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This article appears in the February 14, 2014 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.

LaRouche Warns: Remove Obama
To Stop War of Extinction

by Jeffrey Steinberg

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Feb. 9—Lyndon LaRouche has reiterated his warning that the world is on the edge of possible thermonuclear extinction, and the only guaranteed war avoidance policy at this late date is for the U.S. Congress to begin immediate impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama. Obama has committed a series of impeachable crimes, including illegal wars, violations of Constitutional rights of American citizens, and trampling on Congressional authority in violation of the separation of powers. However, the main reason that Congress should be compelled to oust the President by Constitutional means is that Obama is a tool of the London-Wall Street financial oligarchy, and as long as he remains in office, these Anglo-Dutch forces maintain their finger on the American nuclear trigger.

It is precisely this Anglo-Dutch apparatus that is driving the world to confrontation in Ukraine, in the Persian Gulf, and in North Asia. Any one of these crisis spots could provide the trigger for a general war, leading to thermonuclear extinction. The entire Anglo-Dutch financial and monetary system, as LaRouche has repeatedly warned, is bankrupt beyond repair. That process of disintegration has now entered a breakdown phase, with the U.S. Federal Reserve's attempts to scale back the hyperinflationary policies adopted back in 2007, and continued unabated under a series of "quantitative easing" binges.

Even as the Fed has cautiously begun to "taper" the $85 billion a month in bailouts to the biggest and most vulnerable Wall Street and European banks, a backlash of capital flight out of emerging markets has already begun. Last week, a Bank for International Settlements (BIS) staff report warned of the dangerous consequences of this reverse-leverage capital flight to presumed safety in the U.S. dollar. An earlier IMF report warned that the burden of indebtedness in the advanced sector is the greatest in 200 years. All of this spells near-term doom for the entire global financial system, a blowout collapse that will hit with the most devastating impact in the trans-Atlantic region.

It is this imminent breakdown crisis that is the primary driver for general war. The Anglo-Dutch circles in London, on Wall Street, and in the upper echelons of the British royal establishment are hell-bent on preserving their power amidst this collapse, and they see war as the best option.

Russia, Putin Targeted

The most dangerous flashpoint is the targeting of Russia and its President Vladimir Putin. Western powers are overtly backing a neo-Nazi insurrection against the legitimately elected President of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovych, after he rejected the European Union's Association Agreement in November 2013. Ever since that time, hardcore neo-Nazi gangs have run rampant, staging violent takeovers of government buildings and threatening a civil war. These networks trace their roots back to the ultra-nationalist Bandera movement of the World War II era, which allied directly with Nazi Germany and carried out mass murders of Jews, Poles, and others.

One need only look at the strategic map of the Black Sea region to see why Putin and his top generals see the Ukraine revolt as a casus belli. Under a long-term treaty, the Russian Navy maintains its critical Black Sea base at Sevastopol in Ukraine. The Black Sea is Russia's access to the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, and with the ongoing events in Syria, Russia has, for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, re-established a Mediterranean Sea fleet. That fleet is now participating in the chemical weapons evacuation and destruction negotiated with Syria; and China and Russia have just staged joint naval manuevers for the first time in the Mediterranean.

Any attempt to overthrow Yanukovych and install a European Union-puppet regime committed to severing all economic and security ties to Russia, as is now going on, is a "red line" that Russia cannot and will not allow to be crossed. That is one of the primary reasons that LaRouche is warning that we could be only days or weeks away from thermonuclear extinction. A fact sheet prepared by EIR (and published in last week's issue) was widely circulated in U.S. government circles, including Congress and the Pentagon, and in European capitals.

Secretary of State John Kerry clearly had the threat of nuclear war on his mind, during the start of his speech at the annual Munich Security Conference Feb. 1. Kerry recalled that, as a child of the Cold War, he still has vivid memories as a school boy of air-raid drills for possible nuclear war. Despite that, Kerry has toed the Obama line in pushing for Ukraine to be dragged into the alliance with the European Union, even though such an agreement would wreck the Ukrainian economy. Late last week, an audio tape of a conversation between Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt made clear that Washington is plotting to overthrow Yanukovych and install a hand-picked group of opposition leaders in power. Just before the tape was leaked, Nuland was in Kiev, meeting openly with opposition leaders—including the head of the avowed Banderist Svoboda Party—just before meeting with President Yanukovych. Nuland is the wife of a noted neoconservative Robert Kagan, and she has her own credentials as a leading "humanitarian interventionist."

