Never in history has the democratic election of a President of the United States created such an uproar in Europe and such fierce opposition. For Helga Zepp-LaRouche, who was speaking to a Schiller Institute conference in Manhattan on Feb. 4, the violent reactions reflect the fact that that the neo-liberal world order “has ended and it will never come back.” Earlier manifestations of that reality were the Brexit vote and the recent Italian referendum against giving more power to the EU.
As for the protests against Trump which quickly spread in the United States after his election, including very violent anti-Trump demonstrations, together with the assassination threats, and an unprecedented wave of hate propaganda against the new President, Helga Zepp-LaRouche believes they are part of an attempt to start a color revolution in the United States.
At this point, she said, some of his policies look good, others are clearly problematic. On the positive side, “he has started to improve relations with Russia”, which has tremendously upset the representatives of the unipolar geopolitical faction. Toward China, his policy is not as clear, but he is expected to end the military provocations of his predecessor. Building a wall with Mexico, on the contrary, makes no sense.
As for the 90-day suspension of travel to the U.S. by citizens of seven Muslim countries, it created “a huge outcry in Europe, but what hypocrisy! European politicians felt that they had to lecture Trump on human rights… What double standard!” After all, she recalled, the EU has been trying for a very long time to prevent all refugees and migrants from coming to Europe. “Alone in 2016, more than 5,000 people drowned in the Mediterranean,” according to the official figure, but actually many more, while fences and walls have gone up to prevent people from coming in.
Moreover, the EU is not taking care of the 100,000 people in refugee camps in Greece, or in the Balkans, where there is not enough heat and not enough food. Now, “after the very dubious deal with Turkey”, the EU just “decided to make a deal with Libya — Libya, which does not even have a clearly defined government, where competing militias are fighting it out, and the EU is training the Libyan Coast Guard. Even the First Channel of German TV, on a program called Monitor, said this is a deal with human traffickers and torturers, competing militias who are absolutely criminal, and with these people, the EU is trying to solve the refugee problem.”
It would make much more sense, in Zepp-LaRouche’s view, if Europe were to join with China, Japan and India in helping to develop the African continent and the Middle East.
One might add that those leaders and media in Europe that are attacking Trump for being anti-Muslim, had nothing to say when President Obama was killing and maiming thousands of Muslims, directly or indirectly through proxies, in Iraq, Libya, Syria, or now in Yemen.
The video and the transcript of Helga Zepp-LaRouche’s presentation to the Schiller Institute conference are available here.