What Bush Really Means
In light of the destruction of the World Trade Centers in New York, President
George W. Bush delivered a speech to the nation on September 20, 2001. He spoke of our losses, our fears, our hope, and our plans for the future. We can use Sam Hamill's
"The Necessity to Speak" to better interpret some of our President's ideas. Hamill states,
"Nothing will change until we demolish the 'we-and-they' mentality. We are human, and therefore all human concerns are ours" (463). In his speech, President Bush clearly defines who the "we-and-they" are. This war is not Islam vs. the United States of
America; it is the entire world, even civilization as we know it, vs. terrorism.
In the beginning, Bush recognizes how …show more content…
Many other countries besides America have been affected by this terrorist attack. To be more specific, "Nor will we forget the citizens of 80 other nations who died with our own: dozens of Pakistanis; more than 130 Israelis; more than 250 citizens of India; men and women from El Salvador, Iran, Mexico and Japan; and hundreds of
British citizens" (Bush par. 10). Aside from the direct affect we can see on other countries that this attack has caused, there are some indirect affects as well. True, the attack occurred on American soil, but if it can happen here in the US, there is no reason why it can't happen somewhere else. The threat is real, and that threat on other nations greatly contributes to the idea that we are all in this together.
In general, our true enemy in this situation is the enemy of freedom. "The evidence we have gathered all points to a collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations known as al Qaeda" (Bush par. 12). The known leader of this group is
Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden has been one of the most wanted men by the Central
Intelligence Agency (CIA) for years. In fact, he is wanted for much more than this most recent attack. "According to the US, Bin Laden was involved in at least three major attacks - the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1996 killing of 19 US soldiers in
Saudi Arabia, and the 1998 bombings in Kenya and Tanzania" ("Who is . . . " 2). As
Hamill would say, the "they" is not merely Osama Bin Laden and
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September 11, 2001 was a tragic part of history for the United States of America. On September 11, four planes crashed down by hijackers at the Pentagon, the Twin Towers, and a Pennsylvania field. The Pentagon and World Trade Center were the primary buildings where the Al Qaeda wanted to attack. The White House was another target, however they never made it. Later that night, President George W. Bush gave a speech about 9/11 in the Oval Office. George W. Bush inspired America of their safety and security of his confident tone, religious beliefs,word choice.
When Bush addressed the nation, he had to assure the American people of their country’s strength, which would undoubtedly triumph through this unthinkable misfortune. George W. Bush states, “These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong (Eidenmuller).” This shows how Bush is trying to create an emotional connection to the audience by instilling in Americans that our country must remain unified and strong during this time of terror. Bush also states, “These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve (Eidenmuller). This statement testifies that our country cannot be broken, and our country will prevail. About one-in-five Americans cite the country’s response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as the time in their lives when they felt most proud of their country (Gramlich). This indicates just how powerful our country can be if everyone works together. The terrorist attacks on the United States will forever be burned into the memories of Americans. That being the case, Bush’s attempt at creating an emotional connection to the audience was successful because he brought the country together with words of strength.
of American life on our soil since the San Francisco earthquake of 1906. This terrorist attack
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