The most important anniversary of the year was the 40th anniversary of September 11, 1973 — the crushing of the democratic government of Chile by General Augusto Pinochet and Henry Kissinger, then US secretary of state.

The National Security Archive in Washington has posted new documents that reveal much about Kissinger’s role in an atrocity that cost thousands of lives.


In declassified tapes, Kissinger is heard planning with President Richard Nixon the overthrow of left-wing President Salvador Allende. They sound like Mafiosi thugs.

Kissinger warns that the “model effect” of Allende’s reformist democracy “can be insidious”. He tells CIA director Richard Helms: “We will not let Chile go down the drain”.

Helms replies: “I am with you.”

With the slaughter under way, Kissinger dismisses a warning by his senior officials on the scale of the repression. Secretly, he tells Pinochet: “You did a great service to the West.”

To understand the complex world in which we live, we need not only witnesses to the events that are reported in our media – we need people who can explain to us what it is we are watching – what plans, causes, interests, players, and what strategies are at the root of seemingly randomly occurring maddening atrocities. Because while all we want is to live in peace and to develop and grow a better and just world, others are only intent in ensuring the supremacy of their own power. And there is no boutique in hell they haven’t shopped to find new choreographies of atrocities, with pageantry of deception as added bonus.

THAT IS WHY I urge you to visit John Pilger’s website and read and watch his reports. Behind the scene of much of our militarized world’s events, there are forces acting in collusion. How then shall we live?

[John Richard Pilger is an Australian journalist based in London. Since his early years as a war correspondent in Vietnam, Pilger has been a strong critic of American, Australian and British foreign policy, which he considers to be driven by an imperialist agenda.

Pilger has also criticized his native country’s treatment of indigenous Australians and the practices of the mainstream media.

In the British print media, he has had a long association with the Daily Mirror, and writes a fortnightly column for the New Statesman magazine.

Pilger has twice won Britain’s Journalist of the Year Award, and his documentaries, screened internationally, have gained awards in Britain and worldwide, and the journalist has received several honorary doctorates.]