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Germany in Existential Danger: We Need To Change Course!

Nov. 6, 2022 (EIRNS)—Helga Zepp-LaRouche wrote the following lead article on Nov. 5 for the German weekly Neue Solidarität (in German) (No. 45, Nov. 10, 2022).

Germany is in acute danger in two respects: We are now losing just about everything that we built up in the economy over the decades since the Second World War, and we face the grave danger of becoming the theater of war in a global nuclear war. Far from having a government that seriously takes its oath of office to protect the German people from harm, the ruling coalition includes at least two ministers who actively support those policies that are clearly diametrically opposed to our country’s fundamental interests.

In the coming weeks and months, millions of people in Germany are threatened with poverty, hundreds of thousands of businesses will face bankruptcy. Vladimir Putin is not to blame for this, contrary to what the barrage in the mass media would have us believe, but rather the fact that Germany could become the country that suffers the greatest collateral damage from a geopolitical confrontation between the United States and the United Kingdom on the one hand, and Russia and China on the other. Ukraine in all this is but a pawn, that can be sacrificed.

In reality, China has achieved unprecedented economic growth in the last 40 years, with 850 million Chinese being freed from poverty—that is ten times more people than now live in Germany—and with the emergence of a well-to-do middle class of some 400 million, a figure which will soon hit 600 million, and thus be twice as large as the entire U.S. population. China’s rise was an inspiration for all of Asia and for the altogether 150 developing countries that are cooperating with China on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)—not because China has imperial ambitions, but because, for the first time, they have the chance to break out of the legacy of colonialism, poverty and underdevelopment.

In contrast, the “West” did not use the systemic crisis of 2008 to eliminate the underlying cause of it—the casino economy—but activated the printing press, and has since pumped many trillions in QE into the system, which, together with other factors such as the boomerang effect of the sanctions against Russia, has led to hyperinflation.

In other words, the neoliberal system is hopelessly bankrupt, and that is precisely why they consider China’s and the BRI system, which is based on real economic growth and the Belt and Road Initiative, a “systemic rival.”

Germany’s prosperity over recent decades has been based to a significant degree on cheap energy from Russia and a growing export market in China. If the complete break in relations with Russia were now followed by decoupling from China, as promoted by the U.S., the U.K. and their advocates in Germany, it would amount to the deindustrialization of the country.

Moreover, although one is hardly allowed now, on pain of imprisonment, to say that history did not begin on Feb. 24, it is not Putin who threatens to deploy nuclear weapons. Putin and the Russian government have merely confirmed Russia’s official nuclear doctrine, which provides for the use of nuclear weapons in the event that Russia’s territorial existence is threatened.

In contrast, according to the U.S. Arms Control Association, it is the Biden administration that has not fulfilled Biden’s 2020 pledge to make clear that the sole purpose of nuclear weapons is to deter a nuclear attack on the United States or its allies. Instead, it reaffirmed the Obama administration’s version of nuclear doctrine, which leaves it an open question whether nuclear weapons can be used not only in response to a nuclear attack, but also in response to non-nuclear threats.

As a result of this ambiguity, loose talk about the first use of nuclear weapons, such as by U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi or in an Oct. 27 article in the Council on Foreign Relations journal Foreign Affairs, has increased enormously. Under the headline, “Could America Win a New World War? What It Would Take To Defeat China and Russia,” the article argues for massive rearmament to enable the U.S. to wage war simultaneously in Europe and the Pacific.

On the same day, the Biden administration released the National Defense Strategy, which for the first time includes the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and the Missile Defense Review. This doctrine represents a significant change in U.S. policy on the first use of nuclear weapons, and it deliberately leaves open the question of when the U.S. would use nuclear weapons preemptively, including in response to a non-nuclear threat. That significantly lowers the threshold for nuclear war, according to nuclear disarmament expert Scott Ritter.

One typical example of the media’s non-stop manipulation: The day of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s visit to Beijing, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (in German) has a front-page lead with the headline: “Xi Opposes the Use of Nuclear Weapons” (as if this were news worth reporting) and then in the kicker: “Scholz in Beijing: Exert Influence on Russia,” giving the impression that Xi’s statement was directed against Russia at Scholz’s instigation.

The fact is that Russia has no doctrine for the preventive use of nuclear weapons, Xi certainly does not see Russia as a threat, and Scholz refused to send heavy weapons to Ukraine even before the famous “turning point” [by which he had designated the Feb. 24 special military operation of Ukraine], because he rightly feared an escalation to World War III. But virtually every news item in the media has been provided with such a “spin.”

In addition, the question remains of who sabotaged the Nord Stream pipelines. Remember that during Scholz’s visit to Washington in February, Biden emphatically stated that the U.S. had the ways and means to end these pipelines, a mantra repeated umpteen times by Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and various U.S. senators.

Now, the Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolay Patrushev has pointed to British authorship of this act of sabotage, and said that the relevant evidence had been turned over to the UN Security Council. British Ambassador to Moscow Deborah Bronnert was also summoned to the Foreign Ministry for the same purpose.

Similarly, the Russian government issued a statement laying out the role of the British military—with exact details on times and places—in training Ukrainian naval divers for the drone attack on the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Sevastopol, and stressing that such British actions signify an escalation that will lead to unpredictable and dangerous consequences.

So, where is the outcry in our “narrative obedient” media? Where are the demands from politicians for complete clarification as our British “allies” are responsible, if the socially vulnerable in Germany freeze and starve this autumn and winter, if the German economy is destroyed and we soon arrive at a point of no return in the war danger?

Instead of that, we are at the mercy of a government in which at least two ministers, as well as the U.S. Secretary of State Blinken, regard this situation as a welcome opportunity to impose American LNG gas on Germany, which is four times as expensive and will ruin consumers and businesses. But the Greens have always wanted to force people to reduce consumption by raising energy prices.

The current strategic confrontation is not one of “democracies” against “autocracies.” It is exclusively about the determination of the U.S. and the U.K. to assert their right to be the sole world power. To this end, they have launched a confrontation against Russia and China, in which Germany and all of Europe are in the gravest danger of being pulverized.

The real conflict is between the forces in the world that intend to maintain the worn-out concept of a unipolar, imperial and colonialist world order and the absolute majority of the nations of this world that are determined to overcome colonialism forever, to leave poverty and underdevelopment behind. These countries are in the process of building a completely new economic system with the BRICS, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the Eurasian Economic Union and other organizations of the Global South, which will enable survival and better living conditions for the people.

It is in Germany’s most fundamental interest to put an end to its economic suicide as vassals of a system that has no qualms about destroying our pipelines. We should rather orient ourselves toward productive cooperation with the nations of the Global South, playing a positive role in their development, and thus securing a future for Germany. It is high time to recall that in 1990, we also won our sovereignty with the peaceful reunification.

We are not experiencing a “turning point,” in which militarism triumphs again in Germany, but the change of an era worldwide, in which the developing countries take up the tradition of the Non-Aligned Movement and implement a new just world economic order together with Russia and China. Therein lies the future of Germany.

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