|This article appears in the February 4, 2000 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
LaRouche: Dollarization in Ecuador
"I know the situation in Ecuador. Ecuador is now being destroyed. It's
being destroyed by the United Nations, by the International Monetary Fund. It's
being destroyed by the State Department of the United States, under Madeleine
Albright, deliberately," said U.S. Presidential pre-candidate Lyndon H.
LaRouche. He was responding to a question from a delegate participating in a
telephone dialogue on Jan. 23 between LaRouche and 52 Democratic Party delegate
caucuses throughout the state of California.
"These conditions which have been imposed on Ecuador, which
have been the trigger for the two coups, counter-coups, and so forth, going on
in Ecuador right now, are the result of the United States government supporting
the imposition of slavery, so-called dollarization, upon Ecuador...
"This is genocide. We've created chaos. We now have a
dangerous situation in Ecuador as a result of it, a situation which can spread
the contagion, to worsen the situation in Colombia, aggravate the situation in
Venezuela, spill over into Peru, spill into parts of Brazil, particularly the
Amazon region, and spread in chain-reaction effect throughout the whole
The Democratic Presidential pre-candidate explained that
Ecuador "is in the middle of an area--Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, to some
degree Panama, Peru, next to Brazil, which is also in trouble; and Chile is also
"So the entire Americas are now being destroyed, as Ecuador
right now, as we sit and speak, is being destroyed, by the will of the United
States government, as expressed by its Secretary of State and others, and the
International Monetary Fund. It's being destroyed....
"This dollarization of Ecuador, was calculated. It was
intentional. It was an intent to destroy the nation. They were not merely
out to impose conditions. The deliberate purpose, by people such as the
Inter-American Dialogue involved, is to eliminate the existence of the
nation-state of Ecuador. And if we don't stop them, they'll do
LaRouche went on to address what he considers his specific
role in this situation:
"My actual concern now, in terms of where I am now, what
powers I have, what influence I have, is to attempt to persuade the President of
the United States to stop this nonsense. Do not try to impose slavery
upon Ecuador, in the name of `democracy.'
"What kind of a thing is that? Because if you would lift
these conditions, and simply say, `We are prepared to assist Ecuador in enabling
them to suspend the present debt, which is probably unjust in many cases
anyway, in order for the currency to be restored to a functioning condition, and
to provide the protectionist conditions with U.S. protection, under which
Ecuador can rebuild itself.'
"I think the problem of the recent coup and so forth, were
all the result of what I've seen as an ongoing, deliberate direction of policy.
And I have a frightened President Bill Clinton on my hands, who does not have
the guts, even though I'm sure he knows better, and doesn't feel he has the
position, to take this on....
"In not making that decision, the President of the United
States is making a very serious mistake, worse than a mistake."
The LaRouche solution
In response to a question as to what he would do as President
of the United States regarding the crisis in Ecuador and similar crises,
"I would pick up something I published in early August of
1982, something that got me into a good deal of trouble, but also got me some
friends in Ecuador at the time, among other countries.
"It's called `Operation Juárez.' My policy for the
Americas is essentially sumarized in that paper, in `Operation Juárez.'...
I wrote that as a cooperative effort--it was all my writing and my
responsibility--but as a cooperative effort with the government of Mexico, the
President of Mexico [José] López Portillo, and other leaders of
Ibero-America, during that period.
"And I think people, by looking at that, and looking at
today's situation, will recognize exactly where I stand, and what that means
implicitly, in terms of countries such as Ecuador.
"If I were President of the United States, I would act
immediately; say, the United States, as under the policy of John Quincy Adams,
under the policy of Blaine, under the policy of Franklin Roosevelt, the policy
enunciated by John Kennedy--I would enunciate that policy."
LaRouche added: "The function of the United States, is to
protect the independent states of the Americas from that kind of rapacity by
international powers. And this is a case where the foreign policy of the United
States, under a President who knows what his business is, would be to step in
and say, `No, you don't do that to Ecuador.'
"And that would give the Ecuadoreans the room to begin
putting their own affairs into good order."