The Schiller Institute opened its international conference with participants from about 30 countries under this theme at Floersheim, near Wiesbaden, this Saturday morning with a passionate keynote by the Institute's president Helga Zepp-LaRouche. She elaborated at quite some detail on the two existential threats posed to mankind on this globe: 1) the dynamic leading into a new world war, resembling the situation leading into World War I over 100 years ago, and 2) the collapse dynamic of the transatlantic monetarist system, including the system of the euro. The City of London and Wall St. are threatening the lives of billions of people, and mankind is faced with total extinction through a new world war which would be thermonuclear, therefore most urgently, mankind needs to have a new paradigm of politics and economics, Helga said.
Preparations for war on Iran are still going on, the war danger has not been averted , and all that although the NIE has stated not to have any evidence of any nuclear bomb existing in Iran. But there is no broad public debate on that, unlike during the Cuban Missiles Crisis 50 years ago, therefore people must be shaken up to face the reality. All of this came about because the great chance of 1990-91 to build, after the Iron Curtain fell, a new world of peace and development, Helga said, going through some history of the neo-con projects of geopolitics that have dominated western politics since—with the exception of the Clinton years. Western politics have followed the Blair Doctrine, and had there not been Dempsey's interventions, or the one by ex-ambassador Chas Freeman recently, we already would have war.
Solutions to get out of this existential mess must be proposed on a higher level, restoring the main principles of the Treaty of Westphalia: forgiveness, pursing the benefit of the other, the role of state for development. Helga then elaborated on the rich history of science and culture in the extended Mideastern region, where the heritage of Platonism survived during the dark periods in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire, and elaborated on the great water projects in the tradition of the FDR TVA-NAWAPA, GAP, Aral Sea, LaRouche's Oasis Plan, the crucial bridge projects at Bab el Mandeb or Hormuz, or rail projects like the one at Mashad. As for the USA, it must go back to the principles of the founding fathers, Lincoln and FDR. But productive credit is needed, it is the precondition of any real development.
There is yet another threat to mankind, the extraterrestrial one posed by asteroids which must be deterred by the SDE, which Helga also elaborated on, recalling Cusa's vis creativa, the creativity of man which is visible in the Curiosity Mission on Mars right now. Just think of how far mankind has advanced since the stone age, and think about where it can be a thousand years from now, once these existential threats are removed. Helga said she wants the audience to return home from this conference upset and worried, so that people change the world for good.
Helga's keynote was followed by a presentation delivered by Iran's Ambassador to Germany, Ali Rheza Sheikh Attar, who first introduced the extended Mideast region as one that is actually a bridge between three continents: Africa, Asia, Europe. It is the cradle of civilization, of the three Abrahamic religions, and it is the source of two thirds of crude oil for the world. The problems in this region emerged mainly from the Crusades—the first clash of civilizations—and the artificial divide and rule imposed by Sykes-Picot after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. These geopolitics were continued by the military coup against Mossadegh, by the Iraqi war on Iran, by the creation of sectarian and separatist groups, particularly the Vahabists under British promotion, the bogeyman of the alleged „Shiite Crescent“. Double standards are practiced by the West in the crises of Gaza, Bahrain, Syria, with old conflicts in the region never solved, but new ones continuously added, even at billions of dollars of cost for the West and the Mideast. One should be aware that frustration leads people to become extremists and terrorist, Attar warned.
As for Iran, it pursues the principle, as laid down in the Non-Proliferation Treaty which (unlike Israel) it signed, namely that peaceful nuclear technology is made available for all, whereas nuclear weapons should not be available for anyone. The Iranian approach is based on the respect of law, of religion, of human life most of all—irrespective of religion or other differences. Attar gave the example of the Jewish Hospital in Tehran, which is providing medicals services to predominantly Muslim patients, and in the Iranian national parliament, the Christian and Jewish minorities are represented, unlike Egypt or other states in the region where they aren't. And where are those rights to democracy, which are denied to the peoples of Saudi Arabia or Bahrain, Attar asked.
Attar then elaborated on several grand projects of water development, like the Caspian-Gulf Canal, the Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Iran project, as well as the real infrastructure development which Iran has done in Afghanistan's western province of Herat.
A presentation by Hussein Askary, chairman of the LaRouche movement's EAP party in Sweden, concluded the first conference session. He pointed out that many crucial projects are already underway, what is missing is the global perspective, which comes in with the question what the purpose of human life is at all. Krafft Ehricke already said that the world is vastly underpopulated, which has to do with the lack of crucial infrastructure and wrong policies. In the Mideast, there are for example these giant sand storms, which only leave a small „Fertile Crescent“ to humans to live there, and the desert areas keep expanding. Agriculture exposed to the hot temperatures, the sand storms and the lack of water and shadow is impossible, and the desalination procedure practiced in Saudi Arabia which does 50 percent of this technology globally but does it with power from oil and gas is inefficient, one needs nuclear power for that. But the aquifers are important, too, they do however have to do with the global system of watersheds, which become visible only by mapping from space. There are enormous water resources deep under the deserts, for example in Darfur in Sudan, where an underground lake exists as large as Lake Erie in North America, or another one of that kind under the Saudi desert. If one taps these resources and combines them with hydroponic technologies in greenhouses or pipeline-connected fields that bring the water directly to the roots of plants, no water is lost, one could use also the 90 percent which evaporate in traditional agriculture. This principle of water-flux density can feed the world, and will improve the social cohesion of states and whole regions, which today are plagued by the fact that most conflicts erupt over the access to water. These new approaches will tap the unused human resources of the presently poor states which usually have a better-educated population than the rich states where education plays less a role than oligarchical rule. That nation is really rich, actually, the people of which makes the best and efficient use of its resources, for the common good of all, Askary said using a quote from Wilhelm Kardorff, the main proponent of the American System of economics in the Germany of the 19th century.