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September 11, 2014 - No. 72

Obama's September 10 Speech

The U.S. Commitment to Cause
Worldwide Death and Destruction
Is Sure to Destroy the U.S. Itself

An estimated 60,000 people were killed in Latin America during Operation Condor, a campaign
of political repression and terror carried out by the U.S.-backed coups and dictatorships in Latin America in the 1970s, including the coup in Chile.

Obama's September 10 Speech
The U.S. Commitment to Cause Worldwide Death and Destruction Is Sure to Destroy the U.S. Itself

Chile, 1973: The First 9/11
Justice for Chile! No to U.S. Aggression Against Iraq and Syria Under the Hoax of Fighting Terrorism!
Toronto Vigil to Commemorate Coup in Chile

Obama's September 10 Speech

The U.S. Commitment to Cause Worldwide Death and Destruction Is Sure to Destroy the U.S. Itself

U.S. President Barrack Obama on September 10, made a speech to the nation. He declared that the U.S. will now bomb Syria and wreak death and destruction on all countries that refuse to submit to the U.S. dictate. The speech was the most desperate Obama has given to date. He expressed the U.S. imperialist anxious desire to dominate the world hopeful that this will extricate it from the profound all-sided crisis with economic crisis at the base. The speech reflects the frustration of the U.S. warmongers that despite all the crimes they have committed against the peoples of the world, they have yet to achieve their aim of global domination to overcome their profound crisis.

In the face of failure, the U.S. will now take its revenge on all those who do not submit, either friend or foe. Obama defied all those who refuse to go along with him, whether within the U.S. establishment or amongst so-called "partners," all to defend what he called "America's core interests."

Twice in the course of his speech he repeated he was speaking as Commander-in-Chief addressing his fellow Americans. He responded to some in Congress who say he needs authorization to attack Syria, by simply stating he already has the authority but would prefer the support of Congress: "I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL [the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant]. But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together. So I welcome congressional support for this effort in order to show the world that Americans are united in confronting this danger."

This contrasts to his stand a year ago when he asked Congress to authorize sending arms to the forces that oppose President Assad of Syria. In other words, he has made any Congressional objection ineffective. This has been accompanied with a huge government and media campaign claiming 90 per cent of Americans favour airstrikes on ISIL and more military action against Syria.

Obama said he will be "chairing a meeting of the UN Security Council to further mobilize the international community around this effort" in two weeks. Given his declaration to wage unilateral war in defence of "America's core interests," this is an unveiled threat against Russia and China and any other country that takes a stand against the U.S.'s use of force and blatant disregard for international law: either submit when he chairs the Security Council or take responsibility for the rampage he will unleash.

He made it clear that airstrikes against Syria are very likely, along with more against Iraq:

"First, we will conduct a systematic campaign of airstrikes against these terrorists. Working with the Iraqi government, we will expand our efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions, so that we're hitting ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense. Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: if you threaten America, you will find no safe haven."

He also indicated that attacks similar to those against Somalia and elsewhere are in the works, while reaffirming his general doctrine on the use of drones and air strikes anywhere, and the "training" of mercenaries by U.S. Special Forces and forcing "partners" to do the fighting on the ground:

"This counter-terrorism campaign will be waged through a steady, relentless effort to take out ISIL wherever they exist, using our air power and our support for partner forces on the ground. This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years. And it is consistent with the approach I outlined earlier this year: to use force against anyone who threatens America's core interests, but to mobilize partners wherever possible to address broader challenges to international order."

The danger of such brinkmanship is that he leaves the U.S. no space to manoeuvre or withdraw. It is the ultimate blackmail -- submit or else. When at first the countries refused to submit, the U.S. unleashed savage air attacks and declared the shock and awe of intense bombing would quickly prevail. When it did not, the U.S. launched ground invasions that were ill-conceived, badly prepared and poorly executed. All of it entailed committing atrocities, especially against civilians and infrastructure that surpassed anything humankind has ever seen. But still, the U.S. could not consolidate anything. It could not sustain its ground invasions or contain the resistance, and now, all over again, the U.S. hopes that its threats alone will achieve the results it wants. If not, it can bomb the hell out of humankind to achieve the results it says it requires. As a result, the danger exists of a worldwide conflagration. Furthermore, the only moral imperative Obama can come up with is that the United States is the greatest nation on earth.

He said in part:

"My fellow Americans, we live in a time of great change. Tomorrow marks 13 years since our country was attacked. Next week marks six years since our economy suffered its worst setback since the Great Depression. Yet despite these shocks; through the pain we have felt and the gruelling work required to bounce back -- America is better positioned today to seize the future than any other nation on Earth.

"Our technology companies and universities are unmatched; our manufacturing and auto industries are thriving. Energy independence is closer than it's been in decades....

