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Putin Is Right
To Withhold Wheat Exports,
Says LaRouche

Aug. 9, 2010 (EIRNS)—In the wake of British criticism of Russian Prime Minister Putin's decision to halt Russian wheat exports, in the face of a drought and fire emergency, Lyndon LaRouche has stated his full support for Putin's policy. Putin had no choice but to act to protect the food supply of the Russian people, LaRouche said, and it would have been wrong for him not to do it.

LaRouche then elaborated both on the contributing causes to the crisis, and the solution, which involves the launching of immediate discussions and collaboration between the U.S. and Russia on the North American Water and Power Alliance (NAWAPA).

LaRouche noted that the current problem leading to the reduction of the Russian wheat crop, largely by drought, could have been avoided, if the British, starting with the Thatcher regime, had not imposed such destructive policies on Russia, in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Back in 1988, LaRouche explained, he personally had launched a Food for Peace policy, in which he had envisioned cooperation between the United States and Russia in solving the then-chronic food problem in the East Bloc. LaRouche had proposed that the United States provide technological assistance to deal with the developing humanitarian crisis at the time. This policy would have built trust, and economic prosperity.

At that time, the Bush Administration, along with Thatcher and Mitterrand, sabotaged LaRouche's initiative, and instead subjected the former Soviet Union to genocidal IMF conditionalities—conditions which have prevented Russia from using its historical scientific capabilities to develop the necessary infrastructure for productive agriculture, that could withstand extraordinary weather problems like those today. The British agents who carried out those crimes, still control parts of Russian policy today.

Today we have to adopt a policy in the spirit of that Food for Peace proposal, LaRouche concluded. That is the only way we can prevent the world system from continuing on its current road to hell. And as soon as we get rid of Obama as President, we can take the necessary initiative right away.

That initiative is international cooperation on the North American Water and Power Alliance (NAWAPA). In light of the fact that the seriousness of the Russian drought and fire problem is directly related to the degradation of the biosphere, including desertification, similar to that which affects the American West, the NAWAPA project represents a model approach for Russia, and a basis for close collaboration between the United States and Russia, and then other nations as well.

We need international cooperation to ensure the security of food supplies of all nations, and the practical measures to provide that, LaRouche said. NAWAPA, a terraforming project which will open the way toward the realization of the Bering Strait Project linking the Americas and Eurasia, is a key ingredient for that.

While responding to the immediate crisis in Russia, we need to urgently move on NAWAPA discussions as well.