+++ 18. Oktober 2012 +++
Helga Zepp-LaRouche Addresses Rhodes Forum
on Avoiding War Danger and Building a Renaissance
The World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" held its 10th annual conference on the island of Rhodes, Oct. 3-8, attended by some 500 participants from the politics, economics, culture and science from all five continents. Founded 10 years ago by Vladimir Yakunin, currently CEO of the Russian State Railways, and the late Jagdish C. Kapur, then president of the Kapur Surya Foundation in India, in the wake of shock over the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Forum is dedicated to promoting an unprejudiced dialogue among civilizations and religions. The conference this year took place in an international environment characterized by the heightened danger of a major war in the nearby Mideastern-Persian Gulf region, which could be the trigger to World War III.
That danger was addressed in the conference's opening session, with a video by prominent globalization critic and anti-war activist Noam Chomsky of the United States, and by Prof. Fred Dallmayr of Notre Dame University, Indiana, at a conference round-table, which was dedicated to the memory of Kapur.
At the closing plenary session of the conference, Schiller Institute founder and president Helga Zepp-LaRouche also gave an extensive briefing on the threat of global nuclear war, and pointed to the pathway to avoid it (more below). Her warning was covered in a wire by RIA Novosti Oct. 7.
Coverage of the conference was almost absent in the mainstream western media, with the exception of an exclusive interview which Germany's leading news weekly Der Spiegel did with Yakunin on Oct. 12. This interview, in which Yakunin was introduced as an intimate collaborator of President Putin and could extensively warn about the danger of general war, represents an important albeit isolated element of sanity.
Zepp-LaRouche stressed in her intervention that to overcome the twofold threat to mankind of thermonuclear world war and the systemic economic crisis, "we need a plan for peace for the 21st century, a vision, which simultaneously inspires the imagination and hopes of man." While hunger and poverty continue to grow throughout the world, a large-scale development strategy is needed, "building on the ideas of the UN Development Decades of the 1950s and '60s, rejecting completely the paradigm change of the past 40-50 years as the wrong track, and thus reviving the idea of 'Peace Through Development'."
The way to do it, she said, is through implementation of the great infrastructure projects, such as the expansion of the Eurasian Land-Bridge into a World Land-Bridge. There are, in particular, "two large regions of this planet where lack of development cries for vengeance, one being the African continent, that was never allowed to recuperate from the centuries-long colonial exploitation; and the second being the Near and Middle East, which are currently way behind their golden periods, when Baghdad was the center of world culture, or when Pamyra Tadmur in Syria was a pearl on the ancient Silk Road. We must put on the agenda for discussion a vision for an economic and cultural Renaissance for these regions, representing an element of reason at a higher level than the local, ethnic, and historic conflicts. Were the representatives of a group of large nations to bring such a message to the world community, showing that in fact, there is a real alternative that would make possible the survival of all people on this planet, then that element of hope could be brought into the debate, which is presently completely lacking."
Helga Zepp-LaRouche's speech and article on the conference are available in German at: http://www.solidaritaet.com/neuesol/2012/42/hzl-rhodos.htm and http://www.solidaritaet.com/neuesol/2012/42/hzl.htm.
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