Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Two 9/11s Chile and United States

The world has witness sad coincidences on a grand scale for decades. This year marks several important anniversaries. Perhaps the most coincidental is September 11 attacks of 2001 and 1973.

The first 9/11 in 2001 needs no introduction for anyone to understand its magnitude and horror. Some 3,000+Americans in New York, Pentagon and Pennsylvania were brutally killed by four airplanes turned into missiles and crashed into buildings. 12 years later the pain is still just as fresh as it was than.

September 11th Attacks-As it happened, Before the Break Bulletins and continues

9/11 Zero Hour part 1

CNN Live Coverage of Pentagon attack 9/11/2001

September 11, 1973 Santiago Chile, 40 years later

The second and original 9/11. To the south of the United States is the South American nation of Chile. Currently, Chile is doing economically well despite continuous student protests for education reform. In 1973, Chile witness its first assult against its government and people from a CIA backed coup against the Democratically elected Chilean president Salvador Allende. The September 11 Coup brought the Fascist, military commander Augusto Pinochet to power. Pinochet implemented neoliberal policies at the expense of Chilean people an attempt to give a shock to the economy and rapidly develop Chile into a developed country. The military invaded the Presidential Palace in Santiago the Chilean capital where Allende committed suicide. Allende was a left leaning leader who received support from wide sections of Chilean society ie students, families, union workers and peasants as well as the poor who were ignored by Chile's previous presidents and economy prior to Allende's ascension to the Chilean presidency. The US government, as it had done in Asia and Africa, relied on a repressive and brutal containment policy to halt the spread of communism and popularity of socialism. Despite the technical and political differences between communism and socialism, they are often viewed as one in the same. One reoccurring method was using proxy war and CIA coups to overthrow leaders who were considered a threat to American influence and power in various world regions from 1930 to present. The US had supported pre Cold War coups against Latin American and Caribbean countries to maintain the Monroe Doctrine and its influences over European imperial powers in its so called "Backyard" Latin America. Fidel Castro is the only known Latin American leader to survival over hundred plus coups and proxy wars against him while other leaders were imprisoned or assissinated by counter revolutionaries often supported by the US. See Iran Contra Affair.

Chile, Allende and 1973 Coup

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