We are approaching – as you may have noticed – the anniversary of September 11th. Don’t let the media saturation blind you with cynicism to the genuine human tragedy of the date. I think of three distinct horrors, remembering the dead of each.
Firstly, the one on which our media fixates now – the nightmarish massacre of innocent thousands at the World Trade Centre. A barbaric atrocity committed not by misguided freedom fighters, but by repellent clerical fascist thugs, led by a loathsome rich-boy theocrat.
Secondly, the many, many innocent thousands more murdered in no less horrifying style in the following years due to the military-industrial complex of the USA being given carte blanche by the earlier atrocity. Cynical invasions authorised by a loathsome rich-boy plutocrat.
Thirdly, the forgotten anniversary. Before 2001, September 11th was the anniversary of General Pinochet’s 1973 overthrow of Salvador Allende’s democratically elected government in Chile. It still is. A coup backed and made possible by the CIA, which saw the massacre of thousands of innocents, and the imprisonment and torture of many thousands more.
Not a happy date. In contrast to the many articles looking for the best fiction inspired by the World Trade Centre attack, Salon Magazine instead gives a view of what it sees as the worst. Cynical, nasty, misguided, tragic….perhaps they give a better reflection of the event and its aftermath than Salon gives them credit?