The Fundamental Conflict in the World Is Not What You Think
We in Europe are bombarded daily with terrifying news about ruthless dictators, such as Vladimir Putin or Xi Jinping, who are out to conquer the West, militarily and economically, and to destroy Western “values”. In response, we are asked to accept “sacrifices”, including a collapse in living standards. The effect of the propaganda on the population, however, is wearing thin, as NATO allies escalate their provocations.
Schiller Institute founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche addressed this issue in an article dated Nov. 5: “The current strategic confrontation is not one of ‘democracies’ against ‘autocracies’. It is exclusively about the determination of the U.S. and the U.K. to assert their right to be the sole world power. To this end, they have launched a confrontation against Russia and China, in which Germany and all of Europe are in the gravest danger of being pulverized.
“The real conflict is between the forces in the world that intend to maintain the worn-out concept of a unipolar, imperial and colonialist world order and the absolute majority of the nations of this world that are determined to overcome colonialism forever, and to leave poverty and underdevelopment behind. These countries are in the process of building a completely new economic system.”
This was discussed at length at an online press conference organized by EIR on Nov. 5 (cf. below). It took place just three days before the mid-term elections in the United States, which may turn out to be decisive for the escalation – or the de-escalation — of the conflict with Russia at least. Colonel Richard Black, the former head of the U.S. Army’s Criminal Law Division at the Pentagon, noted in his presentation that the “war party” in the United States was panicked by the prospect that the Republicans will take back a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and then reduce the unlimited quantities of aid currently provided to Ukraine for the proxy war against Russia, as well as cutting the funds for weapons producers. This prospect, in his view and that of many observers, “has accelerated the drive toward World War III, which is well underway”. Note that the new Congress will not be seated until January 3, 2023.
Among the recent provocations involving NATO countries are the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines, the deadly explosion on the Kerch Bridge connecting Russia to Crimea, the attack on the Russian fleet in Sevastopol, the demonstrative surfacing of two U.S. ballistic missile submarines, on two separate occasions, one in the Arabian Sea and the other in Gibraltar, as well as the recent release of Washington’s new nuclear doctrine (cf. below).
A completely different approach to international relations will be discussed on Nov. 12 at the upcoming Schiller Institute conference devoted to the great scientist and humanist Vladimir Vernadsky (cf. below).