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The Losses We Mourn on 9/11, the Challenges We Accept
The writ for the federal election was dropped on September 11, the 18th anniversary of the day the terrorist attacks took place on the Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon and elsewhere. Prime Minister Trudeau in his opening campaign speech mourned the loss of life on that day.
We too mourn the loss of life on that day, including the many Canadians. September 11 always brings to mind as well the lives lost on that horrific day in 1973, the opening shot of a sustained terrorist attack against the people of Chile, as a direct result of the fascist U.S.-inspired coup d’état. This attack was one of many the U.S. imperialists were engaged in during Operation Condor and their dirty wars in South and Central America and the Caribbean. We deeply mourn those who died in those wars defending freedom, democracy and their sovereignty from the military savagery and interference of the United States.
We mourn as well the loss of life since 9/11, 2001 as a result of U.S. revenge-seeking and desperation to extend its global hegemony. We, along with thousands of fellow Canadians, are deeply concerned with the loss of civil liberties, the Special Ops, torture sites and hundreds of thousands, even millions killed as a result of U.S. economic sanctions and wars of aggression and occupation with 9/11 used as a propaganda ploy. The likes of Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland do not mourn or even recognize these losses; for in the name of national security and national interest, their government is a war government in the service of U.S. crimes.
They also do not mourn the loss of the liberal democratic institutions, which at one time served a public good. On the contrary, in the name of those institutions they justify the use of the police powers that underlie the constitutions of what they call the western democracies. Those constitutions permit the imposition of a rule of law in contempt of a modern understanding of the purpose of law to serve the cause of justice. The rule of law and police powers based on those western constitutions are out of sync with the needs of the times. To use them to suppress the forward march of people and their claims on what belongs to them by right is reactionary and amoral, which makes those who govern today both anti-social and unfit to rule.
On this occasion, Renewal Update expresses its solidarity with the peoples of the United States and Chile who are striving to see justice served under today’s conditions. We also extend our solidarity to the peoples of all the countries that have been and continue to be subjected to the destruction by U.S. and NATO forces, which include those of Canada.
We also express our full support for the people of Kashmir whose autonomy has been arbitrarily suspended by India with thousands imprisoned through the imposition of “black laws,” with their resources plundered and youth killed in the name of prosperity and security. The same government of India promotes “Brahmin supremacy” and incites hatred on every conceivable basis with impunity, yet nonetheless is called the world’s largest democracy.
None of the losses following 9/11 solicits the least regret on the part of the government of Canada or those seeking to form the next government in the election. Despite what they may say, September 11, 2001 was the beginning of a new round of state terrorism, anarchy and violence, as was September 11, 1973 for the peoples of Chile and elsewhere in South and Central America and the Caribbean. Since 2001, Canada has been fully integrated into the U.S. war machine and Homeland Security and its laws, with Canadians subject to the decision-making of the U.S. warmongers.
In the lead up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, U.S. President George Bush declared Saddam Hussein a Hitler and called anyone who opposed the invasion, an appeaser of Hitler. Life has revealed who are the real appeasers of war, aggression and national betrayal. No amount of campaign rhetoric will change that revealed fact of life.
On this occasion of the anniversary of 9/11, we salute all those who are fighting for peace, democracy and freedom in today’s conditions. Let us together unite in defence of the rights of all and take up the challenges we face!