EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2022
Doomsday Clock at 100 Seconds to Midnight: We Need New Security Architecture! ‘Nuclear War Cannot Be Won, Must Never Be Fought’
Feb. 6, 2022 (EIRNS)—The Schiller Institute will hold an international online conference on Saturday, Feb. 19 to reassert that very sane declaration by the five nuclear powers and permanent members of the UN Security Council, which they affirmed in a joint statement on Jan. 3 of this year; but also to present a solution to the current crisis: The establishment of a new security architecture that guarantees all nations the right to security, and to economic and cultural development. To do that, a dialogue about the causes and the cures of the current crisis is also urgent.
In the last week of January, the U.S. Strategic Command launched the Global Lightning 2022 exercise to test the readiness of U.S. nuclear forces under a nuclear war plan, operative since 2019, based on the assumption that the United States and NATO would be able to survive a nuclear first strike by Russia or China, then retaliate, absorb further attacks, retaliate again, etc., in an ongoing military confrontation.
President Vladimir Putin had announced Russia’s new nuclear weapons systems in 2018—including the Avangard hypersonic missile, the hypersonic cruise missile Kinzhal, nuclear-powered cruise missiles, fast underwater drones, and laser weapons—which was an enormous shock to the Western military establishment.
But President Putin was responding to the 2004-2014 color revolutions and so-called “humanitarian” wars against all governments who opposed having their own nations looted. The State Department’s $5 billion spent on NGOs in Ukraine alone is well known, which eventually became the Nazi Maidan coup of February 2014, on Russia’s very doorstep.
On Dec. 15, 2021, Putin presented two draft agreements to the United States and NATO, insisting that there be no further eastward expansion of NATO (especially into Ukraine), and no offensive weapon systems stationed on Russia’s borders. Given the lack of serious response so far, Putin has announced “military-technical measures” in the event of a definitive refusal.
One American expert has written that he thinks Russia’s “military-technical measures” may include deploying sea-launched hypersonic Zircon nuclear-armed cruise missiles off the coast of Washington, D.C., which Russian experts have previously said could destroy the American capital so quickly the President would not have time to board Air Force One to escape.
More and more people are waking up to the fact that there are only the proverbial hundred seconds before midnight left on the nuclear war clock.
To stop the clock, the causes of war must be addressed: 1) The hyperinflationary final phase of the trans-Atlantic neoliberal financial system; and 2) the deadly fantasy of the financial establishment in the City of London, Wall Street and Silicon Valley that they can imposed their “rules-based order” in a unipolar world forever.
The root causes trace back to the shift of August 1971, prophetically recognized by Lyndon LaRouche, when Nixon effectively ended the Bretton Woods system by abolishing fixed exchange rates and thus paving the way for speculative profit maximization. This caused the increasing shift away from investments in the productive physical economy and towards speculation in increasingly exotic derivative-based financial products, and now “shifting the trillions” into the Green New Deal.
From the standpoint of the physical economy, this policy of driving investments into industries with the lowest possible energy-flux density ultimately represents an extensive destruction of capital, just like investments in the military production of weapon systems.
Far too many people are confused about monetary values, as distinct from real wealth. They have bought into the illusion that the share values of listed companies say something about the productivity of the economy—which they do not.
Some more level-headed voices have spoken out in favor of a new pan-European security architecture including Russia and Ukraine, in a new Helsinki agreement. However, in view of the complexity of the world situation, the threat to world peace affecting all states, and the indivisibility of the security of all, it is necessary to go beyond Helsinki and create an international security architecture that encompasses the security interests of all states on Earth.
Just such a proposal is elaborated in a Feb. 5 article published by Schiller Institute founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche: “100 Seconds to Midnight on the Nuclear War Clock: We Need a New Security Architecture!” This architecture must be based on the principles of the Peace of Westphalia; that is, it must guarantee the interests of all states and, above all, their right to economic and cultural development. The maintenance of world peace requires a total and definitive renunciation of Malthusian politics, and requires universal access to the achievements of scientific and technological advance for all nations. This new order—the prerequisite for the survival of the human species—requires a new paradigm of thought that must draw upon the best classical traditions of all cultures at the highest humanist level.
Who can deny that we are an indivisible community of destiny?
We have a choice: Either we let the clock tick away until the last of the 100 seconds has struck, and then there will be no one left to comment on the result. Or we can remember that we are the only known creative species in the universe, and shape our common future together.