Today is the anniversary of September 11th, 1973, when the U.S. CIA led a coup which ousted (and killed) the legally elected president of Chile, Salvador Allende, and replaced him with the right wing dictator Pinochet, leading to many years of misery, death and oppression all because the U.S. just can’t stand to see left wing governments getting elected in Central and South America.
Which sort of puts the charges of Russians interfering in the last U.S. elections in perspective. The latest bombshell is that a Russian group paid $100,000 for advertising on Facebook, and it was spent on all sorts of racist memes which basically talk about how illegal aliens are getting all sorts of cool, free stuff from the government while throwing their babies out of windows and stuff like that.
It’s sort of an odd juxtaposition and I’m having a bit of trouble wrapping my mind around it. First, $100,000 as opposed to Hillary Clinton’s billion dollar plus war chest is pissing in the ocean. It’s not so much an effort to win as it is just plain trolling; trying to stir up trouble for shits and giggles. If the Russian government was behind it, it was an absurdly frivolous expenditure.
So, I suspect that it was more along the lines of some Trump employed internet trolls, based in Russia, where the slack-jawed yokel in chief is known to have business interests, i.e. real estate and money laundering. But, I don’t know. Maybe Putin did play a part. If so, it’s still way less than what we did in Chile. The Russians did not bomb Washington, they did not have Obama assassinated.
Today, of course, is also the anniversary of September 11th, 2001, which we should also never forget. It just seems to me, though, that every anniversary is used by the powers that be to reinforce the official narrative and make lots of sneering remarks about conspiracy theorists.
Doesn’t matter. The official version is full of holes, and so suspicions linger. And probably always will.