The Russian government considers that the world strategic situation, in the aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal from the INF Treaty, is “all in all, quite alarming.” Those are the words used by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in a three-way dialogue with President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, which was prominently featured on the Kremlin’s website on Jan. 2. In that same exchange, Putin announced that Russia would respond “symmetrically” by also quitting the INF and developing its own intermediate-range missiles, as well as other weapons systems. The entire dialogue among the Russian leaders located the current crisis as part of a longer historical arc, beginning with the U.S. pull-out from the ABM treaty in 2002, during the George W. Bush presidency–which is precisely what triggered the Russian policy of developing weapons systems based on new physical principles, which President Putin described in his historic March 1, 2018 speech to the Federal Assembly.
Helga Zepp-LaRouche today commented that the world strategic situation is indeed “very, very serious,” and requires urgent action. Already in her Jan. 31 weekly webcast, delivered one day before the U.S. formally announced its withdrawal form the INF Treaty, Zepp-LaRouche was asked: “From your discussions with people, your experience, are there people in Russia and China who understand the possibility, or are aware of the possibility for this Four Power arrangement [among the U.S., Russia, China and India], and using that as the basis for a New Bretton Woods?” To which she responded:
“Well, I think this is a big question. Because you know, in general, I think the Chinese would–depending on how these trade negotiations today go with President Trump…. If that goes well, then I would say the Chinese in general tend to be more optimistic about changing the course of history.
“The Russians, in my experience, are very pessimistic. They look at the possible cancellation of the INF Treaty, they look at all the other very aggressive tones against Russia, and they think there is a very small chance, if any chance at all, that the United States will change for many years to come.
“Now, I don’t think that that is the final answer…. I think anybody in their right mind, who is not willing to risk the existence of the human species, should really promote dialogue and cooperation, rather than keeping this chicken game going, which could really blow up the whole human species.
“I think the Russians need to see some signs that Americans and Europeans are willing to depart from this insane confrontation course, to develop the hope that it can be changed. And that cannot come from Russia; it can only come from inside the West.”
Trump can help set things on the proper track by achieving a full economic cooperation package with China; by pursuing his successful negotiations with North Korea; and by pulling U.S. troops out of Syria and ending the era of Bush-Obama wars of aggression–just as Trump promised he would do throughout the presidential campaign. And we can help Trump do all of that by defeating the British-orchestrated coup d’état against his government.
But perhaps the most eloquent signal that the U.S. is adopting the proper course, would be for President Trump to finally exonerate Lyndon LaRouche,and proceed to implement his policies of a Four Power accord to organize a New Bretton Woods system to replace the dying British Empire.