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The Perpetrators of 9/11

[ 61 ] September 11, 2013 |

Augusto Pinochet

Richard Nixon

Henry Kissinger

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  1. Dana Houle says:

    If you’re going to go that route, the top photo should be Mubarak and maybe some of the Egyptian military leaders who after the assassination of Sadat rounded up thousands of the Muslim Brotherhood, tortured them, and laid the foundation for them being worldwide Jihadis. OBL was the face and bankroll of AQ prior to 9-11, but almost all the most important figures, up to Zawahiri, were Egyptians.

  2. Dana Houle says:

    Gah, saw what the links were to but didn’t realize it was specifically to the day of the coup, which I’d forgotten was also 9-11. Too bad there isn’t a way to delete a comment.

  3. J. Otto Pohl says:

    Chief or lead perpetrators would be a more accurate title. There were a lot more than three people involved in the overthrow of Allende and the subsequent crimes of the Pinochet regime. It shouldn’t be forgotten there were lots of other lesser perpetrators whose actions were absolutely crucial to the coup. Blaming everything on Nixon, Kissinger, and Pinochet does a lot to obscure the guilt of those acting under them.

    • Erik Loomis says:

      Gee thanks I had no idea that there were more than 3 people involved. I guess a blog post with pictures every single Chilean general, American copper magnate, and all members of the CIA stationed in Latin America would have satisfied you.

      • J. Otto Pohl says:

        No, I just noted that chief or head perpetrators would have been a more accurate title. There has for instance been a huge shift in Holocaust studies from looking only at the actions of Hitler, Himmler, and Heydrich. The strata of perpetrators was considerably broader and only dealing with the very top leadership gives a very incomplete view. A more nuanced view looks at the various levels of perpetrators, the victims, and the various shades of bystanders. I know you have to disagree with everything I ever write or you will be expelled from your position of privilege among the American Left, but the Great Man theory of history is a bit outdated.

      • jon says:

        Leaving out that University of Chicago Economics Department group photo really was a bit of an oversight. But, yeah. I haven’t heard better nominations for your top 3 war criminals from that little mid-course correction.

        • Dana Houle says:

          Certainly the Chicago School had a huge influence on how Chile was run after the coup, but would it be accurate to implicate them in what happened before the coup? Did the Pinochet crowd come in to power already committed to that approach to economics?

          • burritoboy says:

            While members of the Chicago School didn’t themselves personally commit human rights violations, they were well aware of the brutal nature of the regime and explicitly supported those brutal actions (after the coup, obviously). Before the coup, Hayek had made statements for decades that he would support precisely such a military dictatorship if it warded off a Communist regime. That’s not specifically about Chile, but it’s clear he was thinking about South America as an exemplar of what he was talking about. He also quickly came to Pinochet’s defense within weeks of the coup.

    • MPAVictoria says:

      something something The fish rots from the head something something.

    • Scott Lemieux says:

      I strenuously object to the failure of this post featuring 3 pictures to contain a nuanced accounting of every last individual who played any role in the coup that deposed Allende and the subsequent crimes of the Pincohet regime!

      In addition, all subsequent mentions of Hilter and Stalin on the interwebs should also contain mentions of every single individual in the Nazi and Soviet regimes who ever did anything bad.

      • Captain C says:

        In addition, all subsequent mentions of Hilter and Stalin on the interwebs should also contain mentions of every single individual in the Nazi and Soviet regimes who ever did anything bad.

        And in excruciating detail.

  4. Paul Campos says:

    I looked up Kissinger’s age (he’s 90) and was reminded that he won the Nobel Peace Prize.

    • Erik Loomis says:

      Yeah, people talk about Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize being ridiculous. And of course they are right. But it’s far from the worst selection the Nobel committee ever made.

      • Karen says:

        Obama’s prize was silly, but Kissinger’s was actually evil.

        • tucker says:

          Lets hope his, Obama’s, doesn’t become evil. Yes, I know I pushing hard but I worry. Grew up in the sixties and watched too many people go over to the dark side.

        • GoDeep says:

          If you believe that US is one of the world’s most militaristic cultures and you believe that Obama has reined that in, then his winning the Nobel makes a good bit of sense. You can acknowledge that there were better qualified candidates (as he did) while simultaneously acknowledging that he has made a profound effort to rein in US militarism without going ‘full pacifist’… And that’s where we need to be.

          • Karen says:

            Obama had been in office less than six months when they gave him the Peace Prize; there simply wasn’t enough time for him to have done anything significant in that direction.

            • joe from Lowell says:

              One of the main purposes of the Nobel Prize is to promote the work of people who are at a critical juncture in their work, and whose efforts could benefit from the award.

              At the time Obama was awarded the Prize, he had just reopened the nuclear disarmament talks that ultimately resulted in the NEW START accords. That is effort was ongoing, not completed, was the point.

              International arms reduction negotiations are, along with “peace congresses” and “fraternity among nations,” one of the major criteria for the Prize.

            • David Hunt says:

              Yeah. It always seemed to me that they gave him the prize for the virtue of being U.S. President while not being George W. Bush or Dick Cheney.

              I wish those two weren’t so immune to shame so they could realize that someone was given the Nobel Peace Prize for not being them!

          • tucker says:

            An effort, yes. Profound, not so sure. What is most disappointing is that we have not had the discussion of where we need to go and what we want to be as a country and civilization. I would have hoped that even though many things are not possible, Obama could begin to discuss the future meaningfully on a national level. If they aren’t going to let him do anything, at least talk. We can’t move forward with discussing big ideas. I recognize the nature of the reactionary powers and the difficulty. I want him to try harder.

    • Dana Houle says:

      I was never all that impressed with Hitchens’ non lit-crit writings, but I approved of his obsession with Kissinger (even if it did make him a little crazy).

    • LeeEsq says:

      The Peace prize is basically a poltical prize and sometimes has to be given to somebody that does not deserve because of politics.

    • herr doktor bimler says:

      You mean that wasn’t a Doonesbury fabrication??

  5. Dan says:

    Wait, obviously not THE 9/11 though LOL

  6. The prophet Nostradumbass says:

    here is a remembrance of Allende by Marc Cooper, who actually worked in his administration.

  7. wengler says:

    The Trials of Henry Kissinger had a really good segment on Chile and the overthrow of Allende. An unrepentant old CIA guy somewhat proudly talked about how he used a diplomatic pouch to slip in guns that were used to assassinate Rene Schneider, the army commander-in-chief.

    When talking about September 11, 2001, in the context of blowback, it’s kind of amazing with all of the people the US government and its associate agencies have murdered over the years that the amount of blowback hasn’t been all that severe. Maybe Wikileaks and a greater appreciation of how the world is wired will change all of that.

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