Jill Stein: U.S. apology to Chile 40 years after the first 9/11

September 11, 2013


When Barack Obama visited Chile in 2011, he was asked by reporters whether he intended to apologize for the U.S. role in the 1973 coup that ousted and killed the democratically elected President Salvador Allende. He avoided the question, and did not apologize.

The Green Shadow Cabinet wishes to offer the following apology, on behalf of the United States of America, for our federal government’s role in the tragic death of Chile’s President, and the reckless behavior of the Central Intelligence Agency in supporting the rise of a brutal dictatorship:


The United States of America apologizes to the people of Chile for the criminal role played by U.S. government agencies in the coup d’etat of 1973. To those who lost their lives, liberty and to all those who lost their democratic rights that day, we are sorry.

We apologize to the families of those murdered and disappeared. We apologize to those tortured, gagged and intimidated as the United States continued to back the Pinochet regime.

With humility and sorrow, we pledge that the events of September 11, 1973 shall not be forgotten by the peoples of the United States, as they are not forgotten in Chile.

We apologize for these events in the past and pledge to respect Chilean sovereignty and democracy in the future.

       ~ Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala, on behalf of the Green Shadow Cabinet of the United States

6 thoughts on “Jill Stein: U.S. apology to Chile 40 years after the first 9/11

  1. Melty

    One of the many reasons I avoid admitting I’m from the States and just say I’m from Wisconsin, a placename most folks don’t recognize abroad.

  2. DSZ

    “democratically elected” is a relative term. A KGB agent based in Mexico City (Kuznetsov) supplied Allende’s campaign with several hundred thousand dollars. Afterwards, the Soviets were prepared to supply him with small arms, tanks, and other military hardware, but once word reached them that Allende’s overthrow was eminent, a large shipment of arms turned back and headed elsewhere.

    Now that doesn’t mean what the U.S. did was right AT ALL, but it means that Allende wasn’t a hero or a martyr, but another piece on the board prepared to play his role in the Cold War.

    Ultimately the wording of the apology was completely appropriate though, in my view.

  3. DSZ

    Also I should point out that *technically* the coup did not *kill* Allende, he committed suicide to avoid capture. There is some controversy over that but most folks, including the Allende family, believe he committed suicide with a full-auto AK.

  4. Mormon Watch

    The first 9/11 was in 1857, when Mormons slaughtered hundreds of Americans in a false-flag attack they tried to pin on Indian tribes.

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