EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR FRIDAY AUGUST 4, 2023
August 6 and Sister Demonstrations To Stop Nuclear War—a Time of ‘Break-Out,’ Not Mere Events
Aug. 3, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—One of the speakers at the August 6 Humanity for Peace rally at the United Nations in New York, José Vega, of the Schiller Institute, said yesterday on the Jimmy Dore Show that we are seeing “one big ray of positivity” in the public response to activate and demonstrate to stop the drive to nuclear war. There are dozens of sister rallies, and contingency planning for actions in the coming weeks. He remarked that over past months, there were important personal “interventions” to publicly put individual figures on the spot for their backing for Global NATO’s warfare expansion, but that now there is a new phase of people stepping up to “get in on that action” together. “It has been loose and fluid” in the past period of interventions, but now, “this is the moment” in which people are all coming together.
Anastasia Battle, Co-Coordinator of the August 6 rally in New York City remarked today that understanding the truth about the crisis and necessity for action “is now being incorporated as their own idea” by more and more people. This is what is evident in how things are building for each of the events. Battle reported how people are telling her, “I’ve been waiting for something like this my whole life.” Battle said of the Sunday rally, “This is not just an event, this is a break-out.”
For one thing, millions of people can see for themselves, despite the info-wars narratives and opinion-manipulation, that money and resources are going for war and destruction when people are needlessly suffering and dying. We need new economic and security frameworks to serve nations and peoples. There are many glaring examples.
This point rang out this morning, even at the meeting of the UN Security Council on the world food crisis, when Russia’s First Deputy Permanent Representative Dmitry Polyanskiy asked how much food could you buy with the €165 billion spent by the West to arm Ukraine to make war?
The UNSC session was titled, “Famine and Conflict-Induced Global Food Insecurity,” convened by the U.S. and presided over by Secretary of State Antony Blinken. He, and especially the UN Ambassadors from the U.K. and France, used the proceedings to continue the Global NATO narrative that, “Russia is the cause of world hunger.” But they rang hollow. China’s UN Ambassador Zhang Jun denounced the nature of the world food and trade system, which for decades has served the interests of multinationals through monopoly control and price speculation, and took on the impact of sanctions and suppression of poor nations’ development. Chargé d’Affaires Polyanskiy named the infamous Big Four cartel transnationals: ADM, Bunge, Cargill, Louis-Dreyfus. As China’s Ambassador Zhang said, we must have a “a fairer and more reasonable international food trade order.”
Russian Chargé d’Affaires Polyanskiy turned away from the UNSC altogether, and addressed, as he said, the nations of Africa, listing exactly how much tonnage of grain Russia is sending to which countries, cost free. He reiterated Russia’s commitments to build schools, infrastructure, agriculture, and all economic sectors to contribute to African freedom. Pointing to the sanctions from the West, in particular those threatened against Niger by the EU and others, including stopping food and energy supplies, Polyanskiy asked,
“Another case is the threats by J. Borrell, as well as the leaders of Great Britain, France, and the United States that they would suspend assistance for Niger. Did people there stop starving overnight after the coup? Clearly, the West uses humanitarian assistance as a tool enabling “hand steering” of states that have to turn to this aid.”
Meantime, the danger worsens of triggering nuclear holocaust, as the zones and lines of conflict grow even hotter. For example, the firing of Ukrainian drones into Russia is now becoming “routine.” This is untenable. Last night six Ukraine drones were targeted at Kaluga in Russia, and recently there were two volleys of surface drones against Russian ships on the Black Sea.
Now is the moment for all to join in the mobilization to stop the madness. This evening in Britain/afternoon in the United States, an international Internet rally took place, hosted by No 2 NATO/No 2 War, chaired by Chris Williamson, of the Workers Party GB. Among the many speakers were Helga Zepp-LaRouche, for the Schiller Institute, and former President of Guyana, Donald Ramotar.
Attend and bring everyone to the August 6 demonstration at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza—the promenade to the UN, or one of the other actions. To repeat Anastasia Battle, “This is not an event. This is a breakout.