On Sunday, US Vice President Joe Biden spoke at a ceremony honouring the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the Pentagon. During his speech, Biden swore to defend American democracy.
We must defend, maintain, and safeguard our democracy because we have a duty to do so. The exact democracy that terrorists on September 11th wanted to bury in the blazing fire, smoke, and ash is the one that protects those rights to freedom. That requires a commitment from each and every one of us, he continued.
He added, “So many heroes were made here. So many of your loved ones were those heroes. Again almost immediately, with civilians and service members leaping action as the walls collapsed and the roof began to crumble.”
In order to defend and safeguard the American people, the Pentagon served as both the scene of a horrifying terrorist assault and the central command post for our response.
“We have made repairs to what was damaged. We strengthened what was under attack. The indomitable spirit, which was assailed, has never, ever faltered “said he.
Joe Biden promises to protect democracy.
The President declared, “We’ll keep an eye out for and disrupt those terrorist operations wherever we find them and wherever they may reside, and we’ll never hesitate to take the necessary steps to safeguard the American people.”
He also mentioned the July bombing he directed that killed al-Qaeda commander Ayman al-Zawahiri, who succeeded Osama bin Laden. He claimed that it took ten years to find and kill bin Laden.
Biden used the words of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on September 8: “Grief is the price we pay for love.”
The names of everyone who died in the September 11, 2001, assault were read out at the start of the event commemorating the anniversary of that day.
19 al-Qaeda hijackers took control of four jetliners, slamming two of them into the World Trade Center in New York and one into the Pentagon. Nearly 3,000 people died as a result.