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Pres. Trump's Break with the British Empire's 'Forever War' Policy—A Moment of Great Opportunity, and Great Danger

December 27, 2018
On December 26, 2018, President Trump and the First Lady made a surprise visit to US Troops in Iraq. (Livestream framegrab)
On December 26, 2018, President Trump and the First Lady made a surprise visit to US Troops in Iraq. (Livestream framegrab)

Yesterday President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania were in Iraq, visiting U.S. troops in Mosul. This unannounced trip comes amidst the lunatic reactions against Trump's historic announcement last week of intent to pull U.S. forces out of Syria—a break with the British Empire policy of "forever wars." Further, Trump has commissioned his military staff to draw up optional plans for an exodus of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Trump's actions and some other current events show great promise for the future, but at the same time great danger persists, and no one dare be complacent.

On Dec. 25, just days after Trump had made his announcement to pull out of Syria, six Israeli F-16 fighter planes launched missiles on Damascus-area targets, claiming Iranian military presence. The foray was done through Lebanon airspace, with the Israeli jets using the cover of two civilian passenger airliners (not Russian), which were on flight paths for airports in Beirut and Damascus. Recall that in September, a similar Israeli raid, using commercial flight paths as cover, resulted in a Russian transport plane being shot down accidentally by Syrian anti-aircraft fire. Because of this, Syrian anti-missile defenses and electronics had to be limited, to avoid endangering lives, resulting in some of the Israeli missiles hitting the Damascus targets. Lebanon has condemned the Israeli action, and is preparing an appeal to the U.N. Security Council. The Russian Foreign Ministry has issued a statement of grave concern about Israel's action.

This incident shows that the strategic situation remains very volatile.

In contrast, there are solid advances in the "New Silk Road" spirit of cooperation and development. Today in Kaesong, North Korea, delegations from North and South Korea met for a ceremony to launch the plan for re-opening the rail links from South Korea, through the North into Russia and China, linking to the New Silk Road Economic Belt to Europe. Preliminary studies were completed over the last six weeks, and now detailed blueprints and construction start-up depend on diplomacy for denuclearization and lifting of sanctions.

End-of-the-year reports highlight the progress on other continents. In Uganda, for example, President Yoweri Museveni reports that his nation will be transformed from the impact of new rail and road corridors, and 22 industrial parks, including a special agriculture/industrial park. China is in partnership to bring this about, although investment is wide open to others.

In Ibero-America, 16 nations have now joined the Belt and Road Initiative out of the 33 member nations of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC.)

The presence of both great opportunity and great danger is heightened by the fact of an impending crash of the London/Wall Street-centered monetarist financial system, which has run its course, with great destructive results, since Richard Nixon "pulled the plug" in 1971 on the the FDR-inspired Bretton Woods system for world advancement. The failure of the neo-liberal monetarist system is clear, and it is only a matter of time for the "everything bubble" to burst.

Now is the time for courage. It is the time to make widely known, and stand ready to employ, the method of the "LaRouche Four Laws" in the United States, and for a "New Bretton Woods" international creditary system — to ring in the New Year with a New Paradigm for mankind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

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