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TWO SEPTEMBER 11ths – BY PETER MAYO

On the 35th anniversary of the Night of the Pencils (noche de los lapices) in Argentina, I sent this latest piece of mine which went up yesterday (17th September) at Conterpunch. It was written in a hurry yesterday morning.

“The past week led to several reflections on the significance of the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. This is as it should be. The memories of the several victims of this dastardly attack demand this. Equally appropriate were columns such as those appearing in this outlet reflecting on the policies adopted by the USA in the aftermath of these attacks and the extent to which they suited a culture of militarization, civil repression and consumerism. Obscured because of the particular connotation this date has taken is the memory of another September 11th which connects with some of the policies decried by many in the aftermath of the New York and Washington attacks – the Chilean coup d’etat led by the late Augusto Pinochet against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende in 1973.

Last Monday marked the thirty eight anniversary of this bloody coup which paved the way, and is said to have been deliberately staged to pave the way, for the introduction of the very same neoliberal reforms that, later at a global level, are shown to have benefited from the measures adopted post 9/11/2001.”
See the rest of the article at: http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/09/16/two-september-11ths/

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Peter Mayo

 

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