and setup for the exploration:
Did you ever
wonder how the Soviet Union was coerced to
destroy its future and play an active role in collapsing civilization?
America's Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI)
that had been supported by President
Regan, was a proposed technological system conceptualized by the
American economist and statesman, Lyndon LaRouche. It was designed to disable nuclear weapons
in space. As a proposal, it stood like a ray of light in the doomsday
era of the Cold War of the 1980s. It was designed to effectively eradicate
intercontinental missiles in space for the defence of all mankind.
The SDI was
envisioned to become cooperatively developed and operated by the USA, the
USSR, and other nations, for the protection of the entire world until
the world's nuclear arms would be laid aside. It would have opened up a
new era of science-driven economic development across the entire planet,
even a cooperative world-renaissance.
The new rising
Ice Age Challenge offers a similar incentive. The challenge is so great
that it can only be met with worldwide scientific, technological, and
economic cooperation. All nations are affected by the Ice Age Challenge,
and no nation can meet the challenge alone. In this context it becomes
highly useful to take a look back at the historic SDI concept and its
The SDI concept was
initially accepted by the USSR early during the Regan years. Then it was
suddenly rejected by the Soviets. The SDI concept was essentially
scrapped by the Soviets with their rejection, before it
was officially cancelled in the USA, through some elements of the idea
were continued. The blocking of the SDI also came with the additional request
attached, by the Soviets, that LaRouche be
eliminated. He was subsequently incarcerated.
discussion in the novel, unfolds in a fictional setting, in Moscow, over
dinner at the Sevens Heaven Restaurant 900 feet above the city on the
Ostankino tower. The dialog is between Antonovna (Anton) from Moscow and
the protagonist, an American diplomat.
"I can't believe this," Anton interjected. "Our country wouldn't reject such a great chance to live in peace and prosper by it."
"It did so, Anton. That's history. The rejection was probably in response to western oligarchic coercion. Many powerful people in the world wanted to keep the East/West isolation alive. They profit from it. And they definitely don't want peace. They are actively escalating the tensions. They would love to see our two nations to be destroyed, that stand in the way of their world-empire dreams. They were, and still are, hoping that we would destroy one-another, after which they would rule over what is left. They are scared to death of the potential for an economic renaissance that LaRouche offered, that a serious Soviet and American cooperation would invariably create. The private financial world-empire wouldn't have a hope then to continue their looting of the world. They wouldn't be able to stand against a rapidly unfolding renaissance sweeping across the entire planet. The empire can only thrive in a world of weak and poor people, impotent people, that they can press into slavery-like servitude. That is why they hate scientific and technological progress. They fear it. The fear it, because any profound commitment in this sphere of humanist progress, would lead to global economic development and a new renaissance that would likely never end. They fear that kind of progressive development and fight it anywhere in the world for this reason. It runs totally against the grain of their imperial looting objectives. The renaissance that would have resulted from Mr. LaRouche's proposal would have shut all the empires down. That is why the SDI project was torn down from within, and why it subsequently failed, Anton. The SDI that you had rightfully feared, was a perversion. The original SDI had never been implemented. It hadn't been allowed to be implemented. Nor was the Soviet Union allowed to accept the American offer of the original SDI proposal. What LaRouche had proposed, and America had offered the Soviets, would have run in every aspect against the world-imperial interests. For this reason, the man LaRouche is now locked up in jail. The Soviets wanted him killed. They were taught to fear his idea. President Regan had intervened to prevent the killing, but he didn't have the power to override the forces that tried to silence him. And so he remains in jail."
"What then did you shut down in Venice? We had celebrated your success in shutting the SDI project down, Peter. People have celebrated your achievement all over the world."
I looked away in shame. "I have helped to shut down nothing more than the perversion of a grand idea, Anton. As I said, the SDI was never implemented. It was turned upside down and turned into a tool for creating more tensions. It had to be shut down. But that shouldn't be taken as a cause for celebration. The people of the world should have cried. The SDI idea was designed to uplift and protect the world. I should not have shut it down, I should have fought to resurrect the project as it had been envisioned. It was a crime to shut it down. I should have exposed the perversion and inspired the whole world to implement the original idea. I was put on the world stage to scrap the idea. I should have used the opportunity to do something great. Unfortunately, I missed that boat."
