September 11 – lest we forget
This September 11 marks the 37th anniversary of the CIA backed coup in Chile.
US henchmen killed Salvador Allende, the democratically elected President, and imposed a reign of terror on the Chilean people under ruling class US puppet Augusto Pinochet.
These butchers on the payroll of American imperialism rounded up over 3000 leftists and executed them in the capital’s main sports arena.
This makes the main American political players in the coup – Nixon and Kissinger – the moral equivalent of Osama bin Laden.
This is not because they are inherently evil (although that helps) but because of the positions they held as the political defenders of US imperialism.
Bush used the terrorist attacks of September 11 on New York as justification for US state terrorism against Afghanistan and then Iraq. Reliable estimates are that over 1.5 million innocent Iraqis have died as a result of the American invasion. In Afghanistan the total is tens of thousands.
Barack Obama continues this criminal imperialist tradition with his slaughter in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Pakistan.
An alternative to the brutality of modern capitalism appeared briefly on the streets of Melbourne ten years ago on 11 September. Tens of thousands of demonstrators protested against the World Economic Forum and showed the rich and powerful the anger of the streets.
It was a small small glimpse of the possibility of a new world, of open displays of anti-capitalism and rejection of the neoliberal straight jacket, and it revitalised the left in Australia.
Lest we forget the lessons of September 11 in Chile, the US and Australia.