Why Did Moses Take Forty Years?By David Shavin
March 23—Forty years ago today, President Reagan shocked the world, announcing that the United States would make nuclear weapons “impotent and obsolete,” employing advanced scientific principles (lasers, plasma physics, electromagnetic pulses, etc.) to make it an order of magnitude cheaper to kill missiles than to build them. Further, the strategic defense systems would be provided to the Russians—then the communist U.S.S.R. Reagan had adopted the program as designed, laid out, and campaigned for by Lyndon LaRouche.
To accomplish the actual program, a full-scale scientific mobilization—bigger than the famous “Apollo” program of John F. Kennedy—one that would have addicted the U.S. economy to real development of industry, agriculture, and public infrastructure; not the financial speculation, bank bailouts, military adventures, ‘regime changes’ and drug epidemics of the last forty years.
A president of the United States, both with JFK and Reagan, showed strategic and bold leadership, not for empire, but for the republic.
This is not a fairy tale. It had better not be, because the U.S., along with the other nations of “the West”—the Global Minority—will be left in the dust, unless it gets a grip on itself, slaps itself in the face, awakens from its nightmare, and gets addicted to real strategic leadership once again.
Today, also, Russia’s TASS featured an interview with Helga Zepp-LaRouche, in which she sounded the trumpet call on the need, and the implicit capability, to fully reject the strategic blindness and stupidity of recent times, and make a conscious, deliberate decision, as the Bible puts it, to choose good, not evil.
Today, also, peace broke out in the long-simmering, sometimes violent confrontations of Armenia and Azerbaijan. Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan announced that the protracted conflict with Azerbaijan is over: “There will be a peace treaty between Armenia and Azerbaijan.” The treaty will be based “on joint official statements adopted at the highest level…. There won’t be a new escalation!”
Today, also, Saudi Arabia is holding discussions with Syria on mending eleven years of opposition—including Saudi funding to overthrow Syria. They plan to announce the re-establishment of diplomatic relations shortly. Both developments—Armenia-Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia-Syria—are thought to have been brokered by Moscow, but they both come in the wake of the shocking Chinese-brokered breakthrough with Shi’a-dominated Iran and Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia. London and Washington have been caught with their pants down in their “Peace-is-impossible, don’t-you-know, Middle East.” Maybe it’s time to review what Putin and Xi were discussing earlier this week.
Today, Mexico’s Lopez Obrador, after reaming out the lying hypocrisy of the United States’ State Department for daring to dictate “morality” and concern for “human rights” to any country that it wanted to destroy, called upon the better angel of the nature of the U.S. republic, harkening back to Abraham Lincoln’s union with Mexico’s Benito Juarez, fighting for republics free of imperialist control from France and Britain.
Today—except for France’s Macron facing over a million people demonstrating and demanding that he resign—was a pretty good day. Perhaps it is time to confront the stupid gossip and lies that have kept the West bound to a dirty, dirty cultural pessimism, a dirty and ugly view of mankind, a filthy existentialism. After all, Moses led the slaves through the desert for forty years, for the need of ridding the people of slavish habits and thinking. You might argue that it never should have taken that long… yet here we are.