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A Turning Point in History: A Great Tragedy or an Unprecedented Success

March 20, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—Will former U.S. President Donald Trump be arrested today? Will Presidents Xi and Putin succeed in achieving a negotiated peace in Ukraine? Will the U.S.-U.K.-NATO geopolitical establishment that proposes destroying Taiwan’s economy if Beijing takes control of the island, be swept from the halls of power?

The most important question: What will you do today, and qualify yourself to do tomorrow?

Lyndon LaRouche opened his address to a Schiller Institute conference in Bad Schwalbach, Germany on March 21, 2003, the morning after the murderous U.S.-U.K. war on Iraq began: “There is a combination of farce and tragedy in progress in Washington, D.C. It’s a kind of Shakespearean farce, in which the President is playing the role of King Lear, and the Vice President that of Lady Macbeth. But this is a very serious matter. Sometimes fools will do what others will not do, and sometimes, he who wishes to have a great crime committed, finds a fool to do it, because he won’t shrink from it, because he doesn’t know any better. Like this poor President, who sincerely does not know what he’s doing. Has no idea what the reality is, in which he’s operating.

“What we have to understand is that, in this tragedy, as in all Classical tragedies, in all true tragedies in history, the root of disaster is not leaders of the people. It is not leading institutions. It is the people themselves, who bring disaster upon themselves, by selecting leaders, or by supporting leaders, who are the agents of that disaster. That’s what the Greek tragedy teaches. That’s what Shakespeare teaches. That’s what Schiller teaches. That’s truth.”

He warned that the conflict was not local:

“Now, there are some people who think that the war against Iraq, is a war against Iraq. It is not a war against Iraq. It is a war against the pretext of Iraq, to start a world war. The purpose behind this, is a world war, not an Iraq war....

“Therefore, we must stop it. This war is not inevitable. Its continuation is not inevitable. We must stop it. Those who say, let’s accept an inevitable war, and try to clean up afterward, are fools. There is no afterwards. There’s only a continuing war....

“China is one of the nations targeted by this war, which gives you some sense of what the dimensions are, what we’re up against.

“We must stop this war.”

Today the war threatens the entire globe, through the potential for thermonuclear escalation with Russia, China, or both!

But the collapse of the trans-Atlantic financial and intellectual system, which is driving the risk of nuclear war today as it drives the implosion of the financial system, has also helped to catalyze the creation of a new system. Helga Zepp-LaRouche explained to the same conference on March 22, 2003: “The only good news, in all of this, is that the alternative to the collapsing, old system is already coming together. The new alliance between ... Russia, China, India, Iran, and many other countries, who are uniting for the Eurasian Land-Bridge, is coming together. And, we are seeing now, a very advanced stage of something which Lyn predicted....”

As is demonstrated by a series of past and future diplomatic successes—from Saudi Arabia and Iran, to Syria and the U.A.E., to Brazil and China, to the D.R. Congo and Russia—a new paradigm is sweeping the globe. Will the “West” join it?

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