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People of the same trade seldom meet together but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some diversion to raise prices.
- Adam Smith, Scottish economist, in An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, 1776.
Historical News on September 11
Chile's Allende Killed In Army Coup
1973 Chile’s democratically dilated Marxist government was overthrown today in a US-backed military coup, and President Salvador Allende is dead.
Right- wing coup leader General Augusto Pinochet says Allende committed suicide but surviving leftists Say he was shot, tighting to the last, the presidential palace in Santiago burning around him.
Thousands of Chilean leftists were slain. Elated in 1970.
Allende’s left-wing alliance instituted land reform and nationalized major industries – including the copper mines, 80 percent US-owned US big business acted with the CIA to destabilize the country.
Chile’s international credit suddenly dried up: the US forced down the world copper price, Chile’s chief foreign exchange earner, and poured resources into Pinochet’s army, while the CIA fomented strikes and plotted today’s coup in which Pinochet was little more than a US puppet.
Nazis Flee as US Troops Entered Germany
1944 With the Nazis in retreat throughout Europe, the first Allied forces entered Germany today when the US First Army under General Omar Bradley crossed the German border at Eupen.
Bradley’s forces were with the Free French soldiers who liberated Paris on August 25.
Last week British and US troops freed Brussels and Liège in Belgium and advanced on the Siegfried Line, Germany’s main defence.
The Line is under heavy US assault in the south near Nancy, the lynchpin in Adolf Hitler’s southern defences.
German soldiers are fleeing en masse, with large numbers surrendering and reports of widespread desertions.
Cromwell Soaks Ireland in Blood
1649 Oliver Cromwell today had 1500 Irish rebels put to the sword to prevent further bloodshed.
When the city of Drogheda rejected his offer to surrender, Cromwell’s Roundhead troops sacked the city.
The Puritan English Commonwealth’s military chief is leaving a welter of blood and destruction in his wake.
Ireland has been in turmoil since the insurrection of 1641.
The English Civil War left Parliament on a weak footing there, with the Royalist Marquis of Ormond controlling most Irish fortresses.
He rebelled, claiming the exiled Charles Il as king.
Cromwell landed near Dublin with 16,000 troops, and his terror tactics have turned the tables.
Today’s massacre has left the remaining Royalist strongholds anxious to surrender.
Saudi Front Man Takes BCCI Rap
1991 The US Federal Reserve has seized the US assets of a Saudi Arabian financier and fined him $37 million (£20 million).
Ghaith Pharaon was the US front man for the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, which was seized by international regulators in July amid allegations of widespread fraud.
Forty BCCI officials were arrested in Abu Dhabi at the weekend.
The bank was 70 per cent owned by the Gulf state.
Last week a US grand jury issued indictments against six BCCI officials following investigations into drug money laundering.
A congressional report said the US government had information on BCCI corruption in the mid-1980s, and in London a judicial inquiry has been told that both the Bank of England and the Chancellor were warned about BCCI as early as 1986, but failed to act.
America Under Siege
2001 The United States has become the victim of the worst terrorist attack ever launched.
A hijacked American Airlines Boeing 767 has crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York, killing all passengers on board, and causing an enormous explosion.
Fifteen minutes later, a second hijacked plane crashed into the South Tower.
A third plane was flown at the Pentagon in Washington and a fourth crashed in Pennsylvania after the hijackers were overpowered.
Both towers of the World Trade Center later collapsed and the number of dead has been estimated at 3,000.
No one has claimed responsibility, but many believe it is the work of Al Qaeda.