Essay on What Bush Really Means

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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
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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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