"Abroad, American leadership is the one constant in an uncertain world. It is America that has the capacity and the will to mobilize the world against terrorists. It is America that has rallied the world against Russian aggression, and in support of the Ukrainian people's right to determine their own destiny. It is America -- our scientists, our doctors, our know-how -- that can help contain and cure the outbreak of Ebola. It is America that helped remove and destroy Syria's declared chemical weapons so they cannot pose a threat to the Syrian people -- or the world -- again. And it is America that is helping Muslim communities around the world not just in the fight against terrorism, but in the fight for opportunity, tolerance, and a more hopeful future."

The dilemma of the United States is that all the anarchy and violence it has unleashed threaten to remove the U.S. itself as the "one constant in an uncertain world." The striving for world domination and unleashing of anarchy and violence will do nothing to resolve the crisis in which the U.S. is mired. The economic problems at home and abroad continue to mount with only "the fight against terrorism" and repression offered as a solution. Those it calls terrorists are either its own creations, who will not remain within its control, or the peoples of the world who are waging an unprecedented resistance struggle, as they uphold their right to be against the U.S. terror campaign and bid for world domination. Only this resistance struggle holds any hope for humankind in the face of the brutal reaction and war the U.S. has unleashed against them, as it fights for hegemony against its European competitors and to dominate Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

These are very dangerous times. Obama's speech highlights the U.S. imperialists' folly and blindness. They are destined not only to repeat history because they are incapable of moving forward and paralyzed in the face of their economic, political and social contradictions but also because they are overwhelmed by the brutality of their own wrecking.

The speech calling for yet more anarchy and violence highlights the folly of American exceptionalism. The U.S. ruling elite think they are not part of the world and can carry on destroying the world and humanity, as if they too will not suffer the consequences of their actions. It seems unimaginable that after the failures of Vietnam, Iraq and elsewhere that they think repeating such tragedies will bring success and relief from the problems they face.

The speech and actions of the U.S. imperialists show the peoples of the world that they can only rely on themselves and their own organizations, and fight tirelessly for salvation and a path forward. It is the call of history. It must be done!

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Chile, 1973: The First 9/11

Justice for Chile! No to U.S. Aggression Against Iraq and Syria Under the Hoax of Fighting Terrorism!

Participants in 2013 demonstration in Santiago, Chile on 40th anniversary of Pinochet coup
carry photos of the murdered and disappeared.

September 11, 2014 marks the 41st anniversary of the murderous coup d'état carried out by the U.S. in Chile on September 11, 1973. On this occasion, TML Daily sends its heartfelt sympathies to all those who suffered such great losses as a result of that brutal act committed under the auspices of the United States. For 41 years, the U.S. has refused to condemn its own murderous act and the Chilean people are still seeking the justice they deserve. Instead of making itself accountable for the 1973 coup, the U.S. continues to use the same criminal logic to justify what it did to Chile 41 years ago and to declare that the United States will continue to launch attacks against the peoples of any country that it chooses.

According to President Obama, the U.S. is the great defender of the rights of the peoples of the world. The people of the world, however, know differently, that ever since the Second World War the U.S. has been striving for world domination, by any means necessary, slaughtering millions of people in its rampage. At the end of the war, the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on a defeated Japan, killing hundreds of thousands of civilians, then incited and intervened in a civil war in Korea. The U.S. used chemical and biological warfare against both Korea and Viet Nam and the other Indo Chinese peoples, which killed and maimed countless civilians with the effects still felt today.

These past seven decades have included U.S. instigation of one coup d'état after another, beginning with the brutal civil war and killings in Greece and culminating with the coup d'état in Chile in 1973 and the atrocities conducted under the so-called Operation Condor in the countries of Latin America. It included the dirtiest of dirty wars against Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, and invasions of Grenada and Panama, to name just a few, all justified under the hoax of combating communism and upholding the cause of democracy and peace. Today, the attacks continue, especially on the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, again under the hoax of fighting terrorism, when the real terrorists are those sitting in the White House and the monopolies on whose behalf they rule.<

Wall of photos of murdered and disappeared at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile.

While the U.S. has for some time been making noises about "winding down" their protracted occupation of the sovereign state of Iraq, about ten thousand U.S. troops still remain there, not to mention the mercenaries of private contractors who are paid by the imperialists. Now, Obama is talking about sending more forces to Iraq under the hoax of combating a shadowy organization known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Since ISIS is also said to be operating in Syria the world can expect direct U.S. bombing of that country, obviously aimed at bringing about regime change there. Fooling no one, Obama claims that the operation against ISIS is somehow different from the U.S. invasions of Iraq in 1991 and 2003, and is rather being carried out in the interests of protecting U.S. and Iraq citizens, as if the U.S. ever cared about anything but pursuing its own private interests.

