Is Mideast Peace Finally Possible?

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tour the Sistine Chapel following their meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Vatican City. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

 

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President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tour the Sistine Chapel following their meeting with His Holiness Pope Francis, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, in Vatican City. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

The historic visit by President Trump to the holy sites of the three Religions of the Book, concluded yesterday at the Vatican. Readouts from both the Vatican and the White House report that cooperation in achieving peace in the Middle East was the central topic of discussion — “the promotion of peace in the world through political negotiation and interreligious dialogue,” as the Vatican put it.

The difference now, from all the failed efforts under previous presidents, is the fact that the British division of the world between East and West, the “free world vs. Godless Communism,” created by the British after the death of FDR, is being smashed by the cooperation among Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and Xi Jinping. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has served as a primary cockpit for that division of the world, just as North Korea has served the same purpose in Asia. In both cases, the British and their dupes in the U.S. and Europe would take all possible measures to prevent any solution to these festering crises, despite the fact that their existence spawned terrorist chaos, and constantly threatened to spark the outbreak of nuclear war.

Now, there is a new world economic order in place, demonstrated by the success of the Belt and Road International Forum for Cooperation in Beijing May 14-15. While China and Russia were the central drivers of this process, President Trump sent a high-level representative, created a “U.S. Belt and Road Committee” to follow through, and invited China to join in planning and building the desperately needed reconstruction of the rotting infrastructure in the United States.

With President Trump heading for Brussels, Thursday, for a NATO meeting (the anti-Russia fanatics are holding their breath in anticipation of what Trump might say), Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu today presented an extremely positive view of the U.S.-Russia cooperation in the war on terror in Syria.

“We are talking with them on a ’round-the-clock basis,” Shoigu said of the U.S. military, “during the day and night, and we are meeting at different venues.” U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Dunford last week described the close cooperation with the Russians in Syria, even though U.S. law prevents actual joint military deployments.

This is the new global environment, based on cooperation, in which President Trump is calling on Islam, Judaism, and Christianity to come together for peace. As to terrorism, Trump told the meeting of leaders from nearly 50 Islamic nations in Riyadh on Sunday, that it is not a conflict between religions, but between good and evil.

In a similar vein, the potential for peace is breaking out on the Korean Peninsula. Newly-elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in is openly promoting a restoration of the Sunshine Policy of economic cooperation with the North, both for joint development, and to establish the trust necessary for an agreement to end the North’s nuclear program, in exchange for a peace agreement and a non-aggression pledge from the United States.

President Moon’s envoy to Russia, Song Young-gil, held extensive discussions with Russia’s Minister for Far East Development, Alexander Galushka, this past week. Song told Yonhap: “Minister Galushka suggested the tri-lateral economic cooperation of the South, North, and Russia, which has been in stalemate due to the nuclear issues, be pushed forward independently, and I agreed to that.” This has been the core of Lyndon LaRouche’s proposals regarding Korea for the past twenty years. As in the Middle East, the New Silk Road is the platform upon which peace can finally be established.

China’s Ambassador to the UN, Liu Jieyi, told the Security Council meeting on North Korea Tuesday that “there is no reason why dialogue is not taking place in the current situation. It takes political will.

“Every forward step in the Korea crisis has come through dialogue,” he said — and, he could have added, that every step forward was sabotaged by the war parties in the West, first Bush and Cheney and then Barack Obama.

Those geopolitical games can, and must, be laid to rest forever, and the fire of Empire extinguished. The moment is now.

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