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SEPTEMBER 11,2001 or SEPTEMBER 11,1973 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Barry Kowal   
Sep 11, 2015 at 12:24 PM
SEPTEMBER 11,2001 or SEPTEMBER 11,1973


  When you ask Americans about September 11 they will most likely talk about September 11,2001 when four (4) planes were hijacked and the planes  crashed into the World Trade Center in New York City,the Pentagon in Washington,D.C. and one crashed in Western Pennsylvania. Very few Americans will mention September 11,1973 but many Chileans wiil. This is when the US government orchestrated a coup d'etat overthrowing the democratically elected government of Chile President Salvador Allende
and replacing him with dictator Augusto Pinochet. So much for the USA spreading democracy all over the world.
     The 1973 Chilean coup d'?tat was a watershed event in both the Cold War and the history of Chile.Following an extended period of social and political unrest between the center-right dominated Congress of Chile and the elected socialist President Salvador Allende,as well as economic warfare ordered by U.S. President Richard Nixon,Allende was overthrown by the armed forces and national police which was
orchestrated by the CIA.
   The military replaced the Unidad Popular government and established a Junta de Gobierno that suspended all political activity in the country and repressed left-wing movements,especially the Communist and Socialist parties and the Movimiento de Izquierda Revolucionaria (MIR).Allende's appointed army chief,Augusto Pinochet,
rose to supreme power within a year of the coup,formally assuming power in late 1974.The United States government,which had worked to create the conditions for the coup,promptly recognized the junta government and supported it in consolidating power.
   During the air raids and ground attacks that preceded the coup,Allende gave his last speech,in which he vowed to stay in the presidential palace,denouncing offers for safe passage should he choose exile over confrontation.Direct witness accounts of Allende's death agree that he committed suicide in the palace.
   Before Pinochet's rule,Chile had for decades been hailed as a beacon of democracy and political stability while the rest of South America had been plagued by military juntas and Caudillismo.A weak insurgent movement against the Pinochet regime was maintained inside Chile by elements sympathetic to the former Allende government.
An internationally supported plebiscite in 1988 eventually removed Pinochet from power.
  So when people think of September 11 there are other important dates in history besides the September 11 in 2001.
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