Let’s recover the memory of 9/11

Carlos Alvarez

Special for The Citizen

If there is something that characterizes “common sense” it is to be a rare oxymoron, since it is the least common of the senses. Despite this, it has the ability to build socially shared imaginaries, as is the case of September 11, 2001, better known as 9/11. The attack against the Twin Towers managed to monopolize, like everything the United States touches, a very unique date for this region of the Southern Cone. That slogan in diminutive that is 9/11 has managed to sink deep into the memory not only because of the media coverage that event had in the heat of the development of new technologies and the internet, but because it occurred in a central country of world geopolitics. But let’s recover the long memory of 9/11 in a regional key.

Few dates evoke so many ephemeris at the same time as September 11, a date that commemorates Teachers’ Day in Argentina on the occasion of the death of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento that day in 1888. But a revolutionary event also occurred on September 11, 1852. of utmost importance, such as the “Revolution of September 11” in Buenos Aires, by means of which said province faced the Urquicista Confederation in a manifest secessionist maneuver that sought to divide what Caseros had united, lengthening the definitive national unification .

However, the most important and painful anniversary is that of 1973, when the Chilean people suffered the criminal coup commanded by Augusto Pinochet and sponsored by the CIA and Henry Kissinger, by means of which Salvador Allende was induced to resign or keep your word to leave La Moneda with your feet forward. And so it was that, keeping his word, that social leader who had come to government with the Popular Unity to show that the left could also come to government through democratic means, would become a martyr just three years after winning the elections. against Jorge Alessandri, conspicuous representative of the Chilean aristocracy since Independence.

That coup not only jettisoned a national productive matrix for Chile, it also announced a poorly concealed landing of US imperialist interests in the region, which no longer required marines to impose themselves: now it was enough to finance the immunized local military forces themselves. with the National Security Doctrine, and formatted by the School of the Americas. But as is often the case with McCombo culture, that junk food had a side: a profound neoliberal model that would have no other way of being applied than at gunpoint. That September 11, without anyone being able to guess his drifts, he would end up making crime and silence an ode to the “Chilean miracle”, a euphemism that confirmed that the project is running smoothly.

Today Chile, almost half a century later, is on the streets finding the courage to discuss and rethink the history that opened up from that nefarious attack on La Moneda, while seeking to modify a Constitution that, by dint of silencing the notes of Victor Jara and enriching the rich more, ended up silencing and legalizing crime. However, the executioners of the north, metamorphosed into victims, offered us endlessly their grief and drama for an attack still surrounded by a cloud of suspicion, while confirming the transfer from the paradigm of national security to that of the fight against terrorism. Forty-eight years after that first 9/11, as Eduardo Galeano said, and twenty of the Twin Towers, the great losers of both continue to be Chileans (and Latin America as a whole) and Afghans, while the Northern Empire follows the command and reminds us that the only 9/11 worth remembering is yours.

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