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The so-called Peace Summit in Switzerland didn’t do anything, other than make a big show. Credit: Zelenskyy's Official Website

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The Charade Is Over of the ‘Collective West’ Running The Show

by Marcia Merry Baker (EIRNS) — Jun. 17, 2024

The major outcome of the “Summit for Peace in Ukraine,” staged in the Swiss resort of Bürgenstock over the weekend, is how it demonstrates conclusively that the West is no long able to coerce, or even fake, a “coalition” willing to do its bidding. This is a “strategic reality,” as noted by Schiller Institute founder Helga Zepp-LaRouche today. The implication from this is, of course, that individuals and nations must step forward—as is happening in the Global Majority, to lead the way out of today’s horrifying phase of war, genocide, and danger of nuclear annihilation, into a new epoch of development.

Zepp-LaRouche reviewed the Swiss “peace” event, which was condemned to fail from the start, by excluding Russia, a principal party. There were 160 nations invited—a large part of the 200 countries in the United Nations, but only 98 accepted. Of those, 20 nations refused to sign the summit communiqué, and of the 78 nations which did, 42 of them were from Europe, with only 11 from Africa. China did not attend. Other leading nations of the BRICS, including India, South Africa and the U.A.E., refused to sign, along with other major nations such as Mexico.

Many delegations attending, sent lower level representatives. For example, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia did not attend; Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud came instead, and also informed the Summit that, now is the time to have serious negotiations in Ukraine and “make difficult compromises.” He did not board the bandwagon for unending support for Ukraine President Zelenskyy and warfare. It is reported that Iraq and Jordan first signed the Summit statement, but later removed their endorsement.

In sum, Zepp-LaRouche noted, there is “a clear recognition that the Global Majority is no longer anywhere near the Global West” in terms of alignment and subservience. “The West is no longer able to dictate the terms” of military, economic, (counter) culture, and other fundamental relations among and within nations.

The immediate danger is the mad push forward by the Global NATO warhawks for nuclear confrontation. Outgoing NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview with Telegraph, in London, done in Brussels at last week’s NATO defense ministers’ meeting, that NATO members are discussing taking more of their nuclear warheads out of storage, and putting more of them into active standby mode. He called this process increasing Western “deterrence,” saying it was necessary because Russia and China are two “nuclear-powered adversaries.”

The number of such emplaced warheads is already increasing. A new report out this week from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reports on the inventory and status of the nuclear warheads held by the nine nuclear-armed nations. There is an estimated inventory of 12,121 nuclear warheads, total, in the world, of which the breakdown is: 9,585 in storage in military stockpiles, and 3,904 deployed with missiles and aircraft. This latter number has increased by 60 since January 2023.

This information just adds to the context in which the significance of the role played by the Schiller Institute and collaborators is clear, to sound the alarm. The message of the June 12 Schiller Institute emergency press briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. continues to reverberate, and needs to sound the alarm even faster and louder. “The Danger of Nuclear War Is Real, and Must Be Stopped.” The message from the three senior military-intelligence specialists, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, and Anastasia Battle, leader of the International Peace Coalition, is critical.

Europe-based senior analyst Gilbert Doctorow stressed this in an article this week, covering the Schiller Institute event, in which he stated, after citing some observations and differences, “It would be excellent if the broad American public would listen to and act upon what Scott Ritter and Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson had to say. Here is a case where genuine American patriotism is fully aligned with saving the world for all of its peoples. Though I call out these two speakers, it is well worthwhile to watch at least the first hour of this event. So far, the video has attracted 43,000 viewers, It needs another 4 million to gain traction. May that happen!”

In Brazil, the message of the June 12 emergency event is likewise now circulating in the media. One reporter, carried by the national, important publication, CartaCapital, synthesized the content of the 2.5 hour National Press Club event, including that, “German activist” Helga Zepp-LaRouche “urges that a new and immediate security and development architecture, that takes into account the interests of every country,” be created.

This “story” will not grow stale. The challenge is to get it out rapidly, and engage everyone in the process of dialogue and policy formulation, as presented at the June 15-16 international Schiller Institute conference, “The World on the Brink: For a New Peace of Westphalia!”


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