September 11th, 1973
Military forces being led by General Augusto Pinochet
commence bombardment of the Chilean
Presidential Palace, where Presidente Allende makes his final farewell speech to the Chilean people. Presumeably he then committed suicide with a
machine gun given to him by none other than Fidel Castro himself. The liberation of Chile from the impending socialist regime was final, and democracy
would once again reign free in Chile.
But that wasn't the case.
Rule under General Pinochet was a brutal and horrifying existence. Public executions and beatings in the streets of Santiago were common place, to
quell any thoughts of rebellion. My mother has told me stories which to this day make her weep. She lived through this time as a teenager, coming
close to being captured by several of Pinochets death squads solely because my Grand father had spoken out against the great General prior to the
She told me stories of her trips to school, on which she often was forced to ride one of the family horses or even pack mules because cars were often
seized for military purposes or frivolous charges. One of her trips, while crossing a local river, was quite tragic and hard for even me to hear, but
to make it short, it entailed her watching the bodies of several people she once knew floating slowly down the stream, obviously executed earlier in
the morning up in the mountains and thrown into the river to be forgotten.
Why is the United States so quick to forget the tragedies that it has inflicted on others? You may wonder how the US was involved, and I will do my
best to answer this question.
The CIAs step by step process to liberating the poor opressed people of Chile from the big bad socialist regime. While US military involvement was
nil, the mere fact that Pinochets actions were approved and for the most part modeled after US suggestions sickens me.
The trials of Henry Kissinger
This is a great documentary for those interested in learning more about the Chilean military coup, but especially for the other horrible things
Kissinger is connected too, and has approved of. US involvement is very extensive, and almost always results in something horrible.
Is this a conspiracy? I don't make it out to be one, because it is a known fact. Is it a cover-up? It most certainly is, and I hope more people take
it upon themselves to learn more and see what the US has done in the name of "Democracy". I'll leave you this short excerpt of a conversation
between Nixon and Kissinger regarding the Chilean situation:
Nixon: Nothing new of any importance or is there?
Kissinger: Nothing of very great consequence. The Chilean thing is getting consolidated and of course the newspapers are bleeding because a
pro-Communist government has been overthrown.
Nixon: Isn't that something. Isn't that something.
Kissinger: I mean instead of celebrating – in the Eisenhower period we would be heroes.
Nixon: Well we didn't – as you know – our hand doesn't show on this one though.
Kissinger: We didn't do it. I mean we helped them. [Garbled] created the conditions as great as possible.
Nixon: That is right. And that is the way it is going to be played.
Long live the True America
y ¡Viva Chile!
-A proud American Chilean