EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2022
Helga Zepp-LaRouche Explains Schiller Institute’s Concept for New Security and Development Architecture on CGTN
March 7, 2022 (EIRNS)—There are two distinctly different universes co-present in the world today. One is driven by geopolitics in its final stage of madness, incompetency, and destruction, and the other, a counter-pole committed to stability, centered on China, and potentially re-aligning many nations toward sound mutual development. This latter outlook was expressed today in a two hour international press conference given by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. It was held on the sidelines of the annual national legislative conference of China, attended by some 5,000 people conferring on policy.
Wang Yi called for “calm and rationality” when looking at the events in Ukraine, including the history and complexity of the situation. He sternly warned that there must be a stop to bloc politics anywhere, and no transfer of an “Asian NATO” into the Indo-Pacific region. Calling for an early negotiated settlement to the conflict in Ukraine, he listed China’s plans for humanitarian aid. He warned, there must be no new Cold War. China will continue to work with Russia as UN Security Council members, and in other ways, all under the principles of the UN Charter.
Wang reported that the Belt and Road Initiative has “maintained momentum,” enlisting 10 more nations in 2021 into its “family,” and now having a total of 118 in collaboration. He called for advancing the Global Development Initiative, which that Xi Jinping had introduced in the September UNGA, discussing as areas of focus health care, food, green development and employment, and means of partnering among nations, NGOs, and all who are willing to step up.
Within minutes of the speech, CGTN broadcast a live discussion on its “Dialogue” program, with a panel discussion of the press conference import, and the world situation, in which Schiller Institute President Helga Zepp-LaRouche described the need for an entirely new world security and development architecture, and the urgency to convoke a conference, and to discuss the content of this architecture and collaborative action. She appeared on the panel, with two other guests, who likewise stressed the urgency of setting a new course for the world, in particular to pull back from the danger of nuclear war.
Zepp-LaRouche said that China “taking a leadership role” is very important, and Minister Wang Yi’s presentation was a breath of fresh air. She presented the model of the Peace of Westphalia, which ended 150 years of warfare, as what can guide us today, in which we should “convoke an international conference to take care of the security interests of every single country in the world.” Zepp-LaRouche spelled out what should be the “content” of the deliberation and action: a modern health care system in every nation, defeating famine, and other urgent tasks.
Zepp-LaRouche spoke of bringing this content into collaborative action with ongoing groups. She made reference to Wang Yi having recently put forward the idea that the Belt and Road Initiative could collaborate with the Build Back Better plan put forward by the United States and others of the G7. Zepp-LaRouche said, why not have the BRI, the Build Back Better and the EU’s Global Gateway address the world’s problems jointly—hunger, epidemics, poverty. She pointed out the ongoing role of the BRICS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the G20, and others of this kind.
What this necessitates is facing that the Western financial system has failed. Zepp-LaRouche discussed this, saying that we must create a new credit system. To sum up, Zepp-LaRouche said, “some of these points will be the test of humanity.”
Contrast this discussion with the crazed behavior among the self-exalted leaders of the U.S./U.K./NATO bloc—not just their lies and militarism about Ukraine, but also denials and lies about the worsening chaos in the basic means to life—fuel and food—for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Sanctions, bans and military threats have been thrown at Russia, which in recent times has accounted for a significant share of world oil, gas, fertilizer and food production, and other critical goods. For example, Russia has supplied 17% of the world’s natural gas and 12% of its oil in recent times. Now, suddenly, when these supplies are—surprise, surprise—not forthcoming, the very same U.S./U.K./NATO gang leaders who caused the chaos, are going wild with both more lies, and wild contingencies.
Look at fuel. Today the U.S. sent a delegation to Caracas, to seek lining up Venezuelan oil, which they had sanctioned and banned for years, trying to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Now the U.S.—champion of democracy—is courting his formerly spurned government with enticements of lifting sanctions. European and U.S. teams are likewise seeking to renew the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran, in hopes of more oil from that nation. A little problem is that Russia, too, is a signatory to the JCPOA, and won’t go along with crap. Localities face the prospect of mass energy cuts from Massachusetts (a Russian gas importer) to Germany.
On March 8, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is to deliver her emergency energy program, which is expected to be her signature pastiche of crazy talk about more wind power, more energy-efficient homes, and freezing in the dark for the sake of Western values, etc. Maybe she will bring back her 2021 proposal about burning a candle in an upturned flower pot, to take the chill off your frigid room.
The situation is out of control, but at the same time, closer than ever to a break-out point for sanity and morality. For those suffering and dying from the horrific, but preventable conditions of war, disease and starvation, let us dedicate our redoubled efforts now for a new security and development architecture in the interests of all.