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Other September 11ths

While we remember and mourn our losses of three years ago, one should definitely take a moment and remember that there are other September 11th's that people remember. Yesterday, Dr. Ariel Dorfman had an op-ed published in the New York Times that talked about how the World Trade Center bombing has helped Chile in its pursuit of justice against Augusto Pinochet, the Chilean general who deposed the democratically elected President of Chile, Salvador Allende, in a bloody coup on September 11, 1973. One may want to remember that Pinochet paid the US with a car bomb on September 21, 1976, in Washington DC, that killed Orlando Letelier and US citizen Ronni Moffitt.

September 11, was already a black day in US history, in 1857 on that day 120 emigrants to the west were killed by Mormon guerillas, aided by Paiute.

Meanwhile, in Darfur, Sudan, people are still dying in numbers that dwarf our losses on 9/11, while the world watches. For some families there, 9/11/2004 will be their day of grief as a loved one dies of malnutrition, or at the hands of Janjaweed raiders.

These are the opinions of James