As saner Europeans wake up to the reality that U.S. and European insane policies have brought the world to the brink of thermonuclear war, the LaRouche movement is providing crucial strategic leadership for the policy revolution required to save humanity from extinction.
Last Saturday, June 18th, from France, Belgium and the Netherlands, to Germany, Italy, Denmark, and other countries, LaRouche movement organizers held the first European-wide day of action around the petition, “The Warsaw Summit Prepares for War, It’s Time to Leave NATO Now!” The petition, issued by the LaRouche movement as a non-partisan initiative, is now being circulated by other groups and individuals, as well, raises the alarm on the current countdown to nuclear war and calls on NATO member countries to leave NATO immediately, and “create without delay the conditions for a new global peace and security architecture, based on the win-win cooperation proposed by the BRICS, cooperation which Europe and the United States, in their own interests, should join in.”
The serious response generated is demonstrated in the report from France, where LaRouche associates in the Solidarité et Progrès party deployed 70 people to the streets in 17 cities and towns all over France on Saturday. Nearly 2,300 people have signed the petition in France, and another 250 were collected last this Saturday during these direct street petitioning drives. Intuitively, most people have the intuition something terrible is going to happen and “smell” that NATO stinks. So far, 1,600 signers have used the option of also sending a pre-formatted letter to their elected deputies and senators in their home department (5 to 10 elected officials per department), which says, essentially, “I have signed this petition, and I want to know where you stand.” That means that between 8,000 and 16,000 emails have been sent to the French elected officials to tell them they should opt out of NATO and its war-mongering campaigns.
Many signers have e-mailed back the replies they received from their officials, ranging from “I’m a Gaullist, so I’m all for it” to “I really don’t agree.” Others, such as former Secretary of State for Foreign Trade Pierre Lellouche, in charge of the Foreign Affairs section of the right-wing Les Républicains party, underlined that his party is working hard to get the sanctions against Russia lifted.
Translated into Dutch by Agora Erasmus, the petition was published by the progressive website De Wereld Morgen, which receives 30,000 visits per day.
In Belgium, among the prominent signers are Socialist Senator Bert Anciaux; diplomat Jan de Moor; former Deputy Speaker (i.e., Vice Chairman) of the Belgian Parliament Lode Vanoost; prominent peace activist Ludo de Brabander (Vrede); and two authors, Mike de Loof and Barbara Y. Flamand. Also signing are Michel Vanhoorne, a medical doctor of the University of Gent, who signed as the coordinator of the Left Ecological Forum, and musician Hubert Boone.
In the Netherlands, the first of the more than a 100 Dutchmen who have signed the petition is Rein Heijne, the director of the Erasmus House of Rotterdam, which sponsors pro-peace events. Heijne commented, “Long live the intellectual legacy of Erasmus.”