Opinion: Yes, the Jan. 6 insurrectionists were terrorists. George W. Bush just indicted them.

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  5 days ago  •  7 comments

Opinion: Yes, the Jan. 6 insurrectionists were terrorists. George W. Bush just indicted them.
“There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit." He added, "It is our continuing duty to confront them.”

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Opinion: Yes, the Jan. 6 insurrectionists were terrorists. George W. Bush just indicted them.








Former president George W. Bush speaks at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)







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Few Americans expected wisdom from former president George W. Bush on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Even fewer expected wisdom on the current state of our politics. That is nevertheless what we got from   his remarks   in Shanksville, Pa., today.





In perhaps the most important words spoken in his political career, Bush in his remarks at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 drew a straight line between the 9/11 terrorists and the 1/6 terrorists. “We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within,”   he said . “There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit." He added, "It is our continuing duty to confront them.” Bush’s words were an indictment not only of the violent MAGA insurrectionists but also, implicitly, of his party that coddles them and the leader whom the 1/6 terrorists wanted to install by force.







The violent insurrectionists carried symbols of the Confederacy (the traitors whose rebellion resulted in more than 600,000 American deaths) in the Capitol, where they trashed the citadel of democracy and tried to hunt down House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Capitol, of course, was   the suspected target of Flight 93 ; the heroes on board that plane spared the lawmakers and others who worked there from the fate of occupants of the twin towers and the Pentagon. The 1/6 terrorists breached the building the 9/11 terrorists could not. Both the 9/11 terrorists and the domestic 1/6 terrorists sought to destroy our democracy in service to a crazed ideology of intolerance.














When viewed in that context, the actions of the former president and his party should horrify all decent Americans. One can imagine how their actions and rhetoric would have sounded if the other “children of the same foul spirit” were radical Islamists.





“We love you; you’re very special,” then-President Donald Trump   told   the Jan. 6 terrorists as their assault on democracy continued. Later, he   declared , "These were peaceful people, these were great people.” He insisted, “The crowd was unbelievable and I mentioned the word ‘love,’ the love in the air, I’ve never seen anything like it.” No president and no party could have survived if the object of his remarks were   foreign   rather than domestic terrorists. No president could have avoided prosecution if the crowd he inspired to march on the Capitol had been radical Muslims ready to kill elected leaders and stop democracy in its tracks.





And the Republican Party continues to minimize, deflect and ignore the 1/6 terrorist attack. Can one imagine in the wake of 9/11 Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell   asking senators as a "favor”   not to investigate the 9/11 attacks? Consider the reaction had House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy insisted we not bother investigating 9/11 because the other side was simply seeking to score political points. One can only imagine the reaction if, after a foreign attack premised on the big lie, Sens. Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley and the other Republicans proceeded to make challenges to the democratic process based on the same conspiracy theory advanced by foreign terrorists.














In every case, had the terrorists been foreigners, we would have labeled their Republican apologists as anti-American, if not traitorous. There is no difference, as Bush pointed out, when the terrorists carry Confederate flags or a radical Islamist flag. As he said, “It is our continuing duty to confront them” — not to sympathize with them, not to turn them into martyrs.





In musing about what has become of a country where “every disagreement [turns] into an argument, and every argument into a clash of cultures," Bush decried politics that is no more than “a naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment.” Only one party matches that description. Bush used a powerful refrain, one that also serves as a rebuke to the racist, antidemocratic MAGA movement:





At a time when religious bigotry might have flowed freely, I saw Americans reject prejudice and embrace people of Muslim faith. That is the nation I know.

At a time when nativism could have stirred hatred and violence against people perceived as outsiders, I saw Americans reaffirm their welcome of immigrants and refugees. That is the nation I know.





