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the other 9/11

i've been making my way, with some lengthy breaks, through noam chomsky's latest, "failed states". it's by no means his strongest work, but it does touch on a number of interesting issues, including events surrounding 9/11.

by 9/11, i mean september 11, 1973, when an american-backed coup overthrew chile's salvador allende and replaced him with general augusto pinochet. because we've heard so much about that later 9/11, i thought it would be interesting to share a few facts on the original:

- approximately 3,200 people died according to official figures (which are widely viewed to be understated by as much as half).

- adjusted proportionally to population, that is roughly equivalent to between 50 and 100,000 americans being killed at once.

- there were 30,000 cases of torture in pinochet's chile, according to an official inquiry. (adjusted proportionally to population again, that would be the equivalent of 700,000 americans.)

augusto pinochet remained the darling of both ronald reagan and margaret thatcher throughout his reign of terror, something neither has ever bothered to admit was wrong and a travesty of the ideals they purported to defend.

funny, you never hear about that 9/11 nowadays. i wonder why? no, i don't, really. i know.

Comments

steve davies said…
Thankyou for posting this. The original 9/11 is a subject particularly close to my heart. One of my very first blog posts was on the subject.
morelikespace said…
my absolute pleasure. i went back and read your original blog post and i'm glad to know there are people who are trying to bring some perspective to the world.
Unknown said…
The math in this part confused me:

"- approximately 3,20 people died according to official figures (which are widely viewed to be understated by as much as half).

- adjusted proportionally to population, that is roughly equivalent to between 50 and 100,000 americans being killed at once. "

But, yeah, I've known people who had to get away from that situation in Chile. Do you know anything about a paramilitary religious sect that worked with Pinochet called Colonia Dignidad?

Also, another September 11th was when that guy killed himself flying his light plane into the White House on 9-11-1996. Coincidence or conspiracy? You decide.
morelikespace said…
*hangs head in embarrassment*

for starters, i obviouslsy made a typo there... the figure should have been 3200, not 320... i've gone back and corrected it, thanks.

basically, the math is that 3200, as a percentage of the chilean population at the time, would have been roughly equivalent to between 50 and 100 thousand americans...
John McAndrew said…
Try to see Ken Loach's contribution to the film 11'9"01, it deals specifically with this tragically overshadowed (ignored?) part of history.
Thanks for the post.
9/11 - On 11 September 1990, George H.W. Bush delivered his famous "Toward A New World Order" speech.
Unknown said…
My head has humilated itself again. The guy who crashed his plane into the White House did it on September 11, 1994, not 1996 as I stated above.

Here's a link to that:

http://www.cooperativeresearch.org/context.jsp?item=a091194frankcorder

Also, just in case it needs to be stated, I brought it up as an interesting further coincidence about that date. It was not intended to be a coy reference to the cryptically intriguing harsh aural texture combo.
Anonymous said…
9/11 '73 was also a conflicting time for Northern Egypt, as Israel was circling in to take more territory at the tip of the Red Sea area also resulting in deadly casualty.
It's almost like 9/11 is a f'king apocalyptic jynx number...the glitched code...the file with a virus.
I just hope the in next 9/11 cycle I'm abducted by aliens (or something), this whole history repeating itself (like a bad tecno loop track) is starting to irritate...

Though for the record, as a Chilean, thank you for taking the effort in this post.

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