Zepp-LaRouche: After Liberation of Aleppo, Germany Can Shape G20 Agenda with a Marshall Plan

December 18, 2016

In a strategic overview article written Dec. 17 for Germany's weekly Neue Solidarität, German stateswoman Helga Zepp-LaRouche ridicules German government and intelligence officials for buying into the preposterous anti-Russian and anti-Putin campaign which President Obama has once again escalated, because they also identify with geopolitics.

On Syria, Zepp-LaRouche notes that the government, with the support of Russia and Iran, had to resort to a military solution "to free Aleppo and other parts of Syria from ISIS, Al Nusra and other terrorist groups," because President Obama's continued arming of such groups ruled out any other possibility. Moreover, she charged that those who refer to the "fall" of Aleppo, instead of its "liberation," are apparently all "siding with ISIS, i.e., the group which is responsible not only for countless deaths in the Middle East, but also for the terrorists attacks in France and Germany."

Unfortunately, "the tragedy of war is that in its course, horrors occur, especially when it rages on for many years and is in fact a proxy war instigated from the outside, and those horrors produce a never-ending chain of horrors. Therefore, it is all the more urgent now that all neighbors of the region, Russia, China, India, Iran, Egypt, but also Germany, France and Italy put large-scale reconstruction of the entire Middle East on the agenda." The fact that Donald Trump's National Security Advisor-designate, Gen. Michael Flynn (ret.), has called for a Marshall Plan for the Middle East, is duly noted, with the caveat that that "can only succeed if all the major powers cooperate and provide a true perspective for the future to the people of this devastated region. The concrete approach to be taken has long since been proposed by the Schiller Institute in its Phoenix Program for the Reconstruction of Aleppo and the Extension of the New Silk Road to Southwest Asia."

Today, it is just as urgent and necessary to implement "a comprehensive industrialization and development program for Africa. A first baby step in the right direction was just taken by German Development Minister Gerd Müller, who intends to motivate German entrepreneurs to invest more in Africa. That is progress at least compared to the funding from NGOs, whose Sunday sermons on democracy and human rights have brought next to nothing." Zepp-LaRouche notes that China, India and Japan are already active in Africa with "significant investments in infrastructure and industrial zones, while Africans speak openly among themselves of how the Europeans will soon have no relevance on the continent unless their indifference toward Africa changes very quickly."

As for Chancellor Merkel, she announced in a video message that Germany wants to make the development of Africa a major theme of the G20 Summit next July in Hamburg, which Germany will chair. "Preparations for this summit and then the summit itself could become a turning point for the reconstruction of the Middle East and the industrialization of Africa, but only if the German government adheres to the high standard set by China in the last G20 summit in Hangzhou, where President Xi Jinping pledged that China is committed to industrializing Africa."

On the contrary, Helga Zepp-LaRouche goes on to warn, if Merkel's Africa program fosters the approach of the "decarbonization of the world economy" laid out in a Dec. 13 press conference in Berlin, in anticipation of Germany's assuming the 2017 Presidency of the G20, by Joachim "John" Schellnhuber, CBE, and Dirk Messner, then "Germany will be discredited, the Asian countries will expand their influence in Africa and Europe will marginalize itself. The worldwide revolution underway is directed against that very, thinly disguised neo-colonial policy, for which Schellnhuber is exemplary."

Germany could meet the challenges of the year 2017 in a very different ways, concludes Helga Zepp-LaRouche, namely by taking up China's offer for win-win cooperation in building the New Silk Road, as promoted by EIR and the Schiller Institute. In that way, Germany could become "a force for the good" in 2017.