally and geo-politically.
As President Joe Biden led the mourning with stops at Ground Zero in New York City, a field in Pennsylvania, and at the Pentagon, sites where four hijacked airplanes weaponized by terrorists killed 3000 people, a sense of regret, recrimination, and futility about a war gone wrong was palpable, particularly in the light of Taliban returning to power in Afghanistan.

The US President did not make any remarks at Ground Zero, but in a six-minute videotaped message released before by the White House, he reflected on how the terror attacks shaped America, saying that it brought about a “true sense of national unity” while also exposing the “darker forces of human nature” in the form of fear and discrimination towards Muslims.
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