By Benjamin Deniston
Admitted, you can debate how much of a "near miss" this particular asteroid will be, but taken in the immediate political-strategic context – where the threats of a new world war are echoing throughout probably every nation across our dangerously unstable world – there is good reason to take this opportunity to contemplate your position in both history, and the galaxy – and, most importantly, the relation of the two.
Since NASA's release in March of this year, Asteroid 2005 YU55 to Approach Earth on November 8, 2011, the asteroid's path has been well known. To quote the end of their release,
Although classified as a potentially hazardous object, 2005 YU55 poses no threat of an Earth collision over at least the next 100 years. However, this will be the closest approach to date by an object this large that we know about in advance and an event of this type will not happen again until 2028 when asteroid (153814) 2001 WN5 will pass to within 0.6 lunar distances.
A JPL animation of the asteroid passing within the lunar orbit on November 8th and 9th. A full resolution image can be found here. Credit: JPL, NASA
Granted it does not help that the internet is overloaded with the crazy calls of a "2012" apocalypse (which serve to muddy the waters of serious discussion), but I would take serious note that this asteroid was only discovered in 2005, providing merely a 6 year warning until its flyby.
Ask: would that have been enough time to prepare if it was discovered that the asteroid was on an impact course?
Even beyond this particular scenario, the discussion must be broadened.
Add to the picture the threat posed by large solar storms. The National Academy of Sciences, among other institutions, have warned that coronal mass ejections (CMEs) from the Sun, when large enough, can generate massive electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) upon impacting the Earth. They have warned that, given the increased size of our electrical power infrastructure, and our increased dependence on power, if we got hit with a solar storm the size of the ones that struck the Earth in 1921 or 1859, ~130,000,000 Americans could be left without power for years! No power means no water pumping, no food refrigeration, no computer systems, etc. Society would quickly break down.
We should also include consideration of the still anomalous correlations between solar activity and earthquakes, not to mention extreme weather.
Do these threats mean that mankind has to sit helpless on the Earth, to be subject to the potentially catastrophic whims of our solar system and galaxy?
There are solutions to all these problems, but to get to them we must first look at another looming factor.
There is no doubt that the most immediate danger is Obama's fast-paced drive for a new World War, openly signaled by the recent murder of a captured head of state, Muammar Qaddafi, as part of the plan to fast-track wars against Syria and Iran, in which the real targets are the Asian powers of China and Russia. Mr. LaRouche has clearly issued the warning of this immediate danger, as in his most recent address in the LaRouchePAC Weekly Report of November 2nd, 2011.
Many may have trouble coming to grips with this, and its relation with the asteroid 2005 YU55. But in order to craft a reasoned response to our immediate situation, this is where we must look, and come to understand these grave crises as intersecting in one strategic reality, a strategic reality which strictly defines a very limited number options for saving mankind from this insanity.
As we have reported, the very same Russian officials that have been condemning the likely war crime of the murder of Qaddafi (see: NATO Hit for Extra-Judicial Killing of Qaddafi), have openly put back on the table LaRouche's call for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), but in an upgraded form.
As presented on LaRouche PAC, Russians Propose SDI-plus (video report here), the Russian government has proposed cooperation with the USA in the defense of all nations against missile attacks by collaboration on advanced missile defense systems.
While explicitly citing the SDI by name (which anyone serious knows is LaRouche's policy), they propose to take the collaboration further, actually beyond the Earth, by including threats from asteroids, comets, and other foreign bodies. To quote an October 18th Russia Today article, ‘Star Wars’ as alternative to missile defense,
In a move to overcome the Russia-U.S. deadlock over the missile defense, Moscow has reportedly come up with a new initiative: a global system to guard against missiles as well as asteroids and other threats from space....
The idea was put forward by Dmitry Rogozin, Moscow’s envoy to NATO, writes the daily [Kommersant], citing diplomatic sources.
The package of proposals has yet to be formalized. The idea has been nicknamed Strategic Defense of Earth as an allusion to The Strategic Defense Initiative better known as Star Wars suggested by former US President Ronald Reagan in 1983. The costly and highly-criticized plan for ground and space-based systems intended to make America invulnerable to nuclear attacks.
The point of the Russian Star Wars initiative is to focus on fighting threats coming from space rather than just missiles. The Washington-backed missile defense shield is customized purely for countering missiles launched somewhere in the Middle East, a source told Kommersant. Moscow proposes a different approach. It would be an integration of anti-aircraft, missile and space defenses.
Thereby, the system would be targeted against possible threats to Earth coming from space, including asteroids, comet fragments, and other alien bodies, the source is cited as saying. The system should be capable of both monitoring the space and destroying any dangerous objects as they approach our planet....
[The Russian] concept gives an opportunity to propose [to the US] an even more global task to save the world. And also do it together with us rather than on their own, Kommersant's informant noted.
According to the paper, President Dmitry Medvedev showed interest in the proposals and instructed Dmitry Rogozin and presidential aide Sergey Prikhodko to work further on the initiative."
This serves as a focal-point for the stark contrast among two options now on the table for the American people.
The only way to achieve the far better option, the collaboration of Russia, the USA, and China on the defense and the development of mankind, is to immediately remove that British puppet Barack Obama from office.
These Russian calls for cooperation, in the midst of their being threatened with war, serve to underscore the point that LaRouche's alternative program is immediately on the table, including the entire trans-Pacific orientation of mega-development-projects such as NAWAPA and the Bering Strait rail tunnel connection.
However, it all depends on the immediate removal of Obama from office. Otherwise the other option, World War, has already been set in motion.
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