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LaRouche Warned: Bush-Cheney Re-Election Means Perpetual War

by Jeffrey Steinberg

At a conference in Dubai, on Jan. 5-6, Patrick Clawson, speaking on behalf of the Bush-Cheney Administration, announced that Washington is hell-bent on taking out Iran's "nuclear weapons sites." Clawson, the vice president of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), and a leading Beltway neo-con, was part of an American delegation to a conference sponsored by the Gulf Research Center.

One Arab participant in the event told this news service: "It was not a conference. It was a notification by the Bush people, of their intentions to attack Iran." The source continued, "There were several scenarios for the attack, from a military strike to a political destabilization."

While Clawson's claim to be speaking for the Bush Administration may have contained more than a little hubris, the fact is, in a television interview with Don Imus just hours before the Bush-Cheney Inauguration on Jan. 20, Vice President Dick Cheney made similar threats of military action against Iran, going so far as to cite Israel's bombing of the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981, with a warning: If Iran's quest for a nuclear weapon is not stopped by Washington and Europe, Israel will strike unilaterally and let the rest of the world sort out the mess.

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Historic Senate Debate Invokes Constitution vs. Bush Dictatorship

On Jan. 26, 13 Senators (12 Democrats and one Independent) voted against the confirmation of Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State—the most votes against a Secretary of State nominee in 180 years. The vote followed nine hours of an debate that began one day earlier, on Jan. 25. EIR provides here selections of the Senators' statements in that historic debate from the Congressional Record—a debate which has been all but covered up by the U.S. media.

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World and Nation-State

This Week in History

January 31 - February 6, 1865

The 13th Amendment: Lincoln Outlaws Slavery

"This finishes the job," said President Abraham Lincoln on Jan. 31, 1865, as Congress passed a bill calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would abolish and prohibit slavery. For two years, Lincoln had been working to put freedom for the slaves on a secure legal footing. The Emancipation Proclamation had freed only the slaves who were under the power of the Confederacy and were able to flee to the Union lines, and Lincoln believed that when the war ended, that Proclamation would become void. There was a further difficulty, for when the Proclamation became law on Jan. 1, 1863, there were many Union supporters who objected that the President had turned the war into a battle to free the slaves, not to save the Union.

Even in his home state of Illinois, there was simmering opposition. In August 1863, Lincoln wrote a letter to his political friends in Illinois, a letter which was intended to be widely circulated. After stating that the Proclamation was indeed a Constitutional document, having been issued by the Commander-in-Chief in a time of war, Lincoln noted that many of his best generals, some of whom were never counted as Abolitionists or Republicans, believed that the emancipation policy and the use of black soldiers constituted a heavy blow to the Rebellion.

Lincoln continued: "You say you will not fight to free Negroes. Some of them seem willing to fight for you; but no matter. Fight you, then, exclusively, to save the Union. I issued the Proclamation on purpose to aid you in saving the Union. Whenever you shall have conquered all resistance to the Union, if I shall urge you to continue fighting, it will be an apt time then for you to declare you will not fight to free Negroes.

"I thought that in your struggle for the Union, to whatever extent the Negroes should cease helping the enemy, to that extent it weakened the enemy in his resistance to you. Do you think differently? I thought that whatever Negroes can be got to do as soldiers, leaves just as much less for white soldiers to do in saving the Union. Does it appear otherwise to you? But Negroes, like other people, act upon motives. Why should they do anything for us if we will do nothing for them? If they stake their lives for us, they must be prompted by the strongest motive, even the promise of freedom. And the promise, being made, must be kept."

In December of 1863, a Constitutional amendment to ban slavery had been proposed in the House; a similar one reached the floor of the Senate in January. The Senate passed it, but the House failed to give the bill a two-thirds majority, as all but four of the Democratic members of the House refused to vote for it. Lincoln was convinced, that if the measure were put to a popular vote, the American people would approve it. Therefore, he made it a central issue of his 1864 Presidential campaign.

Before the Republican Convention in June 1864, Lincoln sent for the chairman of the National Committee, Senator Morgan of New York, and told him, "I want you to mention in your speech, when you call the convention to order, as its keynote, and to put into the platform as the keystone, the amendment of the Constitution abolishing and prohibiting slavery forever."