The origins of ISIS remain obscure but some suggest that, similar to Al Qaeda, it has been organized, financed, and armed by the U.S. and its allies. Key members of ISIS were trained by CIA and Special Forces command at a secret camp in Jordan in 2012, according to Jordanian officials. The financial backing for ISIS reportedly also comes from three close U.S. allies, Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Details leaking out suggest that ISIS and the new military 'surge' in Iraq, as well as the new plan for Syria, are controlled by the U.S. as the next stage in spreading chaos in Iraq, as well as weakening the recent efforts to stabilize Syria. One aspect of this is U.S. support for the Kurdish forces, likely with the intention of bringing about an "independent" Kurdish state. The formation of such a state would further break up Iraq and create an ally of the U.S. and Israel in the heart of the Middle East.

To no one's surprise, Canada's flunky Prime Minster, Stephen Harper, has just declared that because Obama "asked him personally," Canada will also be sending special forces to Iraq on what Harper calls both "moral and pragmatic grounds." About 70 Canadian special forces soldiers will join the U.S. forces serving as so-called advisors to the Kurdish forces battling ISIS. Harper is arguing that Canada is obliged to help stop ISIS because it is a training ground for terrorists who could attack Canada, an eerie echo of the main U.S. excuse for invading Afghanistan. Harper's hypocrisy concerning "terrorism" is clearly shown by his unqualified support for the state terrorism of Israel, recently responsible for the deaths of thousands of Palestinians, mainly civilians, in the attacks on Gaza. At the same time, he is clearly following in the footsteps of his governing predecessors, for example, in 1973, Canada's ambassador to Chile spoke favourably of the coup d'état in Chile in cables back to Ottawa.

The criminal logic of Obama and Harper to argue the righteousness of attacking Iraq and Syria and intervening in other countries' internal affairs against all norms of international law, reminds us of what the Chilean people were subjected to 41 years ago. Just as today Obama and Harper are presenting criminal logic to justify attacking Iraq and Syria, on September 11, 1973, such criminal logic was used to unleash the U.S.-backed military coup to overthrow the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende and bring in the brutal dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. This date is known throughout Latin America and the Caribbean as "the first 9/11."

With Santiago de Chile's soccer stadium converted into a holding pen, people were rounded up and massacred. At the Moneda Presidential Palace the constitutional President Salvador Allende was killed. Crimes against the Chilean people extended throughout the years of Pinochet's rule and beyond Chile's borders even to Washington, DC itself. The military junta led by Pinochet, with the full support of the U.S., ran Chile officially and "unofficially" for the next 25 years. Clearly exposing the U.S. role in the Chilean coup, an October 1970 cable to CIA operatives in Chile from then U.S. National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger's "Track Two" group states: "It is firm and continuing policy that [the democratically elected government of] Allende be overthrown by a coup.... We are to continue to generate maximum pressure toward this end utilizing every appropriate resource. It is imperative that these actions be implemented clandestinely and securely so that the USG [United States Government] and American hands be well hidden."

Demonstration on the 40th anniversary of the first 9/11, Santiago, September 8, 2013.

Forty-one years after the coup in Chile, the U.S. continues to organize and back violent coups d'état throughout the Latin American region as it did recently in Honduras. There was the 2004 coup against Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. There was also the coup attempt the U.S. instigated against President Rafael Correa of Ecuador in 2010 and the coup carried out against President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay in 2012. Today, the U.S. is continuing to blockade and try to subvert revolutionary Cuba and to cultivate and finance its fifth-column within Venezuela to overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution, including the short-lived 2002 coup against President Hugo Chávez. These are just a few recent examples.

On this occasion, TML remembers the victims of the Pinochet regime and Operation Condor. To this day, relatives of the victims are fighting to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice. In Chile and around the world, peace- and justice-loving people are marking the anniversary with fierce determination that such crimes must never again be permitted. In Chile, people continue to demonstrate by holding up photographs of family members abducted or killed by the state. This is a strong reminder to step up the struggle today against the crimes the U.S. is committing and planning on committing against Iraq and Syria under the hoax of fighting the terrorism which it covertly supports.

The September 11, 1973 U.S.-backed coup d'état in Chile was a heinous act of U.S. state terrorism, which the U.S. is openly telling the entire world it will commit yet again against the people of Iraq and Syria. It must not pass! All out to avenge the people of Chile by prohibiting such an attack on the peoples of Iraq and Syria! Justice for Chile! Hands Off Iraq and Syria!

(Photos: Xinhua)

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Toronto Vigil to Commemorate Coup in Chile

Thursday, September 11 -- 8:00 pm
Chilean Consulate, 2 Bloor St. W

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