9/11 and the Death of Democracy

Forty-six years ago, on 9/11 in 1973, the US-financed-and-organised plan to overthrow the legally elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile was put into action.

Crowds in Santiago celebrating the electoral victory of Salvador Allende

During the violent military assault, the President died (assassinated or committed suicide to avoid capture) and over the next few years of the vicious and inhuman dictatorship of US-supported Pinochet, thousands of Chileans were imprisoned, tortured, and killed.



What happened in New York on this day 28 years later was also vicious and inhuman. However, it is about time for some reconciliation and regret for the extraordinary litany of war crimes the US has committed. If any US network or major media even mentions the Chilean anniversary during what will almost certainly be today’s spasm of Trump-like breast-beating, that would be a tiny start.

One Response to 9/11 and the Death of Democracy

  1. I agree, Jak. seems to me, democracy began to die during the Reagan years, with trickle-down economics.

    I’m reading Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen, a history of the US with the premise that belief in the fantastic has been the primary unifying definition of the country. And his novel, Heyday, the US in 1848, could be a fictional version of Fantasyland.

    Sad to watch the UK just now ….

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