The National Committee followed the President's policy and article three of the Republican platform read as follows: "Resolved, That as slavery was the cause, and now constitutes the strength, of this rebellion, and as it must be, always and everywhere, hostile to the principles of republican government, justice and the national safety demand its utter and complete extirpation from the soil of the republic; and that while we uphold and maintain the acts and proclamations by which the government, in its own defense, has aimed a death-blow at this gigantic evil, we are in favor, furthermore, of such an amendment to the Constitution, to be made by the people in conformity with its provisions, as shall terminate and forever prohibit the existence of slavery within the limits of the jurisdiction of the United States."

After his decisive victory over Gen. George B. McClellan in the November election, Lincoln addressed a lame-duck Congress in December 1864. He reminded the legislators that the American people, in reelecting him as President, had also voted for a Constitutional amendment prohibiting slavery. "Although the present is the same Congress," said Lincoln, referring to the 1863 Congress that had defeated the bill, "and nearly the same members, and without questioning the wisdom or patriotism of those who stood in opposition, I venture to recommend the reconstruction and passage of the measure at the present session. Of course, the abstract question is not changed, but an intervening election shows, almost certainly, that the next Congress will pass the measure if this does not. Hence there is only a question of time as to when the proposed amendment will go to the states for their action. And as it is to so go, at all events, may we not agree that the sooner the better?"

Lincoln worked unceasingly to get the measure passed. He reached out to the Democrats and to border-state Congressmen, and worked closely with James Ashley of Ohio, the principal sponsor of the amendment in the House, to identify members who might be persuaded to support the legislation. For example, Lincoln had a long talk with Rep. James Rollins of Missouri, who had originally voted against the amendment, and appealed to him as a former Whig and a follower of "that great statesman, Henry Clay," to now support it. When Rollins said he would now vote for the amendment, Lincoln asked him to use his influence with the other Congressmen from Missouri, for "The passage of this amendment will clinch the whole subject." The President also assured Rollins that, "it will bring the war, I have no doubt, rapidly to a close."

As the 13th Amendment moved through Congress, the legislators were also debating a reconstruction bill submitted by Ashley of Ohio, as well as a bill, backed by President Lincoln, to create a new Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands. This Freedmen's Bureau Act gave the Federal authorities guardianship over the recently emancipated slaves in order to protect them from exploitation by their former owners. In the final balloting on Jan. 31, more than two-thirds of the House voted for the 13th Amendment, and it was sent to the states for ratification. The House then sent the bill to Lincoln for his signature, and he signed it, with great satisfaction, on Feb. 1, even though some Senators pointed out that a Supreme Court decision of 1798 declared that Presidential approval was not required for Constitutional amendments.

On the night of Jan. 31, when news of the passage of the legislation reached the public, a large group of citizens came to the White House and celebrated by serenading the President. Lincoln's remarks to the serenaders were extemporaneous, and so there was no written speech to pass on to posterity, but the newspapermen took notes, including the reactions and comments of the listeners. One of the newspaper accounts reads as follows: "The President said he supposed the passage through Congress of the Constitutional amendment for the abolishment of Slavery throughout the United States, was the occasion to which he was indebted for the honor of this call. [Applause.]

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'All Praises Due to Satan, The Ruler of the World'
by Harley Schlanger
The following is adapted from a presentation to a LaRouche Youth Movement cadre school in Seattle, Washington, on Dec. 4, 2004.
Opening: A chorus is singing the first verse of 'Amazing Grace':
Amazing grace!
How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost,
But now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

Reverend Edwards: Our sermon today will be on a verse from Deuteronomy 32:35, 'Their foot shall slide in due time.'...
This sermon—with the exception of the references to former Democratic Party Presidential candidate John Kerry— was delivered by Jonathan Edwards, during the revival movement he spawned in the 1730s. Known as the Great Awakening, it was an operation against the efforts of the network which included Benjamin Franklin, to create a new republic on the American continent.

Why Did Author of 'Amazing Grace' Attack Handel's 'Messiah'?
by Marcia Merry Baker
[T]he intense criticism of Handel's Messiah by John Newton (1725-1807), the author of the words to 'Amazing Grace,' which became the icon pop hymn of the 20th Century, is a useful historical study, as a clinical exhibit of the nature and role of fundamentalism. In 1785, memorial performances of Messiah were held in Britain to mark the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth in Halle, despite Handel's alignment with those supporting what became the independent United States. In opposition to Handel's legacy, John Newton, a Church of England rector, and a firebrand preacher associated with the Clapham Sect in London, denounced Messiah. Newton gave a series of 50 sermons, 1785-86, to warn parishoners against the likes of Handel.

