September 11 should not pass without remembrance of honorable people who died in an act of disgraceful cowardice. A building symbolic of democratic government had its dome blown to bits. A respected president died of (an apparent) suicide in the face of execution by thugs. Then followed concentration camps and inquisitions, and a fascist government installed – one of the minor criminals of the 20th century, Augusto Pinochet, came to power.
There have been many others, much more important criminals, such as Churchill, Stalin, el-BJ!, Henry Kissinger and Nixon, George H.W. Bush, his son, and of course, Cheney. Poroshenko is getting rave reviews but is a minor player, like Pinochet a mere puppet on the CIA string. Barack Obama: I don’t know if he has a criminal mind or just reads his lines and enjoys all the perks of being president. He has stood idly by, however, and so has a place reserved in the annals of war criminals, men who should face civilized justice followed by “up the long ladder and down the short rope*”
September 11, 1973 was the day the democratically elected government of Chile was overthrown in an US backed coup d’etat. It is a dark day in history. May we never forget Pinochet or the thousands of victims left in his wake. May we 41 years later vow that it never happens again.
Oh wait. The current puppet just announced he’s going to topple the democratically elected government of Syria. It’s 9/11! It’s on! Syria’s president, Bashar Assad, is a brave man, I hope. Our thugs, given a chance, will murder him in cold blood as they did Allende, as they did Qaddafi (to Hillary’s delight). It is sad and distressing that men of low caliber such as Obama are held in high esteem while men of real value go down.
But for every American crime, every aggressive war, new leaders rise up. One man sat by as the US attacked Serbia without just cause, his country too weak to stop the attack. Vladimir Putin has become the most important statesman on the world stage today. May Russia rise to become what the United States always said it was, but wasn’t, really.
“Up the long ladder and down the short rope,
To hell with King Billy and God bless the Pope!
If that doesn’t do we’ll tear them in two
And send them to hell in their red, white and blue.”
Clancy Brothers with Tommy Makem, closing down the bar.