If the gringa has sufficiently whetted the dear readers’ appetites on the sinister and very real nature of US sponsored dark operations and terrorism, you are in for another treat. Although every American knows the significance of 9/11, some Americans even believing this to be a US crafted dark op act of terror, this belief may be further strengthened when it is realized that the US crafted a 9/11 for Chile. But why did Chile matter so much to the US?
Chile’s 1970 democratic election offered the populace 5 presidential candidates. Chileans chose as their new leader Salvador Allende. Allende’s politics were considered center-left. As what was then known as a “developmentalist”, Allende’s favor rode the swelling tides of a populist platform. He promised to re-empower the people at the cost of dis-empowerment of foreign investors. Sound familiar? This is what is known as “going rogue” in US policy.
As a developmentalist, Allende promised to foster the growth and development of national companies. To keep foreign competition at bay, high tariffs would be imposed on imports. Sounds a lot like Trump, huh? Yeah, the US doesn’t mind a strong nationalized economy at home, where American companies benefit. But the US is not too fond of nationalized economies abroad where US corporations want a bigger slice of the capitalist pie.
When a foreign nation with a consumer population the US desires to exploit begins these populist programs of nationalizing their economies, the US typically starts clanging the alarm bells of, wait for it….. COMMUNISM. And the US has invested great effort in conditioning Americans to have their hearts contract with disgust at the mention of that word. A good, little, patriotic American should have a reflexive response toward Communism as if one just happened upon a cockroach. You eradicate it. And if you peruse the CIA’s website about their activities in Chile during this period, you will see the word Communism as synonymous with Marxist, an equally detestable word to well-conditioned US “patriots”.
Especially during the 70s, at the very thick of the Cold War with Russia, did these particular words have even greater effect on the American people. Once Secretary of State Henry Kissinger saw what was going to happen under an Allende administration, he immediately began the Communism smear campaign. He gave this public statement:
“I don’t see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.”
In other words, Kissinger advocated for interference in the democratic process of a sovereign country simply because it was going to make a dent in American corporate profit interests vested there. But he would convince Americans action was needed to preserve and protect democracy because Chileans were too stupid to recognize “nationalism” as “Communism” in disguise. Because, after all, every good American knows that life under capitalism is ALWAYS better than the lifestyle any communist society offers, right?
Kissinger by-passed the CIA, crafting his own clever plot to do away with an administration elected by the people on a promise to be for the people of Chile. However, Kissinger would eventually get around to using the CIA to help carry out his coup.
The key Chilean talent Kissinger tapped to be his inside man was Chile’s top military commander, General Rene Schneider Chereau. Chereau was no fan of Allende. The gringa supposed it didn’t take much for a smooth-talker like Kissinger to get him on board. The CIA introduced Kissinger’s scheme to Chereau expecting to easily gain his confidence. They were surprised that, despite his open dislike for Allende, he flat-out refused their proposal. What a surprise for such an arrogant nation! Of course, had the US understood the concepts of loyalty and duty, they would have been able to predict the noble response of Chereau.
So, the CIA picked another Chilean military mark, General Camilo Valenzuela. He quickly jumped on the dark op bandwagon, implementing a gun smuggling operation. He was to select key conspirators who would participate in a very public assassination of Chereau (that’s what you get for refusing to cooperate with the US. Ya get dead). Because it was widely known by the public that Chereau and Allende were anything but friends, it would be easy to convince the public that Allende supporters were responsible for the heinous crime.
Chilean General Robert Viaux was the money man, receiving $50,000. As a US hit man for hire, he turned around and hired a small group of mercenaries, arming them with automatic rifles and gas grenades. October 22, 1970, Viaux’ hit squad approached Chereau’s car, smashed the back window with a sledgehammer, then delivered several gunshot wounds to his abdomen. It took him 3 days to die.
The CIA crafted a good cover story for their involvement when details came to light. They claimed that the original plan was only for a kidnapping of Chereau. The CIA absolved itself of any responsibility for a kidnap crew that went rogue and assassinated the General. They claimed that their financial culpability was actually only $35,000 which had been paid for humanitarian reasons to particular members of the crew. Because, remember, the US is always the “good guy”.
And now we get to the heart of the matter, September 11, 1973. The US had one more Chilean General up their sleeve. General Augusto Pinochet was their ace in the hole. During the civil unrest and outrage, believing Allende was responsible for Chereau’s assassination, the Chilean people were ripe for a military coup. Which is exactly what Pinochet delivered, ousting the thorn in US corporate interest’s side after they had managed to convince the Chilean people that their political savior was really the “bad guy”.
And what kind of man had the US gotten in bed with? It seems just the kind of guy they like to train at their terrorist school at Fort Benning. Under Pinochet’s leadership it is estimated as many as 50,000 Chilean citizens were killed from 1974-1990.
But for greedy American corporations willing to overlook all of this bloodshed for the sake of more profit, they were only going to be disappointed by Pinochet. He may have delivered the removal of Allende who would have raised their tariffs, but he ended up plunging the nation into its greatest economic crisis since ancient times. So, apparently capitalism ain’t so great after all, huh? This capitalism inspired regime change experiment was a big, fat failure.
And what happened to the CIA and Kissinger for their part in a chain of events that caused thousands upon thousands of Chileans to lose their lives to brutality and inflicted untold suffering upon the survivors? Well, Kissinger is a household name in America, synonymous with diplomacy and statesmanship. The CIA? Although Americans despise a snoop, they still revere the snoops in the CIA. That’s how amazingly effective US propaganda is.
What’s the take away of this? The US does not really give a hoot about preserving democracy, only profits. They were willing to overthrew a democratic country for the sake of protecting US corporate interests. The only reason democracy is so seemingly well protected within the borders of the US is because it keeps the populace easier to manage. However, should US citizens ever pose a problem for the nation’s corporate interests, we can all expect democracy and liberty to take a back seat to corporate interests.
Sources: All That Is Interesting
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