"Maybe you are lucky you missed the boat," Anton interjected. "You might be sharing LaRouche's cell by now, or you might be having a cell of your own in the graveyard."
"Actually we all missed the boat. We missed the opportunity a long time ago. Mankind should have latched onto the idea and carried it forward. So, the grand opportunity was missed long before Venice. What we did in Venice was nothing more than an emergency response to the Soviet Union's insane attack on America with a nuclear cruise missile that had been launched from a fishing trawler. By some freak coincidence, a few friends and I saw the missile being launched right off the shore of our coastal monitoring station in North Carolina. We saw the cruise missile coming towards us. We observed it from our balcony after dinner. Luckily, we were able to alert a few people that were eventually able to shoot it down. But before it was shot down, Anton, this thing had come within a few miles of Washington DC., our capital. In the shadow of this near hit on our capital, the president decided that we had to give something to the Soviet Union to ease the strategic pressure we had created by building this missile shield all by ourselves."
"So you are a hero after all, Peter. You did something great for mankind at a time of great need."
I shrugged my shoulders. "Whatever strategic progress had been made by America, when we developed the SDI as a shield against the Soviet Union, had boxed the Soviet leaders in, into an impossible situation for anyone to tolerate. Evidently the isolation created unmanageable tensions and unnecessary dangers to everyone. Canceling the SDI had been intended to bridge the isolation of our two nations to some degree, even if it meant giving up a perfectly achievable defensive system. Of course when we announced the cancellation in Venice, I had no idea how dangerous that would be."
I told Anton how we were warned in Venice by a servant of the fondi, who said emphatically that the cancellation would play into their hands, that it would advance the fondi's goals. I told Anton about the death threats I received afterwards from the fondi for having done what they didn't want to be done.
"What would you have done in my stead?" I asked her. "Would you have shut the SDI project down as your government had ordered, a system that had been so deeply perverted that it had the opposite effect to what had been intended? Would you have shut this thing down, Anton, even if it meant standing in opposition against the entire scientific community that loved the SDI challenge, and kick them into the teeth at their own annual world conference? That's what I had been ordered to do. Would you have done it even with death threats against you? I did this without thinking. I made myself a marked enemy of the biggest private empire on the planet."
"You just proved that I am right. You are the hero, as I said," said Anton.
I shook my head. "No Anton, I'm not a hero. I only did what needed to be done. LaRouche is the hero that you should admire. He came up with the cooperative development proposal. When he personally presented the proposal to the Soviet leadership on behalf of the American government, he did it against the same kind of death threats and against all the odds of it ever being accepted. He laid his life on the line for the off chance that he might succeed. And it nearly worked. Of course he knew that the proposal would make him the number one enemy of a lot of powerful people in America and Russia and elsewhere. Both of our nations have large institutions that have a vested interest in keeping the East/West tensions alive. They are essentially 'alien' institutions by design, working against our nations from within."
"You say that LaRouche knew that he ran the risk of being put in jail or being assassinated?" Anton interjected.
"He was warned on several occasions to keep his mouth shut, Anton. The imperials wanted to keep the nuclear standoff alive. LaRouche chose to take the risk. He could not betray mankind. My friend Steve had a long conversation with him. Steve contacted him sitting in jail in America. He told Steve that he had been fully aware of the dangers to himself. He said that he had to risk the danger and act responsibly. He felt that there was a chance, slim as it might be, that his idea might inspire mankind to work its way out of its terribly dangerous crisis. As I said, his plan nearly worked. Steve told me that the man had acted out of a deep love for mankind, and out of a deep love for his own humanity. He couldn't have done anything less without betraying that love and thereby betray himself in the process. As it turned out, he wasn't assassinated. It nearly happened. The executioners were on the way. Fortunately for him, the President who had authorized the SDI, who got wind of the attempt on LaRouche's life, had been able to call the assassination off. So LaRouche ended up in jail where he remains incarcerated on a fifteen-year sentence. Right now a large number of intellectuals and elected officials from all over the world are actively lobbying the U.S. government to have him exonerated. But this too won't be allowed to happen. The imperials within our walls, who are the real rulers of our country, won't allow the exoneration to happen, no matter who signs it."