Interview: Dr. Justin Frank
'God Complex' Helps Bush Deal With Anxiety
Dr. Frank is the author of Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President (New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2004), and a practicing psychoanalyst in Washington, D.C. He is on the faculty of the George Washington University Medical School. EIR's review of his book, and an earlier interview with him, appeared in our issue of Aug. 20, 2004. B interviewed him on Jan. 20, 2005, following the President's Inaugural speech.


Italy's Black Prince: Terror War Against the Nation-State
by Allen Douglas
The Black Prince and the Sea Devils: The Story of Valerio Borghese and the Elite Units of the Decima Mas
by Jack Greene and Alessandro Massignani
Cambridge, Mass.: Da Capo Press, 2004 284 pages, hardcover, $27.50
The career of the Roman 'Black Prince,' Junio Valerio Borghese, gruesomely illustrates how virtually all modern 'international terrorism' and all assassinations of heads of state and government such as President John F. Kennedy, former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro, or the numerous attempts on France's President Charles de Gaulle, derive from the postwar Nazi International, sponsored by the AngloAmerican-led Synarchy and its intelligence services.


Private Pensions Crisis Warns, 'Don't Privatize Social Security!'
by Anita Gallagher
With George W. Bush's 'top priority' to put Wall Street's hands on Social Security contributions and benefits, America's workforce is looking at the very same threat of destitution in old age, to overcome which Franklin Roosevelt instituted Social Security in 1935. Two of the vaunted 'three legs' of retirement security in America—employer pension plans, and personal or household savings—are shrivelling; the third, Social Security, is under attack.

Leavitt Takes Over HHS; Medicaid in Jeopardy
by Mary Jane Freeman
The potential for deep slashing of the Medicaid program increased with the approval of Mike Leavitt as George W. Bush's new Secretary for Health and Human Services (HHS). As the President threatens the Social Security Trust Fund, so too is he sharpening his budget axe to gouge the state-Federal entitlement program which provides healthcare coverage for 52 million poor and disabled Americans.

Kremlin Scrambles To Calm Angry Pensioners
by Rachel Douglas
As an avowed believer in market forces, Alexei Kudrin does not usually blame major events on shadowy provocateurs. On Jan. 19, however, Russian Finance Minister Kudrin lashed out against surging street protests by thousands of Russians, most of them elderly. 'It's not pensioners who are organizing all this,' he charged, but rather the Communist Party and nationalist extremists, who, he said, had posted on the Internet, maps of what highways to blockade—as if most Russian 70-year-olds go online to get their marching orders!

Profile: José Piñera
Architect of Bush's 'Ownership' Society
by Cynthia R.Rush
The following is taken from 'Bush's Social Security Privatization: Foot in the Door for Fascism,' issued by LaRouche PAC in December 2004.
José Piñera, the architect of Chile's 1981 social security privatization, likes to brag that he is a 'freedom fighter' whose only goal is to help the poor improve themselves, teaching them self-reliance and pride of 'ownership.' In the hundreds of self-promoting articles plastered all over his website, he quotes from the Declaration of Independence and asserts that privatization of the pension system is 'truly consistent with the ideas of America's Founding Fathers.' In an October, 1998 editorial in his online publication Economia y Sociedad, he even had the gall to use Benjamin Franklin's quote that 'rebellion against a tyrant is obedience to God,' to justify the bloody U.S.-backed 1973 military coup against the government of President Salvador Allende.

Argentina Defies Debt Restructuring Vultures
by Cynthia R. Rush
After numerous delays and attempts at outright sabotage by international financial scavengers, the Argentine government finally officially launched its debt restructuring program on Jan. 14, a little over three years after its Dec. 23, 2001 default on $82 billion—the largest sovereign default in history. Between now and Feb. 25, bondholders may choose to swap the Argentine bonds they currently hold for new ones.


Euro-Russian Deals With Iran Seek To Derail Attack
by Muriel Mirak-Weissbach
During the U.S. election campaign, Lyndon LaRouche repeatedly warned that, were George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to be reelected, the world would enter a new phase of wars, starting with a military strike against the Islamic Republic of Iran. The truth of this was spelled out at a conference of the Gulf Research Center in Dubai on Jan. 5-6, by Patrick Clawson of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Will Sharon Heed God's Warning to Jezebel?
by Dean Andromidas
On the basis of a secret decision, going back to July 2004, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has ordered the confiscation of Palestinian property on an unprecedented scale, in yet another gross violation of the Geneva Conventions and the norms of civilized states. Palestinian property worth hundreds of millions of dollars, including thousands of acres of land, residential, and commercial buildings in East Jerusalem, has already been, or is in the process of being confiscated, report several sources in Israel, including the daily newspaper Ha'aretz, and Arab member of the Knesset Mohamed Barakeh. The decision remained secret until the week of Jan. 17.

