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LaRouche: "Their Arrogance Will Lead to Their Demise"

February 5, 2015

With suicidal mania, the British Empire is going for broke, both with its military confrontation policy against Russia and China, and with its insistence on the genocidal austerity policy epitomized by the Troika rape of Greece. Should these policies prevail, they will bring mankind to extinction, most likely through thermonuclear war.

Yesterday saw two dramatic developments in these areas.

First, you had the across-the-board hardline by the EU institutions against Greece, demanding they pay their debts no matter how many people it kills. But they were in effect turning their weapon on themselves. "Their arrogance will lead to their demise," commented Lyndon LaRouche.

And indeed, the response in Greece shows how this will be the case. There was an immediate explosion of the population, with more than 100,000 people hitting the streets, to insist that they will not kowtow to the austerity, and submit to blackmail. This is a ferment that will spread throughout Europe--as we have already seen in Ireland and Spain.

The European institutions have no credibility, LaRouche said. They are on thin ice. France cannot accept going along with these policies, with everything going in Spain, and the Swiss having already decoupled from the Euro. The European economy will collapse--there is no way they can win.

The second dramatic development was the announcement of the previously unscheduled visit of Hollande and Merkel to Kiev, and then Russia. There is widespread recognition, even in the German media, that the situation is beyond alarming, and that U.S. armament of the Ukrainians could lead to a major war in Europe. The only thing that keeps this policy going is pressure from the British and the U.S., LaRouche commented. Thus, "we are at the verge of World War III."

Thus, too, the need for decisive moves to undermine and destroy the Empire's chief tool, Obama.

In this context, the breakthrough to prominence of the issue of the classified 28 pages of the 9/11 report takes on strategic importance. Thanks to the untiring efforts of a small group of Congressmen, the families of the 9/11 victims, and the LaRouche movement, the Saudi Arabian role in the 9/11 atrocity on Feb. 5 was THE LEAD STORY of the major newspaper in the United States, The New York Times. The protection racket which has been run for the British Empire's satanic helpers in Saudi Arabia--by the Bushes, Obama, and the whole slew of their slimy collaborators--has been broken.

A similar process is overripe to happen in the crucial global strategic and economic arenas.

The fact is, the British Empire, and its stooge Obama, are acting from weakness. They cannot win a military confrontation with Russia--although everyone could lose.

Economically, the same reality applies. The institutions of the trans-Atlantic financial system are bankrupt, and increasingly challenged by the growing power of an alternative international system, that of the BRICS. The "hard line" of the ECB, the IMF, and others won't save them.

In fact, it is backfiring, threatening to accelerate the motion within Europe--and eventually the U.S.--toward a new sane economic order, which begins with Glass-Steagall, and a European-wide bankruptcy reorganization.

It is the adoption of that policy--epitomized in the New Silk Road and World Land-Bridge policies of the BRICS--which will actually finish off the Empire, and eliminate the threat of war. We've given the chief enemy of humanity a black eye on the 28 pages. What's needed is to drive a stake through the heart of the Devil, the British Empire, with the economic policies of survival.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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New York Times Features 28-pages as Lead Story

NYTimes Front Page Feb 5th, 2015

The battle to force disclosure of the secret 28 pages of the Congressional Inquiry into the 9/11 attacks, has reached new heights over the past 48 hours, culminating with the lead story in what is arguably the country's leading newspaper — the New York Times. The lead, upper right-hand story in yesterday's Times was entitled "Claims Against Saudis Cast New Light on Secret Pages of 9/11 Report."

It begins:

"A still-classified section of the investigation by congressional intelligence committees into the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks has taken on an almost mythic quality over the past 13 years—28 pages that examine crucial support given the hijackers and that by all accounts implicate prominent Saudis in financing terrorism."

Times reporter Carl Hulse (who attended the LaRouchePAC Jan. 7 Capitol Hill press conference on the 28 pages) writes that the new claims by Zacarias Moussaoui have brought renewed attention to the withheld section of the Congressional report, and then quotes Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) saying
"it is the right thing to do... Let's put it out there," and former Senator Bob Graham, who
"has repeatedly said that it shows Saudi Arabia was complicit in the Sept. 11 attacks." Obama's failure to follow through on his promise to declassify the 28 pages is highlighted by Bill Doyle, whose son was killed in the World Trade Center.

The Times then gives 9/11 Commission executive director Philip Zelikow a chance to argue against disclosure. To anyone familiar with the workings of the 9/11 Commission, Zelikow comes across as a blatant liar—claiming that the Commission fully investigated the leads about the Saudis and found no evidence that the Saudi government or senior Saudi officials funded Al Qaeda. In fact, Zelikow suppressed the 28-page section, firing one of its authors, who managed to access it after Zelikow had locked it up.

The Times then cites Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) saying that the Moussaoui claims could give momentum to the declassification drive; Jones reported that on Wednesday, he was approached on the House floor by members wanting to know how they can view the 28 pages.

The new chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), said he is skeptical of the value of releasing the 28 pages now, claiming that they are more of a "historical document"—a claim that was refuted by his predecessor, Sen. Graham, in the Jan. 7 press conference, when he said that they are as relevant as today's headlines (which was at the time of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris).

The Times notes that Democrats were much more aggressive in pushing for disclosure when George W. Bush was President, than they are now. But now, as the result of the pressure applied by the LaRouchePAC and others, the pressure on Obama and the White House is much greater than it was a week or a month ago.


