The President seeks to show that this era is over and it’s time to look to the future.
The terrible events of September 11, 2001, unfolded in less than 102 minutes. On that day, 2,996 people died as a result of the worst terrorist attack in modern history.
After that, for 19 years, 10 months, three weeks, and two days, there was a war in Afghanistan, in which, according to the calculations of the Ministry of Defense, at least 2,325 American soldiers were killed.
No one knows exactly how many civilians died during this war.
On September 11, 2021, President Joe Biden will try to draw a line under these two tragedies, honoring the memory of those who died in three places, symbolizing the beginning of the longest war in American history.
The so-called Global War on Terrorism has spread far beyond Afghanistan, affecting Iraq and many other countries all the way to Africa.
In Iraq, the conflict has claimed the lives of almost 4,500 American servicemen and hundreds of thousands of civilians.
On Saturday, Biden will visit all three places where it all started: New York, where an American Airlines plane crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center, and 17 minutes later, a United Airlines plane crashed into the south tower.
He will also visit the Pentagon, where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed 34 minutes later.
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will also visit a memorial on the field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where another United Airlines plane crashed.
As Jeremi Suri, a history professor at the University of Texas at Austin, notes, this is intended to serve as a symbolic finale of the last 20 years.
“The president draws a line under the events of the last 20 years, “he said in an interview. – He acts like a historian, saying that we have ended the era, as it was at the end of the Second World War, and now it’s time to make new decisions, as Harry Truman did at the end of the Second World War era.”
“But, as always, we will also see that one era does not end when another begins,” he added. “Many of the issues raised 20 years ago still do not have a clear conclusion – such as is described in the books.”
According to Deputy National Security Adviser Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, it is important to remember that in the two decades since the event of September 11, there has not been a single such major terrorist attack.
“After September 11, we learned how to protect Americans from terrorism,” she said, addressing the Atlantic Council. – The system is not immune from failures, and terrible things are still happening. But thanks to a combination of actions at home and abroad, we can stop and prevent terrorist attacks like the events of September 11.”