As We Grieve, Remember Chile & Our Civil Liberties By Shepherd Bliss On Sept. 11 a plane headed for the president's home and office. This plane reached its destiny, in l973, and rocketed La Moneda, within which Chile's democratically-elected Pres. Salvador Allende was assassinated. When these U.S.-financed terrorists ended Chilean democracy, they cocked a trigger that 28 years later would rain death from the skies in New York and Washington, D.C. As I saw the planes hit the World Trade Center towers and those invincible momuments to U.S. power come crashing down so quickly, I once again saw the rockets destroy Chile's Presidential Palace and initiate the slaughter of thousands. The chickens have come home to roost. The unsinkable Titanic super-power may be sinking. Please add my friend Frank Teruggi--tortured to death by the Chilean Gen. Pinochet--to the list of the innocent ones for whom you mourn. Now is a time for grief, not revenge and more violence. Frank, I have not forgotten you and the life you gave for freedom. Frank Teruggi presente! We should remember the thousands who lost their lives and the millions who lost democracy in Chile and elsewhere to U.S. terrorism. May we mourn the many innocent dead and wounded and see beyond our borders to develop a species-wide identity that transcends narrow nationalism. May the few perpetrators of this crime against humanity be caught and brought to justice; and may the many innocent people who happen to live in Afghanistan and the Middle East not be punished for the crimes of others. May we work to stop the violence, rather than escalate to a surely unwinnable war. May this tragedy open our eyes to our larger international context and our responsibilities as U.S. citizens to work for peace. May we condemn without reservation all terrorism, including that used by governments. "A broken heart is an open heart," someone said at one of the healing circles after this Sept. 11 attack from the air. May this tragedy open us, rather than blind us to our own responsibilities and shut us down, which terrorism too often does. As the Pentagon considers retaliation for this "Pearl Harbor," lets keep a close eye on our civil liberties. As I listen to the TV--which I do not advise--I feel the media "manufacturing consent" (MIT linguist Chomsky's term) for martial law. I do not personally fear as much the "Attack on America" as I do the "Attack by America" on our civil liberties domestically and on the innocent, especially Arabs and other people of color, around the globe.