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Thread #62810 Message #1017487
Posted By: An Pluiméir Ceolmhar
12-Sep-03 - 07:51 AM
Thread Name: BS: Commemorating 11 September
Subject: RE: BS: Commemorating 11 September
Not a troll or an incitement to flame, but a gentle hint that people in the US who genuinely wonder "How could they do this to us?", "Why do they hate us?" etc. should learn more about what has been done on their behalf in Latin America, the Middle East etc.
The concentration of deaths in time and place in 2001 was spectacular, but many more lives have been destroyed through the subversion of democratically-elected governments around the world where these governments were perceived to be hostile to US interests. Apart from what the CIA was was up to in Chile under Kissinger's direction, several US coporations (Pepsi-Cola and IBM were mentioned) reportedly offered the CIA substantial amounts of money for covert operations to bring down the Allende government. Then there's the "School of the Americas" (which I gather has recently been rebranded), where "intelligence-gathering techniques" are taught.
Belgian public TV handled the commemoration well last night. On their main French-speaking channel they had a programme about 11 Sept 2001, while on the minor channel they devoted the whole evening to the 30th anniversary of 11 Sept. 1973, with a few documentaries and studio discussions featuring historians and Chilean refugees. They didn't play up the US role, focusing rather on the nature of the Pinochet régime and attempts to bring him to justice, and how Chile has largely failed to come to terms with its past.
One particularly rich moment was a film of a meeting between Pinochet and Thatcher while he was waiting for his extradition case to be heard. She had incidentally hired the crew to film the meeting, so she wasn't exactly ambushed by hostile media. She had the gall to say to Pinochet "I am very much aware that you brought democracy to Chile". That was too much even for Pinochet's interpreter, who after a moment's embarrassed silence rendered her words as "You brought in a new era for Chile".
Several other stations available here also ran programmes on both anniversaries.