The revolts in France against Emmanuel Macron and his policies have increasingly moved in the direction of a mass strike process; Great Britain threatens to sink into chaos over the Brexit policy, while the government is disintegrating; and in Germany, the two major parties of the post-war period are in a shambles, but nonetheless determined to stay their disastrous course, as seen in the recent CDU election. In short, the leaders of the three largest countries in the EU are finally being presented the bill for their failure to protect and defend the common good.
A “sensational” assessment of the situation in the United States was presented by the chairwoman of the international Schiller Institute Helga Zepp-LaRouche, during her recent visit to Moscow for both public and private discussions and meetings. She was a featured speaker at the conference on “Chinese Civilization and the World” organized on October 24 by the Institute of Far Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and she addressed on the same day a group of social activists and political scientists at the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation.
Over the past year, London has worked very hard to portray itself as the leader of the “free world”, at the forefront of the battle against totalitarianism in all its forms. The British need to assume that role, their elite proclaims, because of Donald Trump’s “insane” intention to establish good relations with Russia and China, rather than upholding the traditional Anglo-American geopolitics. If one is to believe Prime Minister Theresa May, the United Kingdom is making a full comeback on the global scene to combat the country’s main enemy, which is Russia.
Donald Trump, in his election campaign and after his election, strongly opposed the policy of “permanent wars” and of “regime change” that the neo-conservatives in the Anglo-American world had successfully pushed through for decades. He repeatedly called for establishing good working relations with Russia and China, and ending the senseless military interventions abroad.
The sanctions bill targeting Russia, Iran and North Korea that the United States Congress passed almost unanimously in the last week of July is a flagrant violation not only of international law, in that it decrees that U.S. law must also apply to sovereign foreign countries, but also of the American Constitution, as it severely narrows the President’s power to define and carry out foreign policy. The intent of the bill is clearly to torpedo the Trump Administration’s efforts to improve relations with Russia. That, in turn, seriously heightens the danger of thermonuclear world war.
In the last week of July, the United States Congress passed the Iran-Russia-North Korea sanctions bill quasi unanimously (419-3 in the House of Representatives and 98-2 in the Senate). The intent of the bill is clearly to put the United States back into direct confrontation with Russia and to seriously weaken the President’s power to carry out foreign policy, as provided under the Constitution.
The sanctions just adopted by both houses of the U.S. Congress, which would punish any companies involved in building infrastructure to facilitate Russian energy exports, including the Nord Stream 2, would severely harm the entire European economy, in addition to promoting outright economic and trade war. The protests have been been widespread across the political spectrum, in particular in Germany and Austria, which need the pipeline projects to ensure energy security.
As a likely spillover of U.S. President Trump’s attempt to establish constructive relations with Russia, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel called for a a “new detente” policy in an interview with Focus magazine of July 16.
Developments over the past few weeks indicate that the United States may now be responding to the call to accept China’s offer to join the New Silk Road. President Trump and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi met at the White House on June 22, after which Yang stated, according to a statement by the Beijing Foreign Ministry, that the U.S. President was willing to cooperate with China on projects related to its Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.
As it now stands, it appears that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin intend to hold their first meeting on the sidelines of the July 7-8 G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. But opposition to such a meeting is reportedly exceedingly strong not only among the trans-Atlantic Establishment elite, but also within the Trump Administration itself.