Americans Must Wake Up: We are Closer to World War Than in 1962!

February 16, 2015

"Military alliances, balances of power, leagues of nations, all in turn failed, leaving the only path to be by way of the crucible of war. The utter destructiveness of war now blots out this alternative. We have had our last chance. If we will not devise some greater and more equitable system, Armageddon will be at our door. The problem is basically theological and involves a spiritual recrudescence and improvement of human character that will synchronize with our almost matchless advances in science, art, literature, and all material and cultural developments of the past 2,000 years. It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh."
Gen. Douglas MacArthur, to a 1951 Joint Session of Congress

Gen. Douglas MacArthur told the U.S. Congress in 1951 that a third world war would mean human extinction, and that the solution to preventing such war "must be of the spirit, if we are to save the flesh."

America and Europe have powerful options available to them, offered by the BRICS-allied nations, to avoid world war, through mutual economic and scientific progress, a change "of the spirit."

But we are taking the opposite path.

The United States, from years under British prodding of overthrowing governments oriented to Russia or China, of forcing NATO closer and closer to Russia's borders and trying to surround and contain China, now faces the imminent threat of a world war exploding out of the Ukraine crisis.

Not "war in Europe." World war, thermonuclear war. Unsurvivable war.

Two of the leading newspapers of Europe in succession have warned that we face nuclear war: First, Germany's Der Spiegel on Feb. 9 reported the fears of former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, former British Defense Secretary Des Browne that human survival is on thinner ice than during the Cold War, and now there is no "red telephone." Then London's Telegraph on Feb. 15 warned of the large number of political figures in Russia who think that nuclear war with the United States now cannot be avoided.

"Today, every inhabitant of this planet must contemplate the day when this planet may no longer be habitable. Every man, woman and child lives under a nuclear sword of Damocles, hanging by the slenderest of threads, capable of being cut at any moment by accident or miscalculation or by madness."

— John F. Kennedy • September 25, 1961Address to the United Nations, New York City

The threat is very real that as war with NATO comes ever closer to Russia, and NATO ballistic missile defenses erode its own deterrent, Russia may decide to pre-empt with thermonuclear weapons. Leading Russian figures have recently warned as much, repeatedly.

Any American leader who calls Russia "just a regional power," as Barack Obama does, is acting insane.

And the German press revealed Feb. 15 that Obama's Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland denounced European efforts to negotiate a Ukraine ceasefire as "Moscow bulls--t," and told American diplomats and Senators to "fight the Europeans" in order to continue the war and give Ukraine heavy arms.

Yet the vast majority of Americans simply look away from what is manifest to informed leaders across all of Eurasia: That humanity with all its incredible potentials, may be close to total destruction. Political figures here who warn of the thermonuclear war crisis are relegated to their own blogs or little-known websites, and Americans try to ignore them.

Helga Zepp-LaRouche has worked for 30 years to design and promote the economic development option of great projects of infrastructure, now adopted by China and the BRICS countries as "the new Silk Road," and open to the United States.

But she warned today that the American population must rid itself of its sleepwalking illusions: We are closer to thermonuclear war than in the 1962 Cuban Missiles Crisis—but there is no discussion, no debate, no mobilization of human beings to stop it!

Americans are making the suicidal mistake of simply not discussing the threat to the nation's, and their individual, existence. And thus not acting to seize the alternative.

On Feb. 14, Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche addressed the Schiller Institute conference in New York City with the fullest possible description of this crisis, and what alternatives can be taken, fast, to end it.

As of today, Feb. 17, this crisis has become so severe that a passionate mobilization of all activists, against the threat of thermonuclear war, has to go beyond the "sleepwalking" efforts thus far. Forcing the firing of the Nazi-loving war-hawk Nuland would be an immediate turning point away from war. Breaking up Wall Street's biggest banks would remove the most powerful impetus for war—the bankruptcy of the trans-Atlantic system. Irrational fears have to be replaced by rational fear, which strives with all its strength for the saving alternative of human progress and peace.




