Desperately looking for a title
- Apr 26, 2008
- 3 of them
In the rest of the world, the weird day is 9 November. US date notation makes no damn sense and we should all be using dd/mmm/yyyy where ISO 8601 would be sillyUh... where is the joke? The CIA operations that created the various “banana republics” are historical facts. Remembering the Chilean coup on its anniversary is every bit as legitimate as remembering the 2001 terrorist attacks.
In Germany, the weird day is 9 November.
The Joke is as such: 9/11 is mostly associated with the terrorist attacks which occurred in 2001. Their high visibility and impact on politics and the middle east (I was going to use the landscape but that is too literal in this case ) has made it such that it is the go-to event for the date. By making a de-motivational poster, itself used as a method to convey darkly humorous messages through memes in the early-mid-'00s, and referencing the Allende incident instead of the terrorist attacks, you subvert the expectations of the reader. This creates humor, especially when taking the current political climate and the shift of perception of the United States in the world political stage. You can see a non-political example below.
Joking and pedantic nonsense aside, it is possible to dislike Allende for his policies and the CIA for generally fucking up Chile. Personally, I believe that the US interventionism kinda screwed us over as we didn't learn how to pick leaders and are very likely to be victims of populism. The crop of 21st century socialist leaders can attest to this.
On the other hand, without those interventions it's likely we would still be ruled by those who took over power back then. With, of course, the requisite devastating effects on the population, production, and overall quality of life. It would have also meant an increased dependence on undemocratic regimes by first-world countries. That "learning how to pick leaders" thing usually carries a body count, unfortunately. In any case, at this point, it's merely speculation on my end, no different from anyone who thinks that their preferred idea would've worked if only they had been in charge.