September 2013        

Forty years later, the same beast

The 11th of September 2013 is the fortieth anniversary of the coup d’état in Chile that overthrew the Popular Unity government led by President Salvador Allende. The Communist Party of Ireland will be marking this anniversary with a picket at the US embassy on that day, from 6 to 8 p.m., as this coup—like so many others—was planned and organised by agents of the United States.
     By electing President Allende in 1970 the Chilean people had “crossed a red line.” As Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State under Richard Nixon, explained it, “I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.” (Three months later Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace.)
     The United States, in alliance with the Chilean right wing, set about organising a campaign of political destabilisation and economic sabotage, culminating in the coup d’état on 11 September, which installed the fascist dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and unleashed a seventeen-year reign of terror against the people.
     Pinochet served American interests well, allowing a free rein to its transnational corporations and turning Chile into an economic laboratory for the neo-liberal policies of the “Chicago school.”
     The attitude, the policies and the practice of the United States have not changed. The preparation of the coup in Venezuela in 2002 followed the same pattern, though this time it was defeated. The plan was repeated again in Haïti in 2004; this time the United States intervened directly and kidnapped the president to complete the job.
     The present US government, in its drive for domination in the Middle East, has allied itself with the mediaeval kingdoms and emirates of the Arabian peninsula and the very Islamist terrorists of al-Qa‘ida against whom it has proclaimed its “war on terror.” With its allies it deliberately created a war in Syria, and now that its proxies are not winning it is preparing a direct military intervention.
     Forty years later, the same beast.

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