Wednesday, September 11, 2013

9/11: The fight for justice in Chile…and the US

Today is the 40th anniversary of the US-backed coup that overthrew the elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile and installed the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The commemorations, it seems, are as much about the present as they are about the past, which is as it should be.

Democracy Now! has been focusing on the efforts to get justice for the families of journalist Charles Horman (I’ve written about this case before)

and singer Victor Jara

They link to Peter Kornbluh’s article in The Nation about the role of the US government – primarily Nixon and Kissinger – in the coup. Kornbluh is also interviewed about recently declassified documents providing further evidence of their complicity.

These struggles for justice rely on the US public to develop a willingness to listen and to criticize our nation’s past and present.

(Unfortunately, the Vatican isn’t discussed.

Neither is Friedrich von Hayek.)

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