The Other 9/11

Henry Kissinger

“The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.”

– Henry Kissinger, chief foreign policy advisor to Richard Nixon, 1973. On September 11, 1973, a Chilean military general, Augusto Pinochet, led a coup d’etat against the elected government of Chile. The coup, which was heavily backed by the CIA, was successful and the President of Chile, Salvador Allende, was assassinated. Pinochet and his American allies justified their actions by red-baiting Allende, claiming that he was turning the country communist. In reality, however, Allende was more of a social democrat who was pursuing nationalisation policies that would prevent American corporations from exploiting Chile’s natural resources for their own gain. Pinochet, adopting the political authoritarianism and police-state tactics he was said to be saving the country from, became dictator of Chile and ruled for 19 years. His regime became notorious for inventing the practice of ‘disappearing’ (or kidnapping, torturing and murdering) its political opponents, which it did by the tens of thousands.

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Chile and the United States: Declassified Documents Relating to the Military Coup, September 11, 1973


A purely commercial standpoint

Theodore C. Search

‘Viewing the matter from a purely commercial standpoint, our business interests have been enormously the gainers by [the actions of] the American administration in the islands, whatever may be the future disposition of these people and their land.’

– President of the U.S. National Association of Manufacturers Theodore C. Search, referring to the Spanish-American War of 1898 in which the United States annexed the former Spanish colonies of Cuba, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam (National Association of Manufacturers, Circular No. 30, (Philadelphia, 1899), 2)

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