EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR FRIDAY NOVEMBER 18, 2022
Do Your Neighbors Realize How Close the World Came to Nuclear Annihilation This Past Tuesday?
Nov. 17, 2022 (EIRNS)—Schiller Institute founder and leader Helga Zepp-LaRouche issued a clarion call in her webcast dialogue with Harley Schlanger today for everyone to study how the missile landing in Poland and killing two people was used by many mainstream media and Western politicians to call for NATO to immediately declare war against Russia—before any investigation at all had been carried out! This shows how rapidly, whether “because of stupidity, provocations, overreactions, a combination of all of these, we can go into a situation where you have a full-fledged NATO-Russia confrontation, because that’s what was on the verge of happening,” she said.
So-called journalists like British intelligence and Atlantic Council asset Anne Applebaum asserted in The Atlantic that “the precise chain of events doesn’t matter” in Poland; whether it was from a Ukrainian anti-missile defense barrage or a Russian targeting mistake, Russia is the real cause! German Bundestag members from the Free Democratic Party such as Defense Committee Chairwoman Marie Agnes Strack-Zimmermann and Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, like U.S. Democratic Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez and his fellow Democrat Sen. Chris Coons, stood out among those tough-talking politicians who shot their mouths off, blaming Russia and talking up the possibility for a NATO-Russia military confrontation, without even asking, “do we have the evidence, has it been verified? Do we know?” Or considering the monstrous calamity to which such a confrontation would most likely lead.
Some sane people, such as, for once, the President of the United States, did not rush forward, and even the preliminary investigation determined that the missile was fired by Ukrainian forces and landed in Poland, whether in a defective defense surface-to-air missile, as NATO leaders now say, or, possibly, as a direct provocation. So, for the moment, NATO appears “only” to be using this incident to pour even more advanced heavy weapons systems into Ukraine, and to moot the possibility of setting up a no-fly zone over all or part of Ukraine. Nuclear war did not break out—this time.
“This has to be analyzed, because it just shows you at times of accidental events, how things can go wrong, if we do not move in a different direction and develop a security architecture, where such potential annihilation of mankind can be prevented. This should really be the warning shot for anybody, who is not a complete moron, that we definitely need to go in the direction of what the Schiller Institute has been saying since April of this year, that we do need a new international security and development architecture, which takes into account the interests of every single country on the planet, based on the principles of the Peace of Westphalia.”
The great majority of humanity is already discussing how to shape such an architecture. Zepp-LaRouche bluntly posed our task today as getting the so-called industrial countries to listen, and “come down from their high horse and they should not think they are so superior to everybody else,” since that, in any case, is no longer accepted.
Life in EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell’s “garden” is proving unlivable. Britain’s Office of Budget Responsibility announced today it projects British living standards will fall by over 7% in the next two years. That forecast follows upon the European Central Bank’s report earlier this week that Europe faces a financial and economic collapse. The divide between the peoples and the governments of the West will only grow.
The “Honeckers of the neoliberal system” reigning in Brussels, the von der Leyens, Lagardes and Borrells, will have to be driven out of office, Zepp-LaRouche proposed. There is no solution within their system.
In her webcast Mrs. LaRouche again urged citizens from around the world to join the discussion with leaders committed to the Common Good, which the Schiller Institute will hold next Tuesday, Nov. 22, in order to qualify themselves to build the required new architecture of security and development. The conference’s purpose is outlined simply in the letter issued this week by a sitting Congressman and former Congresswoman from Mexico:
“We call on you, current and former legislators of the world, to join this effort that we have launched, in order to urge all world citizens to also unite to create a new international security and development architecture, which respects the security interests of all nations and which guarantees the right to welfare and economic development of all people on the planet. As Congressman Robles Montoya stated in the seminar we held on October 27, I would like to submit for your consideration the formation of a group of legislators who represent everyone on all continents, if possible of all nationalities, to go dialogue directly with the governments of every country interested in world peace.’
“We will hold a third international seminar on November 22, whose purpose is to continue the process of deliberation and search for peaceful solutions, including a thorough examination of the alternative economic policies to replace speculation, which has generated so much poverty and suffering, with a system of production and progress to meet the needs of a growing world population.
“As we state in our Declaration, ‘The common good of the One Humanity is the obligatory premise for the good of each and every nation.’ ”