Global Movement for Peace for Ukraine
Darkening Skies presage Doomsday
At the United Nations last month Mexico’s delegation conveyed the hope of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to convene a special emergency caucus in order to provide a pathway for peace dialogue. Perhaps a new Minsk Accords that would include an immediate ceasefire and negotiations for resettlement for the people of Ukraine.
However since the Nordstream gas pipeline explosions, the work of saboteurs, the Eurasian war tempo has speeded to allegro rather than ritardando. Ukraine has blown up some of its own infrastructure, while Russia has also targeted power plants to cripple. Meanwhile the British aided the Ukrainians in recent drone attacks on the naval base at Sevastopol. Since the base is used by the Russians for shipping grain, the Russians are refusing to allow anymore UN-brokered Black Sea grain shipments until a new deal is negotiated.
Meanwhile according to World Socialist Website in “U.S. expands military presence near Russian border” it is beyond clear that NATO is growing in numbers of troops in neighboring countries around Ukraine, including in Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria. According to the NATO tabulation, there are an estimated 260,000 host nation troops, and 20,000 allied troops. In the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) there are an estimated 35,200 host nation troops and 10,000 allied troops ready to descend on neighboring Belarus.
Furthermore in a recent press briefing at the Pentagon, it was confirmed by Press Secretary Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder that there are active-duty US military personnel inside of Ukraine, but that they are only there for “security cooperation and assistance as part of the defense attache office.” In other words, they are helping to coordinate defense logistics, weapons operations, shipments, training, etc. According to the WSWS.org, this makes the US and NATO complicit:
“The fact that the massive funneling of arms into Ukraine by the US and NATO powers now requires the deployment of military personnel in Ukraine explodes the fiction that the US is not directly involved in the conflict, and is also revealing about the forces with which the US is allied.”
The NATO map also provides an estimate of air defense and carrier strike groups in the vicinity. However there are also U.S. special forces, ex-military personnel, and volunteers. The muscular war-talk has also increased on both sides, especially from unexpected quarters. The European Union leaders and national parliaments are even proposing how to place sanctions on Russian civilians and designate civilian anti-war speech and demonstrations as prosecutable acts. Under this darkening World War III scenario of martialism, combat readiness, nuclear air strike rehearsals, refusal to negotiate, and media censorship, it is hard to not predict where all this will end up.
Need for a New Global Security Architecture
This is why in the shadows of the nascent Third World War, an anti-war battle-cry is finding its voice from the Schiller Institute on the need for a new global development and security architecture. This was the theme ever since February but it has intensified over the last month, as things are increasingly heated in Europe. In part II of “Stop the Danger of Nuclear War” held on October 27, 2022 in Mexico City near Congress, ex-official politicians, active politicans, experts, and grassroots activists from Latin America, as well as from Europe and the United States, contributed to a dialogue for world peace.
Helga Zepp-LaRouche, founder of the Schiller Institute, opened up the symposium with a review of the ongoing Ukraine-Russia war, comparing the building up of armaments on the borderlands between NATO and Russia as “sitting on a power keg.” She also compared the past, when during the Pershing II missile crisis, and throughout the 1980s, there were many large anti-nuclear weapons war rallies. Today, despite the advancements in technology allowing sophisticated guidance systems, protests are fewer. Yet with the growing urgency, public dialogue is needed. When the leaders of the world are abdicating their responsibility, then every citizen has the right and responsibility to speak out for the interest of humanity as a whole. The public debate must transcend the narrow scope of national interest and including the larger interest of humanity for a sense of hope. If this means that new models of international relations, and new financial and global security architecture are needed, then the public must have a chance to fully participate.
From Latin America and the Carribean there were several active and former congressmen. Maria de los Angeles Huerta, a professor and congresswoman of Mexico, presented her view that with the present situation, the globalists have turned the people into mere spectators. We need to rethink how we can reorient the resources development architecture, such as having a global action plan with a world day of debate, “semario por la paz global.” A new international security architecture can be more moral and humanistic, as defined by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in his vision. This would include a new world energy model to guarantee human survival, even in poor countries. It would eliminate nuclear, chemical, and biological warfare.
Senator Benjamin Robles Montoya (Mexico), a professor and economist whose proposals are adopted by the current president, emphasizes that the interminable means of acquisition and debt create a crisis that is at the expense of many nations. Corporations manipulate interest rates, whether or not legitimate, so they come out ahead and can exert tyrannical power. We should not look at creating and enforcing sanctions, he stated, but instead at how to stop sanctions and engage in direct dialogue to end the war. We should also fight corruption and promote world peace, he said.
Rodolfo Ondarza (Mexico), a neurosurgeon and on the commission on human rights for Mexico, voiced concern over the number of nuclear weapons and amount of money spent to develop new tactical nuclear weapons. He relates this to the types of cancers that he sees, as well as those related to bioweapons being used on a world scale. He stated that today’s bioweapons can even target specific genes and DNA of populations, but that the experimental nature jeopardizes all life on earth. So we must join together to end war and form effective communications networks to promote peace.
