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Ukraine, and the ‘Ibykus Principle’

July 29, 2022 (EIRNS)—On Thursday, July 28, a group of independent-minded writers, journalists and thinkers, most of them former participants in symposia organized by the Schiller Institute, began circulating the following response to an operation, launched by the multiple intelligence agencies of NATO, to discredit them and prevent their exposure of the true nature of the so-called “Ukraine conflict.” That statement reads:

“We, the participants in various conferences of the Schiller Institute, are accused of promoting ‘Russian propaganda’ on a list posted by the Ukrainian ‘Center for Countering Disinformation,’ which is officially part of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, operating under the authority of the President.

“In times of war, publishing such a list is tantamount to targeting individuals. It is all the more unacceptable that the list agglomerates the names of many speakers, representing top institutions from around the globe, with diverse opinions, who are involved in a dialogue, searching to arrive at peace in the interest of all.

“To assume that such a wide array of speakers are all ‘Putin agents’ and can’t think for themselves, can only be explained by a belief in conspiracy theories, or as mere vulgar propaganda, or both. The key question is whether the listed speakers are promoting viewpoints consonant with the truth.

“Normally, this would be up to an audience to decide. But the U.S./NATO efforts to blacklist those that would offer any ‘alternative narrative’ on Ukraine, until now, remains unchallenged.

“So, hats off to Ukraine for providing a handy list of speakers who voice different ideas.

“Those interested in finding out the truth will now be better able to compare the official story—the ‘narrative’—with an uncompromised critique, determine which can bear close scrutiny, and decide for themselves which analysis is closer to the truth.”

Many of those who appeared on the “Ukrainian blacklist” have endorsed this statement, and other names are now being added.

Ukraine’s destruction, an ugly affair that began with the “Project Democracy” illegal, criminal overthrow of the democratically elected government of Ukraine, directly managed by the United States State Department’s Victoria Nuland in February of 2014, is staged in two senses. First, Ukraine is one step in a larger, criminal process, spoken of by Britain’s Prince Charles at the COP26 Hallowe’en ghoul-fest in November of last year, of destroying national governments and national sovereignty in the name of “saving the planet.” In Glasgow, Charles had proclaimed: “Here is needed a vast military-style campaign to marshal the strength of the global private sector. With trillions at its disposal, far beyond global GDP, and with the greatest respect, beyond even the governments of the world’s leaders, it offers the only real prospect of achieving fundamental economic transition.” Therefore, Ukraine, “in Her Majesty’s Service,” has been selected to be used as the “front line” in this global restructuring as a means to “jump-start,” the Malthusian mass-depopulation of the globe.

Two of the Four Horsemen—war and famine, the latter affecting literally millions throughout the world—were being widely spread through that conflict, until last week’s Black Sea Agreement in Istanbul, Turkey. That food export agreement represented, as UN Secretary General Guterres said, “a beacon on the Black Sea, a beacon of hope, a beacon of possibility, of relief in a world that needs it more than ever.” Only days before, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, in the first sentence of her statement, “Lift Sanctions Against Russia Immediately!” said: “Only a fool can’t see it: The sanctions against Russia only harm Russia marginally, but they threaten to permanently destroy entire key areas of industry and agriculture in Germany and all of Europe!”

Those that are fighting to shut the Ukraine war down, to shut the sanctions down, and to create an ad hoc committee that promotes a new, just economic system, combining the aspirations of the 1955 Bandung Conference with the FDR’s original aspirations for the 1944 Bretton Woods process, have a vision for a real future for humanity. They are the natural enemies of the British Foreign Office’s “junior partners,” the Allen Dulles/John Foster Dulles-oriented American State Departments of the post-FDR era. It is this “special relationship” of the U.S. and Great Britain that has been responsible for overthrowing scores of the world’s governments, and for involving the United States in useless, counterproductive wars for the past seven decades. And specifically, with respect to the Schiller Institute, we now know that on July 14, the day of the issuance of the Ukrainian blacklist including 30 participants at our previous conferences, Andriy Shapovalov, head of the Center for Countering Disinformation, spoke at a conference where he termed those opposing the accepted “Ukraine narrative” with the truth to be “information terrorists.”

On that occasion, Shapovalov said, “Information terrorists should know that they will have to answer to the law as war criminals.” Organizations present for this speech included the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF Global Ukraine), the NGO “International Academy of Information” and the “National Cyber Security Cluster.” The event was held with the support of the U.S. State Department.

The State Department involvement poses an interesting question, especially considering the implicit threats issued against not only American citizens, but American candidates for elective office as well, namely Diane Sare and Geoff Young. As Scott Ritter points out in his open letter to Senators Chuck Schumer and Christine Gillibrand, and Rep. Paul Tonko, “on July 12, 2022, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) issued a press release in which it announced that $1.7 billion in direct budgetary aid was provided to Ukraine under Public Law 117-128, which allowed the Government of Ukraine, among other things, to pay the salaries of Ukrainian civil servants. This would logically include the salaries of the employees of the Ukrainian Center for Countering Disinformation.

“As a constituent whose name has appeared on a so-called ‘blacklist’ published by the Ukrainian Center for Countering Disinformation, my personal and professional life has been, and continues to be, detrimentally impacted by the chilling effect of being labeled a ‘Russian propagandist’ for simply exercising the right to free speech guaranteed by the United States Constitution. Moreover, Ukraine has a history of converting ‘blacklists’ of this nature into ‘kill lists,’ where those who speak out against the policies of the Ukrainian government are being murdered or threatened with violence. I am certain you agree with me that Congress cannot be in a position where, through its actions, foreign governments are provided the means to intimidate citizens of the United States from exercising their Constitutionally protected rights regarding free speech.”

This is no time to remain “an average person” to idly stand by as these crimes are committed in the name of “democracy,” and in the name of the United States—in your name. This is no time for those who know better, to squat and pretend that they are simply “the average person.” There is a way to both know the truth, and to fight for it. As economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche asked, in his document “The Science of the Human Mind”: “How is universal truth defined with certainty, and what are the human mind’s potentialities for ordered progress in discovering this universal truth?” [Emphasis in original.]

LaRouche’s life and work were the answer to that question. It was perhaps inevitable, that in this 100th anniversary-year of the birth of Lyndon LaRouche, the cranes of justice would once again circle above the heads of a world polity, and, as with the poet Ibykus, compel those that are now responsible for the greatest of crimes being committed against humanity, to unexpectedly speak his name, and thus, despite their intent, admit their nature, and their guilt.

FLASH! An NBC News article was posted tonight with the following title and sub-head: “Russian Operative Used U.S. Activist Groups To Spread Propaganda, Feds Say... Aleksandr Viktorovich Ionov also worked to interfere in U.S. elections and undermine support for Ukraine, the Department of Justice said in an indictment.” “It did not identify the U.S.-based groups. But shortly after the Ionov indictment was announced, the FBI in Tampa confirmed to local media it had raided headquarters of the Uhuru Movement in St. Petersburg, Florida, in connection with the alleged conspiracy.”

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