The Ukraine events have reached a point of explosion at precisely the moment that President Putin is distracted by the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia—on the eastern shore of the Black Sea, in the Caucasus region where Anglo-Saudi-backed Chechen and other terrorists are threatening to launch asymmetric warfare attacks. A number of U.S. Navy warships are present in the Black Sea, ostensibly to respond to any attacks on American participants in the Olympics. While U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey has maintained continuous communication with Russian counterparts to coordinate security assistance, the presence of the American Navy in the context of the Obama Administration behavior in Ukraine adds further fuel to the fire.

Hot Spots: Ukraine, Syria, North Korea

Ukraine is the hottest of the hotspots, but it is not the only one. While a second round of Geneva II talks will resume on Feb. 10, conditions on the ground in Syria grow worse by the day. The evidence of Saudi support for the jihadists of the ISIS and the al-Nusra Front has become so manifest, that on Feb. 3, King Abdullah issued a Royal Decree making it a crime for any Saudi to go abroad to fight or engage in terrorism. President Obama is now scheduled to visit the King in Riyadh in March.

The Syria crisis, now in its third year, will also impact heavily on the P5+1 talks with Iran, which are aimed at averting an otherwise certain military confrontation between the West and the Islamic Republic, which will also directly affect the strategic interests of Russia and China.

And in North Asia, following the execution in North Korea of the uncle of Supreme Leader Kim Jung-un, and the purging of factions that were closely tied to China, the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff are on alert for a provocation coming from the unpredictable DPRK regime. According to one senior U.S. intelligence source, Washington is bracing for North Korea to officially announce that it is a nuclear weapons state, an announcement that would trigger both South Korea and Japan to consider "going nuclear."

Later this month, the U.S. and South Korean militaries are scheduled to begin more than a month of joint manuevers. North Korea has made threats against those manuevers, and this has added to regional tensions. While the United States and China share a common interest in a de-nuclearized Korean peninsula, the uncertainty of the situation has been described by Adm. Harry Harris, the head of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, as the single greatest security threat in the region. A recent visit to Seoul, Tokyo, and Beijing by Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel was focused on pressing all three countries to back down from any potential conflict. At a press briefing following the trip, Russel linked the security crisis in the region to the global financial danger, warning that any escalation of tensions in the Pacific would have immediate and dangerous global repercussions.

LaRouche has made the point that, unless there is a fundamental change in direction, the prospects of general war—even thermonuclear war—are high. In effect, the world is already in a state of war, with the same pattern of simultaneous regional conflicts and crises as was the case between 1890-1914, on the eve of the formal outbreak of World War I. But today, the three major world powers—the United States, Russia, and China—are armed with overkill arsenals of thermonuclear weapons, many forward-based on submarines. A single launch or appearance of a launch of a nuclear weapon, in this hyper-charged climate, could lead to a massive retaliatory strike, leading to mass extinction in a matter of hours and days.

Only Viable Option: Obama Out

It is because of this crisis that the removal of President Obama is the only viable option to assure that no such war breaks out in the immediate days ahead. Obama is a tool of the British Empire forces, and as such, is a menace to the survival of mankind. As LaRouche described it, "Obama is the glove concealing the British finger" on the American nuclear trigger. By removing Obama and immediately reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act, ending the bailout of Wall Street and London's unpayable gambling debts, the power of the Anglo-Dutch oligarchy to start a world war can be instantly ended. That, in LaRouche's words, is strategic war-avoidance. The best efforts from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other patriotic factions to push back against the war party in the Obama Administration and Congress, while successful to date, are not sufficient to stop the imminent threat of thermonuclear extinction. Only Obama's Constitutional removal stops the clock.

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