I paused. What could I add?
"So tell me, what options did the man have?" I asked Anton. "To do nothing, wasn't an option he could have chosen. He had a golden opportunity to make the world a safer place for all mankind. He couldn't throw this opportunity away no matter what it would cost him in consequences. He had to do it. That's the mark of a hero. And he had nearly been successful. The Soviets had actually welcomed the idea at first until they were coerced to reject it. He had also told the Soviet leadership at this time that if they should reject his proposal and choose to pursue a similar development effort on their own, the extraordinary demands that such a huge project would impose, would wreck the Soviet Union's economy in five years. That's presently your greatest danger, Anton."
Anton didn't reply or even protest.
"I have put myself on the line against the entire scientific community of physicists that had labored on the SDI project for several years," I continued. "I told them that their game was over. I told them that the decision had been made by the President elect, to cancel the SDI, in order to ease the pressure it has placed on the Soviet Union. My announcement of the cancellation of the SDI might yet enable the Soviet Union to survive, if it follows the same course. But I can't say that what I did was an act of heroism. What I did was nothing more than what any alert human being would have done under the same circumstances. My friend Steve had softened the impact of the cancellation on the scientific community, by giving the physicists a new and much bigger problem to solve. His challenge helped them to get their minds off the SDI. He told them that mankind urgently needs to create the technologies and the infrastructures for indoor agriculture, and to have the whole thing in place in less than a hundred years when the next Ice Age cycle could potentially begin. The earth has had repeated Ice Age cycles for the last two million years. The scientists are aware of this. Of course, Steve's daring demand that they acknowledge this fact, has put both of us into deep trouble with the Fondi Empire on that count as well. A high-level representative of the Fondi Empire summoned me to a meeting where he demanded that I join them and become a traitor to undo what I had done. He threatened that they would kill me if I refused. Well they haven't killed me yet, and hell will freeze over before I consider joining them. For that, perhaps, you may call me a hero."
"But that's reckless behavior, not heroism, Peter. Tell me, is this kind of reckless behavior the American way?" Anton began to laugh.
"It used to be the American way," I said with a smile. "Unfortunately, most people have become cowards. People sooner let the world go to hell, even if this will kill them, then to raise one finger to protect the world in which they live. They allow themselves to be ruled by greed, contrary to their humanity. People have become imperial and fascist in their thinking and behavior. A person can't be imperial and fascist in his thinking and acting, and be an immortal person all at the same time, who is reaching forward with love to give future generations a chance to exist. The imperials' hate love. They fight it. They won't let it reach beyond the tip of their finger, much less a hundred years into the future to generations yet unborn. It appears that the Ice Age Renaissance project that Steve and I had put on the table in Venice, will likely fizz out into nothing and will die under the imperial crushing stone, just like the original SDI idea died out long before it could be implemented. If the nukes don't get us, Anton, which we thereby tolerate, then the resuming Ice Age will surely get us that we are coerced in their shadow to enter unprepared. That's the risk we take as a human society if we tolerate small-minded thinking. All of mankind should be heroes and take incredible risks to save its civilization and its future. But there are no heroes, or far too few. And so we are heading towards a certain doom with no one even protesting. LaRouche's SDI renaissance proposal, and the Ice Age renaissance that Steve and I put forward in Venice, were both designed to uplift the world out of its rut. They were both incredibly risky. But that risk was minuscule in comparison with the risk mankind is taking daily by living in the shadow of 65,000 nuclear weapons that it lacks the honesty, the wisdom, and the courage to lay aside."