Bush’s bluntness was a refreshing antidote to the usual blasé treatment of a radicalized Republican Party that embraces “children of the same foul spirit” as the 9/11 terrorists. The press, the ecosystem of donors, activists and operatives, and even, to an extent, the Democrats all treat Republicans as a normal political party within our democratic system, rather than as the enablers of a “foul spirit” and violent extremism. They shy away from labeling Republicans as “1/6 truthers” when the GOP’s effort to direct blame away from the actual terrorists is no better than claiming 9/11 was an inside job. (McCarthy and his cohorts   insist   it’s Pelosi who should be investigated.)














Our collective error may have been in refusing to consistently label 1/6 as a terrorist attack and its perpetrators as terrorists. If we do that, as Bush did, we would arrive at a much more realistic — and damning — portrait of today’s GOP. The media would be compelled to drop its false equivalence between the parties. We would, in short, reach the inevitable conclusion that today’s GOP operates outside of and is a threat to peaceful democratic governance and a multiracial democracy.





A course correction is still possible. Bush reminds us: It is never too late to recalibrate our perspective and revisit our language.


















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JohnRussell
Professor Principal
1  seeder  JohnRussell    5 days ago
Our collective error may have been in refusing to consistently label 1/6 as a terrorist attack and its perpetrators as terrorists. If we do that, as Bush did, we would arrive at a much more realistic — and damning — portrait of today’s GOP. The media would be compelled to drop its false equivalence between the parties. We would, in short, reach the inevitable conclusion that today’s GOP operates outside of and is a threat to peaceful democratic governance and a multiracial democracy.
 
 
 
Greg Jones
PhD Expert
1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @1    5 days ago

One failed unorganized 'riot' by a couple hundred fools doesn't amount to a threat to our democracy or cultural diversity....let alone an insurrection or revolution. The system worked as intended and the perpetrators are being brought to justice. It is interesting to note that there have no been no further large scale events like what happened in January. Isolated incidents by a couple right wing fringe groups don't amount to much.

In the view of many, radical left wing extremism remains the largest threat to our democracy and our freedoms.

 
 
 
Hallux
Freshman Principal
1.1.1  Hallux  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    5 days ago

In the view of most, many is a smaller number.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
1.1.2  devangelical  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    5 days ago

I watched 1/6/21 happen in real time, while I cleaned all my handguns...

it's only a matter of time before somebody builds a data base disclosing the names, addresses, and mugshots of every one of these maga traitors using the available public records on them. let them look over their shoulders for the rest of their treasonous lives and wonder if and when.

 
 
 
Nerm_L
Senior Principal
2  Nerm_L    5 days ago

By all means, let's make Americans the enemy.  Let's completely ignore how Joe Biden and George W. Bush fucked up everything.

Any semblance of unity was pissed away in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and, now, Afghanistan.  The military fears Iran and wants a bigger budget to play Cold War games with China.  We've lived through 20 years of fuck up after fuck up and it's all because Americans are the enemy of the United States government.

Let's ignore the Bonus Army of 1932 when World War I veterans occupied Washington D.C. to demand early payment of their bonuses because of the Great Depression.  Let's ignore how Douglas McArthur led the Army to remove the protesters at the point of a bayonet.  The country's military veterans became the enemy because they wanted what they were owed by the government before the date set by the government.  

 
 
 
Ronin2
Masters Quiet
3  Ronin2    5 days ago
"There is little cultural overlap between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home. But in their disdain for pluralism, in their disregard for human life, in their determination to defile national symbols, they are children of the same foul spirit." He added, "It is our continuing duty to confront them.”

He just described every last BLM and Antifa rioter. So why aren't they being brought to justice; instead of being released w/o charges by a highly partisan DOJ?

The left completely misses the mark again; what else is new?

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
3.1  devangelical  replied to  Ronin2 @3    5 days ago
every last BLM and Antifa rioter

name those BLM and antifa rioters that breached the capitol building with the intent to obstruct the constitutionally mandated certification of a presidential election by a joint session of congress. name them here and now. 

 
 
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