A Bigger Picture

September 11, 2001: A small group of radicals executes a strike on American soil. The terrorists hijack three planes and succeed in flying two of them into the World Trade Center. Hundreds of innocent civilians loose their lives in the destruction. Hundreds more loose moms, dads, brothers and sisters in a tragic, and unprovoked attack.

September 11, 1973: A U.S. orchestrated and financed coup d’état overthrows democratically elected President, Salvador Allende, to install military dictator, Augusto Pinochet. Pinochet rules Chile from 1973 to 1990, during which time he is responsible for the disappearance of over 3,000 Chileans, murders, concentration camps, and the torture of over 30,000 people.

Its 9/11 today. Its a good time to remember the victims — all of them. There are more innocent lives lost, throughout the world, every day.

Thanks to our American friend, Karl, for the history lesson.

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4 thoughts on “A Bigger Picture

  1. My opinion is that this quote grossly overstates the role the CIA played in the coup. The US obviously would not have supported what he eventually did. The CIA was not a fan of Allende at the time because of his supposed ties to Soviet Marxism, a system responsible for countless murders and imprisonments around the world for many decades. Jon, yes, we should help protect innocent lives everywhere. Whether intended or not, this post has an anti-American overtone on a day of great mourning for so many in this country.

  2. Great day of mourning, eh Steve. How many hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis have died as a result of the US’s action there? When is their day of mourning? If 3000 American civilians get one day, how many days are you scheduling for the innocent in Iraq?

    Yes, its tragic, but on a global scale of horrifying things, its just a tiny little blip.

  3. Let’s agree that all lives lost due to war are tragic. Let’s not forget the people who died on 9/11. But let’s not forget either that more people than that die around the world on a monthly, or even weekly basis. When it’s brought to American soil, it’s a poignient reminder that even the worlds largest super power is not immune to the pain caused by hatred, greed and sin.

    My children are Americans. One day we will teach them about this, and many other challenges that America has overcome. I will also teach them what I can about the tragedies and victories that happen in other countries around the world. And that all life is sacred and no one nation’s mourning deserves more attention than another.

  4. Jon, very well put, you know we both agree on the sanctity and value of all human life. I’m sure you will raise your children to be great citizens and compassionate people. They are very cute by the way.

    Dave-you just don’t get it and that’s ok.

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