Sunday, December 10, 2006
Augusto Pinochet dies at 91
One of the world's most notorious dictators, Augusto Pinochet expired today at the age of 91. Mr. Pinochet gained infamy as being one of the most brutal dictators of modern times. This site has a tradition of honoring the deceased , who in life excelled in a specific area or one who did outstanding service to others. This is the first time where I acknowledge the passing of an individual who has done neither. Yet I feel that it is important to note the passing of such a nefarious person because there will be those who will deny that he was responsible for the deaths of over 3,000 people. For United States citizens this is the equivalent of the deaths of the 9/11 victims. Salvador Allende Gossens was elected president by the Chilean people. Allende promised to nationalize Chilean copper. US operatives, specifically those with connections to multi-national copper organized this infamous coup d'etat in which people were herded into sports stadiums and massacred. It was painfully obvious that the United States played a vital role in Allende's death and Pinochet's reign of terror from 1973 to 1990. It rings hallow when you hear US politicians go on and on about freedom and democracy when most of them were very quiet when massacres were taking place in Chile, Argentina and other countries of South and Central America. The School of The Americas (now called the World Center for Hemispheric Cooperation, or something similar) trained people to kill their own people for blood money and US corporate interests. It is a shame that these massacres were committed in our name and that people, like Henry Kissinger (who allegedly also was part of this massacre) are considered heroes by US media when in reality they are criminals. There are people who have witnessed world reknown guitarist Victor Jara have both of his hands cut off in front of Pinochet's laughing soldiers who asked him to play now. This type of unbridled savagery also took place in the Congo, Argentina, Nicaragua and more recently in Iraq, all done in our name. I am convinced that most US citizens deplore this savage conduct. It is my hope that US citizens contact their elected officials and let them know that murder is not a value of The United States of America. I have a genuine concern for Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, who like Allende has the full support of his people but unless US citizens stand up to multi-national corporations and right wing elements within the US government Chavez could suffer the same fate as Allende.