Newstalgia Reference Room - The other 9/11 - the CIA backed overthrow of the democratically-elected government of Salvatore Allende in Chile by a military junta headed up by Gen. Augusto Pinochet and the resultant reign of terror that caused the deaths of countless Chileans.
September 14, 2011

September 11, 1973 - "we're from the government and we're here to help".

Thirty-eight years later there is still massive resentment on the parts of most Chilean's towards the U.S. and overthrow of the government of Salvatore Allende by a Military junta headed up by General Augusto Pinochet.

The irony is that our September 11th and their September 11th suffered an equal number of casualties, initially. The difference is that their nightmare continued into the 1980's with countless thousands of innocent people jailed, tortured and killed or otherwise "disappeared".

Initially denied by the Nixon Administration as having CIA involvement in the overthrow, time has revealed otherwise.

From these initial reports via the CBS Radio program The World This Week, there was shock and dismay worldwide. And even at that early date, there was some speculation U.S. involvement was apparent, and the flood of excuses as to why a coup took place seem very flimsy in retrospect.

But the damage had been done and once again, it pointed up to a very questionable Foreign Policy with respect to Central and South America.

There are times people wonder why the U.S. is despised in some countries - it's really a question of consulting a history book in order to understand. Ask the average person strolling around Santiago today.

Here is an interesting and insightful article over what 9/11 means south of our border.

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