Donald Ramotar, former President in Guyana, writer and journalist, reviewed the history of the Cuban missile crisis and the Cold War. It is the megacorporations that profit heavily from war, and Ukraine cannot possibly fight this war without NATO furnishing it weaponry while continuously goading Russia since before 2014. He mentions the deliberate scuttling of the Minsk Accords, and recent destruction of Nordstream I & II. The irony is that we are arming the Azov racists forces of President Zelensky, yet this is not how the media portrays this war when it is covered. Mainstream media will not accept counter-arguments on the war. Organizing for demonstrations, massive rallies, such as before Iraq, is badly needed.
Jorge Robledo from Colombia, twice Senator and promoting the Dignity Party, also a teacher of physical economics, philosophically states that war can either continue indefinitely or break out into nuclear confrontation. The Dignity Party believes that conflicts must be resolved peacefully and with respect to national sovereignty. We need a convocation to peace, including in this struggle, to trigger a world mobilization against the Ukraine-Russia war, especially because it is really the Russians one side versus U.S. & NATO on the other. The huge losses in Ukraine are being felt in Europe, and the entire world, especially in agricultural production and costs. Robledo cited the adage by Gorbachev and Reagan, “Nuclear war can never be won and must never be waged.” He also referred to Pope Francis having made a call for a peaceful solution. Robledo in his philosophical perspective wonders why humanity has not learned from 60 years after the Cuban Missile crisis, that even back then President Kennedy was willing to engage with Soviet Union Premier Khrushchev to craft an agreement that ended the crisis and nuclear showdown. Thus we the people have the right to make a universal demand for a peace, to form a movement, to ask for and create a workable solution, and to “raise a great hue and cry to stop the danger of nuclear war.”
In the second hour, the featured panelists were from Europe included an opening by General Dominique Delawarde of France, a former French attache to Washington, and serving in the 7th Alpine Infantry Battalion. General Delawarde believes that a balance must be restored in the world where political and military machinations are being used to wage war for economic gains. One solution in the current crisis is to end NATO and remove the dollar hegemony. Another is to create a new hyperpower. The economic power of the BRICS & Shanghai Cooperative Organization (SCO) can be used as leverage to restore a kind of balance. The general bluntly puts forth the view that this war between Ukraine-Russia is far from just regional; it represents a world struggle between the dominant hegemony of the Europe-American-NATO axis versus the multipolar world order emerging and represented by Russia-China and many second-world nations. This is how the power-play is interpreted by the majority of the countries. We can only hope that at some point they will be ready to negotiate, and that it will not be at too expensive a cost for the entire planet, Delawarde concludes, expressing also his support for more multipolarity so that the world will no longer be ruled solely by the dictates of the United States.
The EIR-Schiller Institute moderator mentions that it is not just the financial hegemony of the dollar but speculative bubbles from Wall Street and the City of London that drive these economic and military processes of war, referring to the war in Afghanistan that cost over $2 trillion dollars over the past twenty years. Several letters were read from the Belgrade Forum; video message from Karl Kroekel, master craftsman of the Dessau-Roblau trade guild, Artisans for Peace. The Artisans for Peace want the fuel sanctions lifted, no more arms deliveries to Ukraine, promotion of a peace policy, for Germany to leave NATO, and for German to end this economic war triggered by the European Union.
From Italy (Sicily), Sergio Tancredi, a former state parliamentarian recounts that this war’s seeds were sown in the ground 8 years ago, but that the plants were not seen by the public until it became global in scale. Nobody can say they are not involved in this conflict, because of the risk of nuclear holocaust. This is playing with fire, and the global geopolitical and economic interests involve not just Russia and Ukraine. It is also a war of currencies, and of the “frightening influence and pressures from international corporations that have an interest in continuing this war for a long time, perhaps thinking that a new Vietnam in the heart of Europe, that can eventually turn a very good business in many respects.” Tancredi asks what good business is when the war becomes nuclear? There is too much room for misjudgments. We must give diplomacy a voice “starting from a fundamental point: respect.” The other option is a nuclear desert, in giving way to the short-sightedness of the few. Tancredi eloquently states:
“It is necessary for each of us to mobilize as many people as possible so that this cry for peace becomes a sonic wave so strong that no one can ignore it. It is clear that if we have the ability and lack the will to stop the conflict; tommorrow’s world will be a different world because it is glaringly obvious that the present process is splitting the planet into two blocs.”
The moderator is reminded of the Bel Canto tradition of Italy, but also the need to create a better future for our children. He introduced another strong person from Italy, Antonio Ingroia, of the anti-mafia task force.
