Can ‘The West’ Learn? What Afghanistan Needs Now!

By Helga Zepp-LaRouche

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The catastrophic failure of NATO in Afghanistan, and with it the policy of 20 years of wars of intervention, couldn’t be more dramatic. It is not only that the war was lost; it is paradigmatic for the whole spectrum of misconceptions of the Western liberal system. It is therefore to be welcomed when President Biden announces that the withdrawal from Afghanistan marks the end of the entire era of the use of American military power with the aim of “remaking” other countries. But if this reorientation only means that we will no longer busy ourselves out in the boondocks with the “endless wars,” but instead will concentrate all forces on the “new challenges”—namely the confrontation with Russia and China—then the lesson from this shameful disaster has not been learned and we are embarking on an even worse catastrophe. But the wound is still fresh, the shock of defeat has shaken the whole Western world and the chance exists for a completely new approach.

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End of an Era? The Futility of Endless War Sinks In

by Harley Schlanger


Kabul, Afghanistan. August 17, 2021. U.S. Marine Corps photo by 1st Lt. Mark Andries

Sept. 3—On August 31, just hours after the last U.S. plane left the Karzai International Airport in Kabul in keeping with President Biden’s withdrawal deadline, he defended that decision in an address to the American people. “The decision about Afghanistan,” the President said, “is not just about Afghanistan. It’s about ending an era of major military operations to remake other countries.” Biden’s statement, if followed through, represents what the Schiller Institute’s President Helga Zepp-LaRouche called a “phase change in international politics.” Since the collapse of the Soviet Union from 1989-91, U.S. policy has been shaped by a triumphalism predicated on the belief that America was now the world’s only superpower.

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Leaving Afghanistan, Returning To Reason: The American System Rescue and Recovery Mission

It is time, in the context of the American military withdrawal from Afghanistan, to turn the attention of bamboozled Americans to the task of reacquainting our nation with the American System of physical economy, as expressed in the LaRouche Four Laws. Simultaneously, we must also cure the widespread addiction to self-destructive ideas and practices, the tragic effect caused by a genetic defect in today’s "entertainment culture."

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Revenge Never Ends—Escape Tragedy Through a Commitment to the Future

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The American and NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the entire 20-year military occupation there, are widely recognized as the worst disaster in NATO’s history.

But have the lessons from his failure been learned?

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The British Empire Senses Its Pending Doom

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The level of panic, and outright horror, being expressed by leading spokesmen for the British Empire, is unprecedented in modern times. Perhaps a review of the British press in October 1781, following Cornwallis’s surrender at Yorktown, would find a similar public gnashing of teeth. Perhaps also in April 1865, when the Empire’s Confederate Army under Robert E. Lee surrendered to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, ending the Empire’s last great hope for the military destruction of the Union. Since then, the Empire has depended on subversion rather than military power. In the Great War, the British succeeded in dragging the racist, Anglophile Woodrow Wilson into saving them at the last moment, while in World War II Franklin Roosevelt joined the war only because the Frankenstein monster the City of London had created in Germany was an even greater danger—and he forced the British to accept an alliance with the Soviet Union and China, without which the war would possibly have been lost.

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Mother Nature Teaches Us that LaRouche's Economics Are the Only Option... Again

Last night, Paul Gallagher of Executive Intelligence Review discussed the difference seen in the relatively devastating hurricanes over the past week. Contrary to most discussion about these, it was not man-made "climate change" which was the issue here, but rather man-made "sanity-change" which caused us to not learn the lessons of the necessity for adequate flood control and infrastructure.

In this respect, consider the Afghanistan pivot as a decision point in world history, as Helga LaRouche pointed out 2 months ago, which can be influenced by the heavy power of ideas. Lyndon LaRouche's spectre looms large over the planet today, and is a force we should all learn to wield.

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Friday Questions: What Have We Learned from the End of the 20-Year War in Afghanistan?

What does it mean to say that we have reached the "end of an era"?  It's good we are no longer putting U.S. troops in harm's way in Afghanistan.  But was this merely a way of shifting troops to beef up the military deployment to contain and confront Russia and China?  Or is it possible to really end the era of geopolitical provocations, and live in a world committed to peace and economic cooperation?  What the war hawks and proponents of empire fear is that the American people will rally behind a rejection of the policies of the last thirty years, of a "unipolar" world controlled by U.S. military power deployed under City of London and Wall Street direction, and instead restore the American system of physical economy at home, and collaborate with other nations for mutual benefit. 
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Zepp-LaRouche: ‘Get the Solutions Out Front’

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On Aug. 31, the day the U.S. completed its pull-out of evacuees and military forces from Afghanistan after 20 years, President Joe Biden spoke in a national address, of the “end of an era.” The same day in Afghanistan, the Taliban held two press conferences in Kabul—one at the international airport, and one at the national TV building, at which leaders announced their commitment to Afghanistan’s sovereignty, building its economy, asking for international support, and or the return of Afghans to build their nation.

“Get the solutions out front,” was the urgent call to action today, by Schiller Institute President Helga Zepp-LaRouche. This is a turning-point moment, she stressed. There are the immediate humanitarian needs in Afghanistan, as well as ongoing crises from the pandemic and famine worldwide which must have attention, and there is the necessity to launch infrastructure-building for basic livelihoods and the future. In the forefront is the necessity to build capacity to provide world health security. All this requires international collaboration.

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A New Era Beckons: Will Peaceful Cooperation Replace Imperial Regime Change Wars?

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9/11 Was Preventable!

With all the hand-wringing and finger-pointing over events of the last two weeks in Afghanistan, two pivotal questions are not being discussed: Why were we there?; and what comes next?  The LaRouche Organization insists that, until the truth about what happened on 9/11 becomes known, the same disastrous mistakes will be made again, next time on an even larger scale.  Further, were these wars really mistakes, or instead were they deliberately designed, to keep the U.S. permanently ensnared in "endless wars"?  
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