EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR SUNDAY, MAY 16, 2021
Your Life, and Mankind’s Existence, Depend on Global Mobilization for Modern Health Facilities in Every Nation
May 15, 2021 (EIRNS)—There have been other moments like the current one in the history of Western civilization.
In the 1330s, Europe fell into general warfare, and within a decade the Black Death, Bubonic Plague, swept through the entire region, wiping out 20 million people, one-third of the population—and yet the wars raged on.
In 1914, the nations of Europe had formed into blocs, threatening each other with war, but not expecting war to break out. Of course, it did, and another 20 million souls were needlessly sacrificed to Mars, the God of War. Although the war was ending in 1918, yet another plague, the so-called Spanish Flu, broke out among the soldiers and the immiserated civilians among the wreckage of war, and soon 500 million people—one-third of the world’s population—became infected with the virus, with 50 million dead worldwide.
Are we walking, morally self-blindfolded, into yet another world war, this time with a deadly pandemic already in progress, brought on by decades of “little” wars and economic decay? Why did the populations of the 1330s and 1914 not foresee the horror of the wars and pandemics they were about to endure? You must ask yourself that question, and more importantly, reflect on your own actions, or non-actions, in the face of the crisis today.
The Schiller Institute Chairwoman Helga Zepp-LaRouche and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders initiated the Committee on the Coincidence of Opposites in June 2020, to address the global strategic and social crisis. The Committee released an emergency call on May 14, to all peoples and all nations, titled: “Global Health Security Requires Medical Infrastructure in Every Country—Major Industrial Nations Must Collaborate Now!” The call presents a picture of the drastic situation facing civilization today, stating: “our response to the pandemic, seen in these terms, is a question of existential importance to the human species. It requires the cooperation of all major industrialized nations. A new paradigm of coordination among the United States, China, Russia and others is central.”
It is no hyperbole to declare this an existential crisis. Again, ask yourself, what should the people of 1330 and 2014 have done, and what must you do today? This is not a question of charity. It is not hand-outs, even food and medicine hand-outs—as desperately as that is needed—which can stop the onrushing holocaust. Decades—nay, centuries—of neglect of major portions of the human race, the looting of their resources by the colonial powers, the artificial debt slavery in the neo-colonial IMF/World Bank era, and now the endless regime change wars and sanctions imposed by decaying trans-Atlantic powers, frantically trying to prevent the emergence of China as a modern nation while demonizing Russia, accusing them both of “aggression” when they exercise their military forces within their own boundaries, while surrounded by nuclear armed, hostile forces from nations thousands of miles away.
Consider that the Director of the U.S. State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom, Daniel Nadel, this week declared that the Chinese government had turned the entire region of Xinjiang into an “open-air prison.” Of course, all people of Xinjiang are free to come and go from Xinjiang, visitors from anywhere in the world are welcome. The Muslim people there have more mosques per capita than any other region in the world, while abject poverty has been eliminated. Compare that to Gaza, whose 2 million people, Muslims and Christians, have truly been held in an open-air prison, blockaded on all sides, lacking in electricity, food, and clean water for years, and now being bombarded daily, even high rise apartment buildings being demolished by bombs from a modern air force, leaving thousands dead or injured and many thousands homeless. The health system was already crushed by COVID-19, and is now unable to care for the wounded. The President and the Secretary of State of the United States commented only that “Israel has a right to self-defense.” What rung of Dante’s Inferno do such rulers have to look forward to?
Circulate the call from the Committee on the Coincidence of Opposites linked here to everyone you know, to your political representatives, to your unions and businesses. Without a modern health care system in every country, millions more will die, while the mutations which emerge from the uncontrolled spread, as in India today and Africa tomorrow, will render the vaccines being hoarded in the U.S. ineffective. Building a modern health system in every country will require massive supplies of energy—precisely what the genocidal Green New Deal intends to prevent. It will require clean water sources and modern transportation. Only if the world’s leading nations come together, doing away with British imperial geopolitics once and for all, can such a massive new Renaissance come about. The alternative is unthinkable.