Chilean-American to Stand Trial for Death of Victor Jara

September of 1973 was one of the worst months I can remember living through, and September 11 the worst day until another 38 years later.   A bright and hopeful new, democratically elected government in Chile, was smashed by Chilean armed forces, aided and abetted by the United States.  Thousands were rounded up.  Many were tortured and killed, among them Victor Jara, an internationally known singer song-writer.  His guitar hand was crushed and he was killed.  By the end of the regime in 1990 some 40,000 Chilean citizens had been detained, many of them tortured.  Over 200,000 left the country for exile.

Now, perhaps, one of those responsible, will get some time to reflect on what he did.

“A US judge has ordered a former Chilean army officer to stand trial in Florida in connection with the killing of folk singer Victor Jara in 1973.

Pedro Barrientos, who has US citizenship and lives in Florida, will answer charges of torture and extrajudicial killing.

Jara was one of thousands of people rounded up at a stadium in the capital Santiago after the coup that brought General Augusto Pinochet to power.

He was tortured and shot dead.”


Second US Carrier to Persian Gulf

“The US Navy said it has deployed a second aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf amid rising tensions with Iran over its nuclear program. The Bahrain-based 5th Fleet said the deployment of the USS Enterprise along the Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group marks only the fourth time in the past decade that the Navy has had two aircraft carriers operating at the same time in the region’

Today’s Zaman


Iran has 20 some fast, silent submarines in the Gulf, along with high-speed surface craft which, armed with explosives and attacking in swarms could seriously damage the carriers.  One false step, one mis-read radar signal and there is major trouble.  Not to mention the scene being set for a Gulf of Tonkin false report with Congressional excitement following and all the pistols in the house being handed over to the Presidnet.