Tsipras in Frankfurt: ECB Fires First Shot

With Greeks massing in Syntagma Square to back the new government in holding to its proposed debt-renegotiation and anti-austerity program, the European Central Bank has cut off the Greek banking system and government from credit. The ECB's Feb. 4 action, enforcing the EU "hard line" against Greece's proposals, disqualified Greek government debt as collateral for ECB short-term loans to Greek banks, thus effectively terminating between 30 billion and 50 billion euros of ECB liquidity credit lines to those banks.

The only potential substitute available to these Greek banks is a very partial one—liquidity loans through the more expensive Emergency Liquidity Assistance (ELA) program by the Greek Central Bank, at higher interest rates, and only with the permission of the ECB. The Greek government said Feb. 5 that the ECB had allowed an increase of this Greek National Bank program, but only by 10 billion euros and for one week, pending the Feb. 12 "Eurogroup" meeting of Eurozone finance ministers.

And for the Greek government, the ECB on Feb. 4 did not allow any increase in government Treasury bill issuance which the Greek banks can buy (currently 3.5 billion euros); in consequence, Greece itself now cannot borrow, even short-term, from those banks. It also cannot borrow more from the European Monetary Fund.

The ECB decision was made after its president, Mario Draghi, met with Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. Afterward Varoufakis said,

"We outlined to him the main objective of this government, which is to reform Greece in a way that has never been tried before and with a determination that was always absent. We also stated categorically that the debt-deflationary cycle in which Greece finds itself is detrimental to all efforts to reform Greece. He was good enough to explain to us his own constraints."

Varoufakis also met today with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble in Berlin, which went as one could expect. After the meeting Schäuble said he and Varoufakis "agreed to disagree," which was not really true, since Varoufakis said, "We didn't even agree to disagree, from where I'm standing."

Speaking from Venice (quite appropriately), the director of Germany's Bundesbank, Jens Weidmann, warned Greece against using the ELA to prop up its banks. "ELA should only be awarded for the short term and to solvent banks," Weidmann, who also sits on the ECB's Governing Council of decision makers, told business daily Börsen Zeitung. "As the banks and the state are closely bound in Greece, the economic and fiscal policy course that the Greek government follows plays an important role in this assessment," he said.

Since this issue is not even on the table, it can only be seen as a threat, since the ECB has to approve any request from ELA.


Greeks Rally 'To Defend the Republic'

The Greek people have answered the threats of the European financial oligarchy by escalating their mass strike that brought their new fighting government to power. As of this writing, tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, are demonstrating throughout Greece in support of the Greek government under the slogan, "No Blackmail, Do Not Fear, Do Not Back Down, We Will Win." The demonstration was organized through Facebook and other social media in response to European Central Bank president Mario Draghi's cutting Greece off from regular liquidity operations by refusing to accept Greek bonds.

Live stream coverage of the Syntagma Square in front of Parliament shows tens of thousands gathered. It cannot be seen from the coverage whether the entire square, which could easily hold 100,000 or more people, is filled. Demonstrations were also called in Thessaloniki, Patras, Heraklion, Chania, Kastoria, and other cities.

Slogans read, "We will not succumb to blackmail again"; "The Republic has spoken and no one has the right to not hear"; "The era of kneeling Greece and submissive governments, finished"; "Defend the Republic and National Sovereignty."

Earlier in the day Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras gave a powerful speech at his party faction after his government and the new parliament were sworn in.

"I want to welcome you all in the Greek Parliament, you are the voice of the people," said Tsipras, addressing the MPs. He continued:

"We must all be proud to participate in the process of emancipation of the Greek people. The Greek people are making history, because they are determined to support the major changes, the necessary reforms to the end of the client state," while stressing that the government will make "real reforms" and not the reform "barbarism of the Memorandum." The goal, he said, is to "put an end to the humanitarian crisis."

The election of "Jan. 25 was a big step. You should feel proud, because on Jan. 26 the citizens of this country could breathe, and [be] filled [with] confidence. Dignity, and democracy has returned."

"The Greek democracy will no longer accept commands and even through e-mail... Greece now has its own voice, its own bargaining power. It took just a week and managed to change the agenda of the debate in Europe. It took just a week to start the debate in Europe on the real problems."

"We have an agreement with our people; this agreement will be honored. The Greek government does not threaten any balance in Europe, [it] comes to restore Europe...The Greek government is no threat but is hoping for big changes that need to occur in Europe." He added that within a week the government had "won allies and alliances it was not able to win in five years of crisis.... Greece is no longer the crappy partner who listens to teachings. Greece has its own voice, now has proposals. We expect proposals from partners, we expect proposals from Germany."

"We are a sovereign country, we have democracy, we have an agreement with our people and will honor it...."

He said Greece will respect the EU rules but not the austerity, because it "is not a rule of Europe, not a founding rule...we will put brakes on sacrifices" by the Greek people, to guarantee "the European course of the country."

He denounced the statements of foreign officials who assert that elections do not change anything, because such "statements are dangerous, especially in a Europe where danger of Nazism is very high risk."

"The Greek democracy does not aim either to blackmail or threaten anyone, but much more not be threatened by anyone. There is blackmail because democracy in Europe is blackmailed," Prime Minister Tsipras said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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