EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2021
Steering Past Scylla and Charybdis
May 5, 2021 (EIRNS)—The world is careening, nearly out of control, towards the twin deadly dangers of nuclear war between superpowers, and a systemic economic breakdown crisis which threatens to sweep away millions upon millions of human beings, or even swallow up entire nations in the maelstrom.
Biden’s Secretary of State Tony Blinken arrived in Ukraine today to prod and jack up that nation into a confrontation with Russia. He was accompanied by none other than Victoria Nuland, the hands-on operative who oversaw the 2014 Nazi coup in Ukraine on behalf of the Obama administration and the British.
Before that, Blinken was at the G7 meeting in London May 3-5, where he tried to bludgeon Europe with a simple message: Thou shalt not cooperate with China, or else. He reserved special venom for the Belt and Road Initiative, which the State Department denounced as “economic coercion” which “compromises the sovereignty of those countries”—when in fact it is those nations’ only hope of survival in the middle of a physical economic breakdown crisis.
If you want to know what systemic economic breakdown looks like “on the ground,” take India, which is being torn asunder by the COVID pandemic unleashed by 50 years of international economic policies of looting and speculation. There are officially 20 million COVID cases and over 222,000 COVID deaths in that nation of 1.4 billion people. But sober Indian sources in the medical community estimate the actual death toll to be 5-10 times greater—i.e., between 1 and 2 million Indians have already died of COVID. And it is spreading like wildfire, completely overwhelming the country’s medical system. New variants of the virus are reported to be appearing with such rapidity that they are outpacing the ability of vaccination to contain the firestorm.
Is this “India’s problem”? Half of the planet’s new COVID cases and a quarter of the COVID deaths are now happening in India, population 1.4 billion. The head of the Africa CDC a few days ago expressed his grave concern, both because of what was happening to India and also because India has been the major exporter of vaccines to the continent of Africa—exports which will now cease almost entirely. Africa’s population is over 1.2 billion. And in Brazil—population 211 million, out of Latin America’s 650 million—the pandemic is almost as badly out of control as in India.
And yet, with this gravest of existential threats facing humanity, the British Empire and its Wall Street and City of London financial hitmen—the very forces responsible for the COVID catastrophe—are accelerating their drive for a Green New Deal and a Global Reset. At every opportunity, they are demanding earlier and earlier deadlines to meet their so-called carbon net zero goals, a form of green insanity that will predictably bring about the deaths of hundreds of millions of people.
“This is beyond an economic breakdown,” Helga Zepp-LaRouche commented yesterday. “This form of collective suicide reflects the mass breakdown of reason itself, and we have to take the gloves off to stop this Malthusian insanity.”
The pandemic, the war danger, the economic breakdown can all be stopped and reversed; but it will require an international mobilization of all nations and political forces on the planet to do so, with a programmatic focus long specified by Lyndon LaRouche.
Interested in being part of that historic process? Participate in the Schiller Institute international conference, “The Moral Collapse of the Trans-Atlantic World Cries Out for a New Paradigm,” this Saturday, May 8, beginning at 9 a.m. EDT.