EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 9, 2022
These Next Few Weeks May Determine Whether Mankind Will Survive
Jan. 8, 2022 (EIRNS)—The following is transcribed from a presentation on The LaRouche Organization’s regular Saturday “Manhattan Project meeting” dialogue, with guest Harley Schlanger.
Harley Schlanger: We’re in the midst of one of these periods where, sometime in the future, if we make it, we can look back and say that these were the months and weeks when it was determined whether or not mankind would survive. The drive for war continues at an accelerated rate, but there have been some changes, some things that are factoring in that could change that. It was about ten days ago that an unnamed, anonymous source—probably Jake Sullivan, the Director of National Intelligence, or someone on that level—warned that we have about four weeks before Russia would invade Ukraine. That’s a period of time in which something has to change. Of course, then Sullivan, Blinken, and various spokesmen for the war hawk faction were saying Russia had to withdraw troops. Withdraw troops from where? From Russia? Because that’s where the Russian troops were....
But we do know that there’s a fear, a fear that the Russians and the Chinese have outflanked the trans-Atlantic countries. This was presented in an article in the Wall Street Journal this last week. Several different people involved in Homeland Security made a similar statement. They said, look the Russia-China relationship is very worrying. This shifts the military balance. They went so far as to say that maybe the United States should be less hard on Russia, to try and pull Russia away from China.
It shows one thing, which is that geopolitical thinking clouds their judgment. Because in their minds, the only basis of a Russia-China coalition or alliance would be military; ignoring completely the real impetus behind a Russia-China relationship, which is Eurasian economic integration. So, the geopoliticians have to come up with another option, and I think we saw that unfolding at the beginning of this week in Kazakhstan. We’re still doing an investigation, because there’s a lot to look at on this. But there are a couple of things that are evident from the start. The uprising, or the rioting we should say, in Kazakhstan was planned in advance. It had outside intervention.
Here’s something to take into consideration. In 2019, the RAND Corporation, which is a major part of the military-industrial complex, put out a report called “Extending Russia; Competing from Advantageous Ground”. What they said is that the United States must act in a way to unbalance the adversary; cause Russia to over-extend itself militarily or economically.... They offered a six-point plan. First, lethal aid to Ukraine. Use Ukraine as a battleship against Russia; as a destabilizing influence on Russia. Two, increase support to Syrian rebels. This shows what we have said all along, that the U.S. strategy in Syria was to overthrow the government of Assad using support of what was ultimately ISIS and al-Qaeda. Three, promote regime change in Belarus. This is underway. Not successful so far, but it’s continuing. Four, exploit tensions in the South Caucasus. That in particular would mean Armenia and Azerbaijan. They had a brief shooting war not that long ago; it’s still very unstable there, and they see that as a lever they can use against Russia. Their fifth point is to reduce Russian influence in Central Asia. The most important of these countries in Central Asia is Kazakhstan. It’s part of the CSTO [Collective Security Treaty Organization] military-security alliance that exists there. It’s also where the Russian space launch pad is, in Baikonur. It’s a relatively important oil-producing center....
Interestingly, the person who is taking credit for this, Mukhtar Ablyazov, who was briefly the Kazakh energy minister, and then a banker, fled the country I think in 2004. Where did he go? He went to London. He’s now operating out of Paris, but his political party is based in Kiev. You put that all together, and you see the elements of Soros, the NGOs. I’m sure the U.S. is playing a role in this, because the idea of destabilizing Kazakhstan at the same time as the Ukraine crisis, is to force the Russians to have to divert resources and attention from these meetings coming up. The U.S.-Russian Strategic Stability Dialogue on the 10th; the Russia-NATO Council on the 12th of January; and the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) meeting on the 13th. With the possibility that there could be improvements toward de-escalating the situation in Ukraine. The ideal time to launch a further destabilization on Russia’s largest border....
The underlying cause of all of this is the collapse of the trans-Atlantic system. The fact that the banking system, which is integrally tied to the military-industrial complex and to the strategic intelligence policy of the Western powers, is collapsing. It’s collapsing at an accelerating rate, with inflation; with pandemic disease, which is not being stopped because we don’t have the health care facilities because of the privatization and the neo-liberal policies that tore down public health in the advanced sector economies; with the Green New Deal; the fact that we have energy shortages, we have higher priced energy. As a result, when you add to that the narratives that create polarization, the identity politics that literally create a war of each against all, so that people are driven to despair trying to make sure they have enough beef jerky and bullets and gold bullion and Viagra in their basement to survive a prolonged civil war. That’s the situation politically that we have in the United States, and you can see it around the two sides sniping at each other over the January 6th activities.
Under these circumstances, how do you find your way out? This is where you can’t simply point out how bad your opponents are; you need solutions. That’s why 2022 has been declared by Helga Zepp-LaRouche as the “Year of Lyndon LaRouche.” The 100th anniversary of his birth, and a celebration of the ideas, the richness of his interventions to present alternatives including the alternatives needed to overcome the disastrous collapse of the physical economy, going back to his banking reform proposal a new Glass-Steagall and a Hamiltonian credit bank, investment in new platforms of infrastructure, and investment in research and development at the frontiers of science. This is what should be on the agenda ultimately in the dialogue between Western countries and Russia, and Western countries and China. This is on the agenda in Russia and China. In the West, the agenda is the Green New Deal and the Great Reset, which, if they are successfully implemented, will create more of an impulse toward war than we already have.
So, in reviewing this situation, it’s important to know who’s responsible and what their policies are. But just as important, and probably even more so, is to look at the solutions. In particular, the change in culture. It’s not enough just to say the other side has bad culture. The whole culture of the Western world is terrible. If monkeys could talk, they’d ask how human beings descended so low. But that’s why the other aspect of the LaRouche Year is Classical culture.