On 9/11, 1973, somewhere in some remote corner of the world, where too humans live, called Chile and which had a democratically elected President Salvadore Allende in power, the following events occurred:
At 7:00 AM the Navy of Chile itself, captured the port town of Velpraiso, strategically stationing ships and marine infantry in the central coast and closed radio and television networks.
By 8:00 AM, the Army had closed most radio and television stations in Santiago city; the Air Force bombed the remaining active stations
At 8:30 AM, when the armed forces declared their control of Chile and that Allende was deposed,
By 9:00 AM, the armed forces controlled Chile, except for the city centre of the capital, Santiago.
President Allende was informed of the coup. He refused to step down, and insisted on staying in the Presidential palace La Moneda. The military declared they would bomb the palace. The president was advised by his Socialist party to escape, but he refused. Even the Military tried to negotiate with him to resign, but he did not accept to step down. Finally, amidst air and ground offensive going on in the country, the President began a farewell speech in which he vowed to die rather than leave. And finally in the presence of two doctors, he killed himself with an AK47 rifle inside the La Moneda palace. All that was announced by the coup instigators was: “Allende commited suicide and is dead now.”
After the coup, Augusto Pinochet came to be the ruler of military led rule in Chile. He went on to rule Chile from 1978 till 1990. And history is witness that his was one of the most fascist regimes with severe human rights violations, the world had seen.
Only 60 people died on September 11, 1973 as a result of the coup de’tat. But what followed as a result of Pinochet’s dictatorship, is no secret to the world.
As described by the President of an eminent Human rights group :
He shut down parliament, suffocated political life, banned trade unions, and made Chile his sultanate. His government disappeared 3,000 opponents, arrested 30,000 (torturing thousands of them) … Pinochet’s name will forever be linked to the Desaparecidos, the Caravan of Death, and the institutionalized torture that took place in the Villa Grimaldicomplex.
”~ Thor Halvorssen, president of the Human Rights Foundation, National Review.
It is documented that:
“ U.S. provided material support to the military regime after the coup, although criticizing it in public. A document released by the CIA in 2000, titled “CIA Activities in Chile”, revealed that the CIA actively supported the military junta after the overthrow of Allende and that it made many of Pinochet’s officers into paid contacts of the CIA or U.S. military, even though some were known to be involved in human rights abuses.” mentions Wikepedia.
With due respect to the victimes of 9/11, 2001 and all those who have died as a result of terrorism all round the globe ever since, I quote an American Richard Clarke:
”We invaded a country, Iraq, that had nothing to do with the attack on us, but had everything to do with the preconceived plans of a cabal in and out of our government. In the process, we killed 100,000, wounded many times more, and threw millions out of their homes. More Americans suffered violent deaths in Iraq than did on 9/11, and multiples more were scarred for life.”
This event was what Naom Chomsky calls the ‘First 9/11’.