Der Spiegel: 'In the Crisis, Nuland Herself Has Become the Problem'

Germany's Der Spiegel on Feb. 15 attacked Victoria Nuland, President Obama's Nazi-loving representative for Europe, as "America's Riot Diplomat" — the sobriquet can mean both that Nuland acts disruptively, and that she creates riots (as on the Maidan in Ukraine). The "Politics" column states that Nuland poses a threat to America's allies, and that while she is supposed to solve the crisis of Ukraine and relations with Russia, "In the crisis, Nuland herself has become the problem."

EIR Founding Editor Lyndon LaRouche has called the immediate firing of Nuland, an indispensable step to avoid a plunge into thermonuclear war with Russia.

Der Spiegel described a closed-door meeting, apparently reported on anonymously both to it and to the Bild newspaper, held by Assistant Secretary of State Nuland at the Munich Security Conference one week ago, with "perhaps two dozen U.S. diplomats and Senators." There Nuland gave instructions to "fight against the Europeans" on the issue of arming Ukraine to fight Russia. She was described as "bitterly" referring to the German Chancellor's and French President Hollande's meeting with Russian President Putin as "Merkel's Moscow junk," and "Moscow bullshit," and she welcomed a Senator's calling German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen the "Defeatism Minister."

These reports give the lie to Nuland's claim on the morning of Feb. 11, when the Minsk Agreement was announced, that "we [the United States] enthusiastically support it."

Der Spiegel says that Nuland does not stop short of calling for "heavy weapons" to be given by NATO to Ukraine. Wishfully, it says that her policy is quite different than Obama's, and that he must deal with that. In reality, he is the greater danger still, of thermonuclear war.

Greece Defies Eurogroup Bailout Demand

Monday's meeting of the Eurogroup, comprised of the euro area finance ministers, on Greek and European debt ended abruptly and with no result when Greece summarily rejected a "Draft Statement" which would have merely extended the bank bailout and anti-Greece austerity conditions. These conditions have resulted in a Greek GDP drop of more than 20% over the past four years, and drastically impoverished the country's population. The new government has been proposing that the European Union institutions agree to a debt writedown as was implemented by the 1953 London Debt Conference for German debt, along with measures to restore growth as were successful in Germany at that time.

Greece's determination, backed by anti-austerity demonstrations across Europe and 80% support for the government in the country, was restated in a New York Times op-ed yesterday by Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. He wrote that Greece has established "red lines" against austerity and will not cross them even if it is offered no assistance.

"We are determined to clash with mighty vested interests,"

Varoufakis wrote, no doubt referring to Wall Street and European megabanks which dumped their debt on Greek taxpayers via the 2009 and 2011 bailouts.

The Eurogroup's refusal to discuss the Greek proposals stands in shocking contrast to its pledge of at least $2.1 billion direct aid for the completely bankrupt government in Kiev, Ukraine, and additional indirect participation in a $17.5 billion IMF loan. The total $40 billion package for Ukraine, recommended Feb. 12 by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, is itself astonishing. Ukraine is bankrupt, publicly states it cannot pay its debts, has an economy contracting at 8%/year, a 28.5% inflation rate and 23% central bank discount loan rate. The fact that the Kiev government and its backers say it is at war with Russia, seemed to be enough for the IMF's Lagarde.

The euro currency fell by three-quarters of a cent after the breakup of the debt negotiations with Greece, resuming a slide which had paused while they were occurring over the past two weeks.

Potential backing beyond Europe for the Greek government's fight was again indicated by the invitation to China just received by Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias.

In the United States, three Democratic Members of Congress — Dina Titus of Nevada, Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts and John Sarbanes of Maryland — wrote to President Obama Feb. 16 that "it is important for the United States to stand by Greece's side and use their influence, where possible, to help Greece create a new path to economic prosperity." Their letter is reported by the Greek Reporter website.