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
terror carried out by the U.S.-backed coups and dictatorships in Latin
America in the 1970s, including the coup in Chile.
• The U.S. Commitment to Cause Worldwide Death
and Destruction Is Sure to Destroy the U.S. Itself
• 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The speech calling for yet more anarchy and violence
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
The speech and actions of the U.S. imperialists show the
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!
Chile, 1973: The First 9/11
Justice for Chile! No to U.S.
Aggression Against Iraq and Syria Under the Hoax of Fighting Terrorism!
2013 demonstration in Santiago, Chile on 40th anniversary of Pinochet
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
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
and killings in Greece and culminating with the coup d'état 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
Wall of photos of
murdered and disappeared at the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in
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
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
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,
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
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
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!
Toronto Vigil to Commemorate Coup in Chile
11 -- 8:00 pm
Consulate, 2 Bloor St. W
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