Either the lunatics are running the collective madhouse of the West, or, as Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on 22 March, “I feel as if I have arrived in another galaxy”.

By Sara Madueño Paulet

It is “unthinkable”, he said, “that they are talking about the possibility of sending troops to fight in Ukraine, which could trigger World War III”. This is “a spiral of war”… “If a NATO country launches military operations against Russia, it will mean the beginning of World War III”. Fortunately, “Hungary is not at war with Russia, our government has a sober attitude and we are talking about a ceasefire and peace talks,” Orbán clarified.

The collective West is despairing of what is about to happen, as more and more voices are recognizing: that Ukraine, even with all the “support” NATO gives it, cannot defeat Russia. For example, retired German general Harold Kujat has said that if Ukraine does not negotiate, it might as well not exist. So has Elon Musk, whose Starlink system is crucial to Ukraine’s military activities.

But in the other galaxy, the warmongering tone of French President Emanuel Macron, who threatens Russia with a leg up, said on 26 February that “France and other NATO countries are ready to send troops and reinforce by sending troops to Ukraine” and that “France could immediately send 2,000 soldiers to Ukraine”. On 16 March, in an interview in Berlin, hours before he was due to meet the heads of government of Germany, Olaf Scholz, and Poland, Macron continued the same discourse, saying that Paris was “ready to use all necessary means to ensure that Russia does not win the war in Ukraine, including sending troops”.

In the same galaxy as Macron, General Pierre Schill, the French army chief of staff continued to boast in an opinion piece in Le Monde on 19 March that “the French army is ready… it is preparing for the toughest conflicts”. Paris could assemble a 20,000-strong division in 30 days and a 60,000-strong army by combining divisions from other NATO allies.

Dissonant statements. The day after the Berlin meeting, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz put them in their place by declaring that ‘it is clear that we support Ukraine and that we are not at war with Russia’. Italy’s Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, in a clear reference to Macron’s bluster, also rejected the possibility of the Italian army or NATO entering Ukraine to fight against Russia: “Our military are bearers of peace, guarantees, and freedom. We are not at war with Russia,” he said.

Similarly, and to allay the paranoia of those from the other galaxy, Dutch Admiral Ron Bauer, chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, told reporters in Latvia on 29 March that “there are no indications that Russia is planning to attack any NATO member state”. Yes, he insisted, he did not believe there was “a direct threat”, but suggested that “Russia’s ambitions go beyond Ukraine”. Bauer said this meant the US-led military bloc should be better prepared for a possible confrontation.

Collective Western aim: to dismember Russia

The provocative onslaught against Russia by the collective West, unveiled by Helga Zepp LaRouche on 27 March, is part of the operation to destabilize and dismantle Russia, and ultimately dismember it into 12 or more pieces, as proposed by the Jamestown Foundation; through the organization called the ‘Post-Russia Free Nations Forum’. The Russians are well aware of this. But my interpretation of the situation is that anyone toying with the use of nuclear weapons is clinically insane.

NATO, step on the ground! The US will not help Europe if there is a war.

It’s as simple as that, said Armin Papperger, CEO of Rheinmetall, Germany’s largest arms manufacturer, in Germany, the Financial Times reported on April 1: For decades, leaders on the European continent have taken it for granted that Washington would come to their aid in the event of a military threat, but “that will no longer happen”,

Now, “the US is more focused on the Asia-Pacific region than on Europe,” Papperger noted, so that in the event of an armed conflict on the European continent, “the US will focus on Asia, and then Europe will be left all alone,” he said. Europe, he added, “has at least a decade before it can defend itself without US help”.

The UN’s Guterres: “The doomsday clock is ringing in everyone’s ears.

NATO’s brazen provocation of Russia could spiral out of control. That is why, on 18 March, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged nuclear disarmament in an open debate on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation: “We meet today at a time when geopolitical tensions and mistrust have raised the risk of nuclear war to its highest level in decades. The Doomsday Clock is ticking loud enough for all to hear” … The possession of nuclear weapons is “immoral”, as Pope Francis says … Humanity is calling for a step back from the brink. And what is the answer? The nuclear weapon states are absent from the dialogue table. Investment in the instruments of war outstrips investment in the instruments of peace. Arms budgets are growing, while budgets for diplomacy and development are shrinking”.

Nations “must work together again to develop transparency and confidence-building measures to prevent any use of a nuclear weapon…”; “The responsibility to act extends (also) to non-nuclear-weapon states… to ensure that nuclear disarmament is verifiable and irreversible. Join us in holding the nuclear weapon states accountable”.

Dialogue is urgent, Guterres added, it must focus on valuing and developing people for their skills, talents, and genius. A cynical dog-eat-dog mentality, where the only way to get ahead is to pull someone else down, has led to a terrible specter of famine, death, and thermonuclear annihilation.

It is in the context of this strategic situation that the IPC and the Schiller Institute are organizing an international conference on 13 April” with high-level speakers, experts from different countries in the region, experts in water, desalination, nuclear energy, all sorts of aspects of the implementation of the Oasis Plan. Let’s build this conference together: Let’s build a movement for peace through development.

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Sara Madueño Paulet Pressenza collaborator, EIRNS correspondent in Peru and IPC member.