EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2022
Making a Breakthrough for a New Security Architecture
Jan. 20, 2022 (EIRNS)—Today could prove to be a fateful day for history as U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov meet to discuss the security proposals Russia formally introduced in writing on Dec. 15, just over one month ago.
Speaking to an audience in Germany today, Blinken said, “I don’t expect a breakthrough.” But a breakthrough is what is needed to pull humanity back from the brink of nuclear war.
In the United States, former member of Congress and presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard denounced the White House and Congress—on both sides of the aisle—for hiding from Americans the immense danger of ongoing provocations against Russia. Tucker Carlson interviewed a guest who warned that the “U.S. is sleepwalking towards conflict” with the other biggest nuclear power on the planet.
Meanwhile, the U.S. legacy media are in overdrive mode to demonize Russia (while still keeping the pressure on China). They claim that nothing less than democracy and goodness itself are at stake, and that only an enormous display of anti-Russian might can save all that is good in the world from the Russian menace.
Time is running short to avert catastrophe.
The U.S. has participated in tyrannical overreach around the world—20 years in Afghanistan, the murderous Iraq War, the murder of Qaddafi and consequent chaos in Libya, the destruction of Syria, and the 2014 coup in Ukraine that has been being used to demonize Russia. Such tyranny in the name of democracy knows no shame.
And that same tyrannical overreach is increasingly occurring domestically. The failed vote on ending the filibuster for a partisan voting bill was intended not to secure that bill’s passage. Its purpose is more aligned with the declaration that domestic terrorists—that is, people with unorthodox opinions—must be denied rights. It is of a piece with the spreading censorship of non-Atlanticist views on social media.
Do you oppose war with Russia? You must be in Putin’s pocket. In fact, you should be prosecuted for treason. Do you oppose war with China? A Chinese Communist Party spy must have gotten to you. Do you support affordable energy capable of powering a growing human population at higher standards of living? You are supporting ecocide, and should be tried for your crimes. Have you revealed inconvenient truths? Ask Julian Assange how the British Empire and U.S. treat practitioners of press freedom—a virtue they hypocritically claim to promote around the world.
A new security architecture is needed, one that both ends attempts at unipolar hegemony, and that recognizes that peace is not merely the absence of conflict. What are to be the economic, social, and scientific-technological contours of that peace?
Whatever may be presented as the outcome of today’s Blinken-Lavrov discussions, the world needs the analysis and direction of The LaRouche Organization and the Schiller Institute—to be presented at an event on Jan. 22, “Can War with Russia Still Be Averted?”
Learn more on Jan. 22 at 11 a.m. PT, 2 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CET, on schillerinstitute.com.