…looking forward as an incriminating past awaits…
Today, Sunday, 17 November 2013 elections are being held in Chile. Participating in these elections are three people whose names will highlight to the world the role of the US in the region. The names of Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon will be remembered, and not only for Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos – as it was on 11 September 1973 that the government of the democratically-elected President Salvador Allende was overthrown and the President murdered. Thousands would be tortured or killed (desaparecidos), criminality with which General Pinochet’s principal supporter, the US was at least fully aware.
On that episode, a former US General and then Secretary of State, Colin Powell, in 2003 would make this blithe statement in response to a student’s question,
‘…With respect to your earlier comment about Chile in the 1970s and what happened with Mr. Allende, it is not a part of American history that we’re proud of. We now have a more accountable way of handling such matters and we have worked with Chile to help it put in place a responsible democracy…’