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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.

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Comment from Dr_Tad
Time September 11, 2010 at 8:39 pm

More on S11 2000 here: http://web.overland.org.au/2010/09/11/our-s11/

Comment from Arjay
Time September 11, 2010 at 8:57 pm

There are now;
400+ medical professionals
220+ Military,intelligence and Govt Officials
250+ pilots
400+ Professors
200+ artists,entertainers,media professionals

1200+ Architects and Engineers

All asking for a new independant investigation into 911. http://ae911truth.org/
http://patriotsquestion911.com/

The science is irrefutable.Govts and the media are cowering via self imposed censorship.Freedom or facism,the choice is ours.

Comment from John
Time September 11, 2010 at 9:41 pm

What poor deluded fools all these experts must be Arjay leading such unrewarding lives that they have to invent conspiracy theories to make their own miserable lives feel worthwhile. I guess class society and the alienation it produces explain religion too.

Comment from Arjay
Time September 11, 2010 at 10:34 pm

John ,I wish that we were all poor deluded fools since the reality is taking its toll on many within the 911truth movement.

I would prefer to live a life of oblivian and not know about the debauchery of Bush and his cronies,but I have a conscience and children who deserve a better future.

This isn’t going away like the assassination of JFK.This time they have over played their hand.

Comment from Marco
Time September 11, 2010 at 11:00 pm

John said:

“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.”

Karl Marx said the same:

“(…) for in money matters sentiment is out of place. You may be a model citizen, perhaps a member of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and in the odour of sanctity to boot; but the thing that you represent face to face with me has no heart in its breast.”

Capital Volume One, Chapter Ten: The Working-Day, Section 1 – The Limits of the Working-Day.