On the Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz
A Conversation With Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg

Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, former president of the American Jewish Congress and former vice president of the World Jewish Congress, made the remarks below in an interview with Michele Steinberg and Marjorie Mazel Hecht of EIR, on the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by the advancing Soviet Army, Jan. 27, 1945. His initial remarks are followed by a story from the Talmud. The full interview will appear in next week's issue. Rabbi Hertzberg was last interviewed in EIR in our April 23, 2004 issue ('Sharon and Bush 'Will Fry in Hell' '), where we also published a review of his new book, The Fate of Zionism: A Secular Future for Israel & Palestine.

Synarchists Promote Andean-Wide Violence
by Valerie Rush
Mutual accusations and a threatened break in relations between the neighboring Andean countries of Colombia and Venezuela, are but one of a number of showdown scenarios that have erupted in Ibero-America in the first weeks of 2005. These developments confirm Lyndon LaRouche's assessment that the fascist agenda of the Synarchist International is to orchestrate chaos and warfare across the continent, the better to impose imperial control.

The Humala Uprising: A Nazi Putsch Rerun?
by Luis Vásquez Medina
In a typically fascist propaganda move, reminiscent of the 1923 Munich putsch that catapulted Adolf Hitler into the political limelight, Antauro Humala and more than 100 heavily armed Army reservists chose New Year's Day to capture and occupy a police station in the Andean city of Andahuaylas, Peru, for three days. The 'ethno-fascists' (as the Lima press has dubbed them) assassinated four policemen, finishing off one of them in front of television cameras, and then surrendered en masse to the Peruvian authorities.

Synarchists Activate Neo-Nazis in Europe
by Rainer Apel
When the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NPD) of Germany received 9.2% of the vote in the Saxony state elections on Sept. 19, 2004, giving them 12 seats in the state parliament, it came as a shock to the rest of the German electorate. A governmental initiative in 2001 to get the party banned had failed miserably before the Constitutional Court. It was thrown out by the Court in 2003 because a good part of the documentation in the government's lawsuit was based on NPD statements and texts that were written by state police informants themselves. What's more, the Court found that no fewer than 30 of the 210 members of NPD executive were police informants.


LaRouche Warned: Bush-Cheney Re-election Means Perpetual War
by Jeffrey Steinberg
At a conference in Dubai, on Jan. 5-6, Patrick Clawson, speaking on behalf of the Bush-Cheney Administration, announced that Washington is hell-bent on taking out Iran's 'nuclear weapons sites.' Clawson, the vice president of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), and a leading Beltway neo-con, was part of an American delegation to a conference sponsored by the Gulf Research Center. One Arab participant in the event told this news service: 'It was not a conference. It was a notification by the Bush people, of their intentions to attack Iran.' The source continued, 'There were several scenarios for the attack, from a military strike to a political destabilization.'

Senators Assert Constitutional Role Over Rice and Gonzales Nominations
by Edward Spannaus
The Jan. 6 Joint Session of Congress—in which a handful of fighting Democrats forced suspension of the session to consider a challenge to the Ohio Electors—marked a significant shift in the willingness of Congressional Democrats to stand up to the quiet coup d'e´tat being conducted by the BushCheney gang. And now, to that, must be added the historic events of Jan. 26. On that day, 13 Senators (12 Democrats and one Independent) voted against the confirmation of Condoleezza Rice as Secretary of State—the most votes against a Secretary of State nominee in 180 years.Andin the Senate Judiciary Committee, all eight Democrats voted against the confirmation of Alberto Gonzales to become U.S. Attorney General—a development which seemed inconceivable just a few weeks ago.

From the Congress
Conyers Rips Sanctions Against Ohio Lawyers
In reply to Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro's attack on those mounting a legal challenge to the last presidential election, John Conyers, Jr. (Mich), ranking Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee, pointed out to Petro in the letter printed below, that the election was riddled with improprieties and irregularities, including some of the actions of Petro himself.


LaRouche: `The Immortality of Martin Luther King'

Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr.

speaks to the Martin Luther King Day Prayer Breakfast in Talladega County, Alabama on Jan. 19, 2004


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