Monday, September 11, 2006

Happy Anniversary

If you had told me that five years ago that we'd be celebrating the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a fraudulent movie that rewrites its history and unvarnished fakery from the White House about how we got there, well, I would have asked you how you got to travel into time, and who won the 2005 World Series. That way, I could place a high stakes wager on the outcome, knowing ahead of time who the winner would be!

All in all though, it's pretty depressing how little the nation has learned from the tragedy. To a shocking degree, we still allow ourselves to get played by our leaders, long after they've stopped giving us any reason to believe a goddamn word they say.

And, it's election season, so there's that to look forward to. Who's going to be running the last 60 days of the Republican campaign for the Congress? Don't ask.

But September the 11th marks a tragic day in the histories of two nations (at least). Ours, of course doesn't need me to tell you how awful it was. I don't think there's really that much I can add to it except to say that it now looks like the recovery workers got screwed by our government as well, which will have the sad effect of ensuring that the death toll from that day keeps climbing.*

But the other 9/11 often gets overlooked. For good reason.

On September 11th, 1970 Henry Kissinger got his wet dream come true. That was the day a man named Augusto Pinochet overthrew the democratically elected Salvador Allende, President of Chile. What ensued was that thousands upon thousands of Chileans were massacred, imprisoned, and tortured. It would not have happened without the assistance, the prodding, and the support of our government.

When I think of hell, I often think of a place where Henry the K will pay for all eternity for the evil he has wrought in this world. And his crimes in Chile count as the first indictment of a very long list of naughty (by which I mean pure evil) activities.

So Osama bin Ladin shares his day of infamy with others.

*As a side note, wouldn't you think that government officials who are complicit in prolonging the agony of the bravest among us who actually tried to help that day, and in continuing to basically kill more of them, well wouldn't that make them morally complicit in Al-Qaeda's historic crimes? Just wondering.

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