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Ending the many September 11s

This September 11 marks the 39th anniversary of the US backed coup in Chile.
American henchman Augusto Pinochet killed Salvador Allende, the democratically elected President, and imposed a reign of terror on the Chilean people. Pinochet was Richard Nixon’s man.

Photo: On September 11th 1973, US-backed General Pinochet overthrew the democratically elected leader of Chile, Salvadore Allende.  Pinochet  ordered an air strike on the Presidential Palace, labor activists and famous folk guitarists were rounded up for torture, disappeared, and killed. Pinochet converted the national football stadium into a detention facility like Guantanamo Bay.  Chile's economy was turned into a plantation for the 1%, as inequality and poverty skyrocketed under the imposed Milton Friedman-style economic model.  Pinochet murdered over 60,000 Chileans after the coup.  In response, the Nixon administration committed more money, more training, more torture equipment.  The world didn't begin on September 11th, 2001.  Rather, for the first time in modern history, the victims of US imperialism gave Americans a taste of their own medicine.  In Chile, the US murdered tens of thousands and impoverished millions.  This wasn't America's first foray in international terrorism, nor would it be the last. The United States security state is a terrorist and a plague on the people of the world. The United States is a pariah state. Spread the good word.

 

Chilean presidential palace bombed

These butchers on the payroll of American power rounded up over 3000 leftists and executed them in the capital’s main sports arena. Something like 15,000 died at Pinochet’s hands in the years after.

This makes the main American political players in the coup – Nixon and Kissinger – the moral equivalents of Osama bin Laden.

As the US elite cynically manipulates the deaths of those killed eleven years ago on September 11 in America, where are their tears for the many dead in Chile, killed by the agents of their predecessors on the same day 39 years ago?

Chile under Pinochet became an experiment in free market economics. The imposition of laissez faire on the Chilean people needed a strong repressive state to ensure the real objective – more wealth for the rich – was carried out without too much resistance from the 99 percent. .

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 million innocent Iraqis have died as a result of the American invasion. This is the equivalent of 9/11 every few weeks in Iraq.

In Afghanistan the total is tens of thousands of civilians dead.

Apparently we moral relativists should accept that the 3000 killed by terrorists in the US are of much greater importance than the millions killed by US terrorists.

Ah but that’s the point, isn’t it? The one percent’s remembrance of 9/11 is designed as a cover for US terrorism and to reinforce and strengthen the rule and sway of the war mongers.

Barack Obama continues this criminal tradition with his slaughter in Iraq, Afghanistan and now Pakistan.

It gets worse. Every day 30,000 children die of avoidable causes, brought about by the inequalities global capitalism creates.

An alternative to the brutality of modern capitalism appeared briefly on the streets of Melbourne eleven 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 for a time the left in Australia.

Now the resistance to neoliberalism is globalising. The strikes across Europe, the swing to the radical Left in countries like Greece and the uprisings across the Arab world for freedom and food, justice and jobs offer real hope to humanity – that people come before profit and that only with the triumph of a cooperative and democratic society worldwide can we end all the September 11s.

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Comment from Ross
Time September 10, 2012 at 6:45 pm

There have been many deceptions in our history which the elites have used to create wars or subvert populations.

1/The Trojan Horse 900 BC

2/Nero Fiddles while Rome burns.Nero Blamed the Christians.64 AD

3/The Guy Fawkes Gun Powder Plot.They blew up the British Parliament to forment hatred of Catholics thus setting the stage for war withh Spain and Portugal.1605.
Boston Massacre. A deliberate provocation which culminates in the shooting of 5 colonists,eventually leading to the American Revolution of 1775.

5/ The Mexican-American Border Incident,leading to war and expansion 1846.

6/First Shots of Fort Sumter-Pres Lincoln looking fro an excuse for war,send a convoy to restock Fort Sumter,sparking the American Civil War.1861

7/Sinking of the Maine-Precipating Spanish-American War.1898.

8/Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand- another false flag which precipates WW1.1914

9/Sinking of the Lusitania, Brings the USA into WW1.1915 They had a passenger ship packed with amunitions which the Germans sunk 12 miles off Ireland.

10/Reichstag Fires-This vaults Hitler into power.

11/Gliewitz Attack-brings on the invasion of Poland and starts WW2.

12/Sneak Attack on Pearl Harbour-The USA knew the Japs were coming but the people did not want war.They let it happen.1941

13/Operation Gladio-Terrorism post WW2 by NATO’s secret armies.1953-1990

14/Korean Border Provocation by US to start Korean War.1950

15/Operations Northwoods-Plan by the Pentagon to blame Castro for the murder of Us citizens and justify the invasion of Cuba.1962

16/Gulf of Tonkin incident to escalate Vietnam war.1964

17/La Belle Discotheque Bombing in Berlin to justify an attack on Libya.1986

18/Kuwaiti Incubator Baby Deception-to launch the First Gulf War.1990

19/1993 World Trade Centre Bombing- Home grown terrorism fraud.

The rest of the false flag terrorism plots I’ll leave up to your readers to determine John.