September 12, 2003

The Blame Game

And speaking of blinders, the New York Times continues to act as if Arab terrorists give a shit about Westerners killing other Westerners:

Death came from the skies. A building — a symbol of the nation — collapsed in flames in an act of terror that would lead to the deaths of 3,000 people. It was Sept. 11.

But the year was 1973, the building Chile's White House, La Moneda, and the event a coup staged by Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

(Via The Daily James.)

Posted by Andrea Harris at September 12, 2003 06:33 AM

Why that's just adorable. One could almost get the impression that 3000 people died in the building. It's so equivalent to 9/11.

Posted by: Ken Summers at September 12, 2003 at 09:03 AM

So I guess this proves we asked for it? What about the 500 Brits who died? The other nationalities slaughtered on 9/11?

Coming from a paper in NYC and the purported "National Newspaper of Record", this line of reasoning(?!) is so skewed and morally reprehensible that it boggles the mind.

The NYT is imploding under the weight of Leftist dogma, moral equivalency and hatred for the right. Good riddance.

Posted by: feste at September 12, 2003 at 02:35 PM

Why, one might almost think the NYT was unaware that the coup in Chile was caused not by American Hubris and Evil, but by the lies, looming violence, and immense unpopularity of the Chilean government of Salvador "I swear I'm not a Stalinist, until I get enough guns to overthrow the Constitution" Allende.

The paltry amount of "aid" provided by the CIA (helping arm some of the anti-government forces... in response to an illegal arming of pro-government forces!) neither particularly hastened the coup, nor was requisite for its success. Allende sowed what he reaped, by his own doomed policies.

(The Nixon administration supported Chile, even while Pinochet killed the opposition? Boo! But I imagine Allende's purges, which would have been inevitable (and, if I recall reading correctly, were in fact part of his actual plans), well, those would be different, I'm sure. Massacres by Communists are "a purely local matter", aren't they?)

A pox on the bloody Times.

Posted by: Sigivald at September 12, 2003 at 03:27 PM

Not that they weren't on my shit list before, but I think the Times has officially replaced Ed from EdRants as the Person I'd Most Like to Tell to Shut the Fuck Up.

I'm going to go have to read the NY Post now just to get the icky taste out. Yuck.

Posted by: ilyka at September 12, 2003 at 06:14 PM

Speaking as a non-American, I hope and trust that America will prevail.

As for consequences - I've not seen where it's written that the 'seulement' the US Government singular, its employees plural, and greater mass of the American people in total have to not only be right, right now, but also foresee and control all future consequences of their geopolitical decisions.

But I have a wife and children whom madmen would happily immolate in an Avgas-marinated barbeque next time we fly. Worse, there is an appallingly large number of anti-Americans who clearly prefer not only my family and my friends but even their own fellow-citizens to be sacrified to their idiotarian delusions lest, forsooth, Iraq and al-Qaeda should be 'oppressed' by the US.

For the above reasons and quite a few more, I am extremely grateful that the US has taken upon itself to put its soldier-citizens in harm's
way and to expend its treasure to reduce the risk that the rest of us will be jumping out of burning buildings or wake up to a mushroom

This is one non-American who is absolutely GRATEFUL that Americans are doing what you can.

In memoriam to the casualties of 9/11. Rest in peace; we're not forgetting and we're not getting over it.

Posted by: RDJ at September 13, 2003 at 06:19 AM