LaRouche: To Stop a War In the Balkans, Keep Holbrooke Out!
January 18, 2008 (LPAC)--Asked by a former director of the Serbian Unity Congress how to stop the mounting danger of a new Balkans war, Lyndon LaRouche answered: "Now, my first thing is, keep Holbrooke the hell out of there, and anybody like him. Because they're out to start the war! Not to fight it, but to start it."
Speaking on an international webcast Jan. 17 from Washington, LaRouche developed the history of America's failures in the Balkans as an extension of British imperial policy in the region. "Well, first of all, you had Madeleine Halfbright, otherwise known as Madeleine Albright. While she was Secretary of State, she gave an address, I believe it was New York City, in honor of the H G Wells Association, of which she is a member, and which her father, who was the teacher of our present Condoleezza Rice, is also. The other key figure to look at in this connection is [richard] Holbrooke, who was a key figure in the mess which occurred in the Balkans in the earlier phase of warfare there.
"Then you have to look back. You have to look back to the policy of the Hapsburg Empire and the heritage it passed on to Great Britain, and the history of this whole process, which was a cockpit. And you have to locate this in reality, which means you have to shift your focus somewhat from the point you were making to a different point of focus, because the British rarely fight their own wars. They get other people to fight each other, as you saw with the Seven Years War, and that sort of thing, or with the world wars, so-called World War I and World War II, as you saw with the effect of the conflict with the Soviet Union, which was already orchestrated in the same way. The same conflict you see orchestrated by the Sikes-Picot Treaty in Southwest Asia, which is still run by the British. The British run that place; they run whole sections of religious bodies and so forth in that region. And now again, since they're trying to start a war with Russia, they go back to the legacy of 1912, and they start a Balkan war, again and again and again.... The way empires are managed is by orchestrating conflicts, and the genius of avoiding empire and avoiding these conflicts is to find ways to orchestrate the situation to prevent these conflicts from starting. Because once ignited, they are difficult to stop."
The British are "out to have a war with Russia, or to get the United States to fight a war with Russia," LaRouche said. "And the truth of the situation is, what the HELL interest do these people have in killing each other? None!... What we need is a regional agreement, really, like a Treaty of Westphalia kind of agreement, in terms of the entire region, and it should be sponsored by powers.
"I would hope that Russia would play a significant role in that, given the opportunity to do so. For example, Western Europe doesn't function right now. Doesn't function at all. There's no government in Western Europe. It's a Maastricht government. It's a Tower of Babel.... Therefore Russia has a very crucial role, and I would hope that the United States, despite-- remember, one thing about the United States. As bum as our President is, as bum as some of the others are, in our institutions in the United States, there is included a roster of people to which I am attached. People who are veterans of wars, or other kinds of things, who are generally patriots of the United States, who are concerned about the country, its responsibilities and so forth, and who think about the future of the planet, as the best of us did. We care, and we have some influence.... They have been the major block against the poor lunatic President getting us into a war with Iran, so far. It's not guaranteed, but so far it's worked. So therefore, there are forces in the United States who have the sense to care about this kind of situation, in the Balkans as elsewhere, and to use our good offices and to talk to Russia, and to talk to other countries in the region, to say we have to have a solution that does not lead to more killing. It's our best shot.
"And then, on that point, we have to lead to the question of rebuilding the area. Look, here you have all these nice rivers, these mountains and so forth. It has tremendous potential for development, agriculture and other development. Why can't the development of the region be the unifying factor of cooperation, and let a couple of generations pass of peaceful construction to sort the mess out? That's the way it works."