|This editorial appears in the June 6, 2008 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.
FDR and Food
In the midst of the Great War against Hitler, between May 18 and June 3 of 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt convened what was the first meeting of the United Nations, to deal with an existential question for all mankindfood. The United Nations Food Conference brought together 44 nations at Hot Springs, Virginia, with a mandate to devise a common course of action to attain "freedom from want," adequate food for the world's people.
In his June 7 speech to the delegates, at the conclusion of the meeting, FDR outlined the mission:
It is from this meeting that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations was formed, launched with great hope. But, within two years, President Roosevelt was dead, and the vision which he had so passionately put forward was beginning to be systematically undermined. Twenty years later, that vision was revived by President John F. Kennedy, who founded the Food for Peace organization and vowed "to outlaw hunger," but his dream all but died with him.
Today, in the midst of a famine crisis beyond all imagining, governments once again have the responsibility to take up FDR's mission. We have seen extraordinary moves in that direction from the new Eurasian security alliance of Russia, China, and India (RIC), as they grapple with their own sense of responsibility for the world crisis, not just their own backyards. The initiative from Japan on the eve of the summit may not have been directly coordinated with the RIC grouping, but it expresses the same sense of commitment to defeat the British Empire's dominant diktat of Malthusianism and free trade.
What is missing is the vital role of the United Statesthe energy and leadership of a new FDR, who will join with the Eurasian alliance in creating a world free from want and fear.
The stakes today are even higher than they were in 1943. A British-run financial oligarchy demands that markets reign, and people starve, and have brainwashed much of the world to follow their lead. Their success would lead to world depopulation through famine and war. To defeat them, will require a total war for humanity, along the same principles enunciated by FDR. Will you act to ensure it happens?