Thursday, September 11, 2014

11 September 1973 (09/11/1973)

Here's something else to ponder on Sept 11. This is the 41st anniversary of the first Sept 11--the one that happened in Chile when Pinochet overthrew the Allende government. It's not just that over 3,000 people were killed or disappeared during the regime, and tens of thousands tortured. Nixon's immediate embrace of state terrorism in Chile gave the green light to militaries and like-minded civilians throughout Latin America to do the same in the name of stopping Cuban-style revolution. And they did: 200,000 killed in Guatemala, 75,000 in El Salvador, 30,000 disappeared in Argentina, heightened repression almost everywhere.

Thomas Clayton Wright
Prof. Latin American History, UNLV


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