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From: Jerry West (record@island.net)
Date: Fri Sep 20 2002 - 00:06:00 EDT

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    THE RECORD
    September 11, 2002

    Editor's Corner

    It has been one year today since the Saudi Arabian
    terrorists attacked New York City and Washington DC.
    The last week or so the television has been buzzing
    with commemorative programming, and the US propaganda
    machine has been working overtime building up the
    importance of the event and turning it into some sort
    of national holy day. September 11 will be forever
    etched in our minds, they say, along with the Alamo,
    the Maine and Pearl Harbor. Perhaps they just find
    it a convenient distraction to keep our minds off of
    more serious matters.

    Well, September 11 is a day to remember, but not just
    September 11, 2001. September 11, 1973 is also worth
    recalling, probably more so than last year's
    incident. It was on that day that the Chilean
    Fascists with the help of the US government overthrew
    their democratically elected government in a violent
    coup, butchering thousands and setting into motion a
    reign of terror and torture that lasted for years.
    Instead of some Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein or
    other radical type terrorizing innocent civilians, it
    was the agents of the Nixon administration
    culminating 15 years of nasty, dirty tricks in the
    South American republic.

    The dirty tricks started in 1958 when it appeared
    that Salvador Allende, a social democrat, had a
    chance at forming government. Over the years money
    was poured in to the country for black propaganda,
    fear mongering and support of politicians and others
    willing to toe the line of US business interests in
    the country.

    Despite this effort Allende's support grew, and in
    1970 he won the election. This brought about attacks
    by the US on the Chilean economy to cause unrest and
    destabilize the government. The plan was to upset
    the voters and capture a significant anti-Allende
    majority in the 1973 congressional elections.
    Instead, his government gained in popularity. It was
    this growing popularity that triggered the coup to
    take control where open elections had failed.

    Why was it that the US wanted to subvert democracy
    and eliminate Salvador Allende? He raised wages, he
    increased the income tax deduction, he eliminated
    capital taxes for small businesses and increased
    public works projects to reduce unemployment. He
    raised the income for pensioners and extended labour
    insurance to small businesses, provided free milk to
    children and increased industrial productivity. What
    he also did was nationalize the mining companies,
    banks and strategic industries, and institute
    agrarian reform, putting more people on the land.

    His crime was twofold, getting in the way of wealthy
    landowners and multinational corporations, and
    proving that socially responsible economic planning
    could work. It made him a target for the US
    terrorists.

    In the years that followed Allende's overthrow the US
    regime tortured and killed many. Special units of
    the military traveled the country rounding up,
    brutalizing and executing suspected dissidents, both
    Chileans and foreigners. Like in Argentina and other
    Latin American nations many people were disappeared,
    leaving some families still looking today to find out
    what became of their loved ones. This all done with
    the knowledge and often assistance of the US
    government.

    September 11 should be a holiday, but not just to
    remember the few who died in the suicide attack in
    New York and Washington. It should be a day to
    remember all terrorism and those who are responsible
    for it. It should be a day to remember the innocent
    people of Chile who lost their lives at the hands of
    US supported terrorism, and thousands of others
    throughout the world who have similarly suffered.
    And, as we remember the heroes of last September, we
    should also remember those brave people who stood up
    to repression and struggled daily for years in the
    face of US sponsored terror.

    Jerry West

    Copyright 2002, West's International

    -- 
    Jerry West
    THE RECORD
    Editor/Publisher/Janitor
    http://www.island.net/~record
    



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