On Tuesday, simultaneous with the opening day of the UN General Assembly General debate by world leaders, all hell broke loose against Obama and Saudi Arabia, in Washington, D.C. Two rallies and a press conference took place at the White House and Senate, led by the honor families of victims of 9/11, bringing activists from the East Coast to give orders to enact S. 2040 JASTA (Justice Against Sponsored Terrorism Act), as the placards said: ‘Stop Protecting Terrorism $$!” To Pres. Obama: “Don’t Veto JASTA!” To Congress: “Override Veto!” The bill will allow Americans to sue Saudi Arabia.
Overnight, a media blitz took the message nationwide, through USA Today, HispanTV, and many more. “Why Families of 9/11 Victims Feel Betrayed by Obama,” read the headline in McClatchy News D.C.
Yesterday the leaders for JASTA continued their presence in force on Capitol Hill, insisting on justice for themselves, the nation, and the world. JASTA was passed unanimously already by the House of Representatives earlier this month, and by the Senate in May, but Obama said he will veto it. However, even if he stalls on doing so, until the end of the week, Senate members have pledged to stay in session and override. Lawyers yesterday said they are on stand-by to immediately file suits against Saudi Arabia, on behalf of the 9/11 victims.
In parallel, still more heat came down today on the Saudis and Obama, in the form of a Senate debate on passage of S.J. Res. 39: “Resolution To Disapprove $1.51 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia.” Its four sponsors–Rand Paul (R-KY), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Al Franken (D-MN), and Mike Lee (R-UT) all spoke out against the Saudi atrocities in Yemen, and the kingdom’s backing for radical ideology leading to terrorism. Murphy said that the Saudis’ actions have “no end but chaos and the increasing of ungovernable space…” Though the bill did not pass, but was tabled (a way to block it without outright rejecting it) by a vote of 71 to 25 (military export deals typically get support), Murphy emphatically said in advance that, even if it fails, “it’ll still send a message.”
Lyndon LaRouche, in response to this momentum against Obama said, “Keep going! Don’t stop!” He stressed that we must “extend the scope of what the concerns of people ought to be…” Further, “Get people pulled in together, as a real team. Don’t get stuck in a loop; get beyond the loop.”
This is nowhere more necessary than to carry through the momentum to pass bills in both Houses of Congress to reinstate Glass-Steagall. LPAC activists put this up-front Tuesday on Capitol Hill, to the many individual Congressmen, who were quick to denounce the crimes of Wells Fargo Bank–the dirty bums du jour–but were silent and ill-informed on the need for emergency action to re-instate Glass Steagall, and to take all necessary measures to start the economy and save the nation and world. But everybody in Congress knows that it has been the LaRouche PAC activation that has driven Glass-Steagall to the top of the reality agenda. And the more that leading citizens and elected officials know about the imminent blowout of the entire trans-Atlantic financial system, the greater the chances of emergency action in time.
In Manhattan, Helga Zepp-LaRouche’s statement, addressing the urgent issues on the plate of world leaders gathered in New York at the United Nations for the General Assembly, continues to go out in wide circulation under the headline “Appeal to the United Nations General Assembly: A New Paradigm for the Common Aims of Mankind!”
And finally, yesterday morning, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang addressed in his own terms, the concept of the “common aims” among people, by referencing his nation’s commitment to the “win-win” outlook, involved in committing to doing what it takes for economic growth for all nations and peoples. Only economic development can advance human civilization and progress, he said, and can solve our problems, even terrorism. Today the world faces many dangers, but Li said that, “difficult moments call for stronger confidence.”