EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 30, 2022
Backlash Brewing Against War Party Madness
Jan. 29, 2022 (EIRNS)—While the Biden cabinet continues to rant against an imagined Russian intention to invade Ukraine, and while Russia, China and Iran continue to be painted by European and American political and media pundits as evil villains out to destroy the freedom and prosperity of the Western world, there is a mounting backlash emerging against the madness from leading figures and average citizens as well.
Start with the lead story in every media outlet, every day and every hour, for the past two months: “Russia has amassed over 100,000 troops, tanks and related military hardware on the Ukraine border in preparation for an invasion, stealing freedom and democracy from the heroic Ukrainian people.”
But let’s hear what Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov has to say about this alleged existential danger: “The situation on the Ukrainian-Russia border at this time is no different from what it was in the spring of last year. Now there are no significant actions or phenomena,” TASS quoted him as saying. Even Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy told the U.S. to stop shouting that war is imminent, that it is a “mistake.”
But don’t make the mistake of concluding that this means there is no chance for a war between two nuclear powers, threatening civilization itself. As EIR Economics Editor Paul Gallagher proves in the current issue of EIR, the war is being driven by the onrushing collapse of the Western financial system (“The U.S.-NATO Hidden War Threat: The Green New Deal”), not by the imagined “aggression” by Russia, China or Iran.
Former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl, in a very polemical manner, ridiculed the war hysteria which is based on thin air: The war threat in Ukraine, she said, “is a picture that emerges but does not quite correspond to reality—it is a reality that the media have manufactured.... The British in particular are jumping into the breach,” while “more and more weapons and even troops from NATO countries” are being shipped into Ukraine, despite the mass destruction that would hit all of Europe if war were to break out.
Now look at Iran, where the Biden Administration has refused to reverse the dangerous and imbecilic scrapping of the 2015 JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) nuclear agreement with Iran, which was abdicated by the Trump Administration in 2018. Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, the chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Forces from 2015 to 2019, told Al-Monitor that then-Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu had conspired with his Mossad chief to pressure the Trump Administration to scrap the Iran deal, without even consulting the Israeli military as to the consequences. Eizenkot not only asserted that the result was Iran’s expanded enrichment of uranium, bringing them closer to a nuclear weapon capacity, but that Iran had done so “with legitimacy,” since the JCPOA allowed them to do so when the U.S. broke its agreement.
The madness of the British and American threats and war preparations, said Schiller Institute President Helga Zepp-LaRouche today, are “no different in mentality than the troglodytes, killing their neighbors with stones—except now they have nuclear weapons.” The Anglo-American war party does not intend to “compete” in the new multipolar world, in which China and Russia are now “near peer” powers to the declining trans-Atlantic nations. Rather, they imagine that they can stop the rise of China and Russia through sabotage, financial warfare, and the hideous “sanctions” policies. A “senior administration official” who briefed the press on background on Jan. 25 regarding the intended sanctions to be imposed on Russia, did not hide this illegal and immoral fact: the intention, he said, is to “hit Putin’s strategic ambitions to industrialize his economy quite hard.” This is clearly also the policy toward China, where the Biden Administration has refused to drop the destructive sanctions imposed by the Trump Administration against Huawei and many other Chinese companies (in fact, the Biden team has increased such sanctions), using political means to sabotage the economic development of China. As Zepp-LaRouche observed, this is the exact opposite of the Peace of Westphalia, the foundation of the modern nation-state, in which sovereign nations respect the sovereignty of others.
But the backlash is growing. Americans, who have been drawn into manufactured debates over such things as vaccines, climate, and party politics, while the economy is exploding and the world is “sleepwalking into thermonuclear World War III,” increasingly recognize that the world is descending into chaos, and they are looking for answers. Those answers were always there, in the form of Lyndon LaRouche’s Four Laws, but were hidden from the population by the illegal prosecution of LaRouche and the blackout of his ideas, by the same corrupt institutions and individuals who brought us to this sorry state of affairs. The backlash demonstrates that this is a moment of great potential, of optimism rather than fear and anxiety, as the sleepwalkers are awakening to the danger, and need only be given the proper tools to bring the world together, to build the new paradigm for mankind.