Antonio Ingroia, former magistrate in Italy, calls for promoting peace to avoid a third world war, a nuclear war. He states that Italy will be particularly exposed in a nuclear war, and that is why we must start peace negotiations, and the Europeans can and must make the first move. They can take a stand against NATO even if they want them directly involved. Italians must appeal to their government to take a stand for peace, demand an immediate ceasefire, and stop the sanctions against Russia, since that just makes it a NATO war. The involvement of NATO means Italy is in the war, but despite this, many “prestigious brothers and sisters from around the world have signed this appeal for peace.” Ingroia endorses the Schiller peace initiative and hopes that more will be signing on, and that humanity can courageously move away from this risk of nuclear fire.
Here the moderator explains to the live audience and listeners that the Ukrainian government (possibly encouraged by outside interlopers) has developed a targeted assassination list, called the Myrotvorets.center. This list is allegedly curated by the Ukraine Security Service. There are thousands of names of politicians, journalists, media professionals, citizens living in the Donbass region, and anyone important who has anything bad to say about the Ukrainian government. The moderator mentions that people connected with the Schiller Institute are on the list including its founder, spokespersons or prominent panelists, and authors. The list has resulted in targeted killings of people, or other attacks.
Next the United States panelists made a showing. First was former Virginia State Senator and Retired Colonel Richard Black. Black’s statement was part of an earlier press release in which he provides an update on the political manueverings taking place in the United States to help end the war. In his press statement on October 25th, Black describes a list of prominent legislators who are against the war, including a minority of 57 Republicans, and recently Tulsi Gabbard, but not a single Democrat in the Congress. Black’s broadcasts are popular and often reposted to other platforms.
From New York state is Diane Sare, who is running as an independent, contesting the senate seat of Democrat Chuck Schumer. Sare has faced a rigorous uphill battle to appear on the ballot, as each election cycle, new laws seem to crop up to discourage alternative party candidates from running. Nevertheless the Libertarians are supporting her, and so is the LaRouche organization, and so are many Independents, and disgruntled Democrats and Republicans.
Diane Sare explains that she is running to create an alliance of one humanity, and that she wants to create a sonic wave, awaken a movement, against the globalist cabal who appear to lack conscience by embroiling itself in another war. She recounts the days of Vietnam and the horrors of that time when toxic chemical weapons were used, such as napalm and agent orange. The Nordstream pipeline sabotage signifies a catalyst for more war. She also mentions encouraging her volunteers to work as interventionists at rallies. She hopes to draw attention to the need for ending the war.
The moderator breaked with more video-messages from Germany, such as by Marie Schlumer speaking for the Forum for Freedom & Democracy. Although the Forum is labeled as “far-right” by the mainstream media, research indicates that the labeling is because the European Union prerogatives now envelope the various organs of national sovereignty.
Marie reports that unbeknownst to the Americans, hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Europe in protests to voice their anger and concern. They feel betrayed by their governments who are spending heavily on armaments rather than on health, education, and welfare. The austerity measures taken are inflicting suffering on the elderly and laborers. She mentions peace being the message in all the organization’s print media, in their plans for peace in Europe, in their interest to provide citizens a new platform to resist the threat of nuclear war, and support an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine. She also mentions the nationalist interests for stronger economy and rolling back Covid measures.
The next and last panelist was American-Chinese businessman George Koo, who has made other presentations for the Schiller Institute. He is a business-builder-relations consultant and formerly with MIT. Koo mostly talked about the Asian end of the world war situation, stating that it is more important to avoid nuclear warfare than for the U.S. to take on China for the sake of defending Taiwan. He expressed doubt that Taiwan would want to become a foil and battlefield. It is as important to temper down on the China-Taiwan issue as the Russia-Ukraine issue, and peaceful negotiations should be a priority. He ended with the hope that diplomacy and peace is for all the people in the world.
Peace by any means
The last hour was a lively moderated forum on proposals for ending war. Mostly this is to include the formation of association for legislators, signatories, leaders, civil societies and youth volunteers interested in becoming part of an international network for peace. The vision for world peace must be global not just for resolving the Ukraine-Russia conflict; it must aim beyond the military imbalances; and perhaps include the formation of new political parties, new organizational arms at the U.N., new alternatives to the current financial systems, and envisioning citizen voice and participation. For instance, several times it came up that the nations down under are indeed quite woke when it comes to the fact that there is a privileged elite who dominate the world from closed-door summits (such as the World Economic Forum) which can influence, infiltrate, even appropriate through sophisticated apparatus the composition of directorates in government, banking, media, politics, military, and policy development, not to mention medicine, and education.
The next conference is scheduled for November 22nd, 2022. Schiller Institute hopes to assemble a task-force for an interim meeting. Participants are urged to read the letter “Open Letter to the United Nations from the Schiller Institute & the Foundation to Battle Injustice” to close down the Myrotvorets List in Ukraine. The letter is available at:
The full seminar tape is at YouTube.com/c/SchillerInstitute.
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