|This interview appears in the December 8, 2000 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
LaRouche on Peru Radio:
Crisis Will Change The Political Geometry
Lyndon LaRouche was interviewed on Nov. 25 on Radio Programas del Perú (RPP), which is a national institution, and has the largest national audience of any Peruvian station. It also broadcasts through cable television news, Channel 6. The interviewer introduced LaRouche as follows (paraphrase):
We will now have an interview with a polemical individual,
Lyndon LaRouche, who will speak with us from Frankfurt. LaRouche is an economist
who is well known internationally. LaRouche was a Democratic Party Presidential
pre-candidate in the United States. Author of the LaRouche-Riemann econometric
model, he has very controversial views and forecasts, which have a wide audience
through both the international media and through his own
Regarding Peru, LaRouche has issued highly polemical
statements in recent days about the situation our country is going through. He
has said, for example, that, with the fall of President Alberto Fujimori, falls
the only government on the continent which fought against the drug trade. He
also said that the new government will be more favorable to dialogue with
narco-terrorism and tolerant toward the drug trade.
The full text of the interview follows:
Q: Mr. LaRouche, you have always had very polemical
things to say about Peru and the world. Can you summarize for us your views
about what is facing Peru?
LaRouche: The situation throughout Central and South
America is, for all the nations, more or less a disaster, and the situation in
the United States is one of the principal causes of the extreme disaster in the
nations of South America.
My objective is to hope that we can change the situation in
the United States, and to begin to reverse the damage to the republics to the
south of the United States. I'm looking very closely at developments in Asia as
a possible contribution to reversing this global situation.
The fact to keep principally in mind, is that the present
international financial system is hopelessly bankrupt, and will collapse soon,
and it will be a collapse that will hit the dollar the hardest. So, this is one
of those times in history when you have to live through a period of grave
crisis. I need not say that Peru is one of those countries that is living
through such a crisis. And my wishes toward Peru are well known. So, I shall do
what I am able to do, but my abilities are limited at the moment.
Q: You've said in the past that Mr. Fujimori is one
of the only governments in Latin America that is really fighting
narco-terrorism. The drop in coca production, and so on, is very well known.
However, there is also talk of the ties of people like [Fujimori's intelligence
adviser Vladimiro] Montesinos to the drug trade. How can one explain these
LaRouche: First of all, there are operations and
counteroperations. The general method for successful counteroperations against
drugs is to attempt, with intelligence services, to try to penetrate the inside
of the drug trade, find out who's doing what, and then you can move. And
therefore, all counterintelligence operations against drug traffickers run by
intelligence agencies, tend to be involved with a lot of dirt.
But it's also true on the other side, that you can not have
drug trafficking in the Americas, if powerful forces inside the United States
and Europe were not assisting to run the drug traffic.
I've been looking at this drug traffic for about a
quarter-century. We had big fights inside the United States between forces here
who are for it, and those who are against it. The problem I have, is when those
in the State Department are actually for the legitimization of the drug traffic.
I hope that the present world financial crisis may change the situation, so that
our State Department will cease to be for drug traffickers, and will finally
come around again to being against them.
Q: As you know, the main process going on now in
Peru is the upcoming elections in July. A new government will come in,
undoubtedly with forces opposed to the Fujimori government. What awaits
LaRouche: We don't know, because the crisis which
will hit long before then, will change the entire political geometry of the
United States and the rest of the world as well. This is the greatest world
crisis in three centuries, and people who think that policy is going to continue
in the direction it seems to be going in now, are mistaken. Either the United
States is going back to a Franklin D. Roosevelt attitude, or else it's going to
be a terrible world. I see no other alternative at present. So, before July,
there will be a completely different situation for Peru. So everything that is
said now, is not necessarily true.
Q: Finally, you are known as a very polemical
person. Your views are often characterized as exotic, and you have made
apocalyptic forecasts that have on many occasions not come true. What can you
say about this?
LaRouche: I've never made a forecast that didn't
come true. There are some people who have said that I forecast something, but I
put everything that I forecast on written record, and my friends and I check
this very carefully. I've never made a forecast that has not come