Thursday, September 18, 2008

The OTHER 9/11

MamitaMala taught me something new today. She has a post up about what else has occurred on 9/11. Imagine that, the fall of the twin towers isn't the only thing that's ever happened on the eleventh of September. As a matter of fact, this date also marks the anniversary of the U.S.-backed overthrow of the democratically elected President of Chile, Salvador Allende on 9/11/73. Augusto Pinochet led the military in the attack on La Moneda (the President's official residence).

It's kind of sad that this doesn't get any attention here, especially in light of the fact that the American government was neck-deep in the entire affair. It's not really surprising though. You know, unless it happens to Americans, then it's not really PEOPLE who've died because it's only significant inasmuch as it affects us 'Merkins. *sigh*

My birthday is on the anniversary of the Massacre at Wounded Knee. To me, that is no coincidence, so I can never just "enjoy" my birthday without constantly thinking about how these ancestors were treated and how so many women and children never got to even live as long as I have. These soldiers murdered infants and received medals for their deeds.

In the end, tragedies like the Chilean coup and the Wounded Knee Massacre are just incidents to be glossed over by its perpetrators.


erika said...

a year or two ago i remember reading a poem about 'the other 9/11'-- emmanuel ortiz's "a moment of silence before i start this poem" --

it seems all too relevant to this post.

dmarks said...

Allende was a disaster. He has brought in Soviet troops from East Germany to help with his reign of terror, and he stated that he was proud that his country was following the Soviet fascist model.

Pinochet was a bad guy and deserves the prosecution and other efforts against him. However, the few thousand he killed was a fraction of what the Soviets killed in every country they took over: a plan that was under way under Allende. In an alternate history where Allende had stayed in power, many tens of thousands would have died as he consolidated totalitarian control.