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LaRouche:
The U.S.A. and Russia Must Return to the
Principles of the 1983 SDI, To Avoid
the Danger of Thermonuclear War

March 20, 2013 (EIRNS)—Lyndon LaRouche emphasized today in an interview that was broadcast on the Spanish-language Russia Today Television Channel, that the growing danger of thermonuclear war between the United States and Russia can only be avoided by returning to the principles of the SDI advanced by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.

"We want a new system of peace among nations, because we know that if you break the peace, the human species will not survive a thermonuclear war," American statesman Lyndon LaRouche stated in the interview. Russia Today's Spanish-language TV channel has over six million viewers worldwide.

LaRouche's 30-minute interview with veteran investigative journalist Daniel Estulin on his weekly show "From the Shadows," coincides with the 30th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's historic March 23, 1983 speech, in which he offered to cooperate with the Soviet Union on what he called his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), to jointly develop missile defense systems based on new physical principles which would put an end to the era of nuclear terror on the planet. It is a matter of public record that Lyndon LaRouche was one of the principal architects of Reagan's SDI, and that he engaged in extensive back-channel negotiations with the Soviets at the behest of Reagan's National Security Council, until then Soviet leader Yuri Andropov vetoed Reagan's SDI offer.

In its written announcement of the Estulin interview with LaRouche, Russia Today states:

"In this edition, Daniel Estulin returns to the year 1983, when President Ronald Reagan openly proposed to the Soviet Union cooperation on what he called the Strategic Defense Initiative. Moscow at the time rejected the U.S. proposal, suspecting malice of some sort. Now, the lost possibilities of the proposal for cooperation are being studied."

In the course of the interview, Estulin asked LaRouche:

"Mr. LaRouche, if you were the President of the United States, what steps would you take to revive the SDI today?"

To which Lyndon LaRouche replied:

"I simply would go to Russians who all want this agreement; the current Russian administration wants this agreement. They're trying to get it; they're trying to negotiate with the U.S. military establishment to work something out in this direction. So the willingness on the part of Russia and China, in particular, and the United States agencies, relevant agencies, is the same. We want to still create a situation under which there will be no thermonuclear war."

Estulin then asked LaRouche about the proposal first made public in October 2011 by then Russian Ambassador to NATO Dmitri Rogozin, for joint cooperation between Russia and the United States for what he called "The Strategic Defense of the Earth."

"Does [the SDE] relate only to the recent situation we've had with the asteroids," Estulin asked, "or does it go further and look somehow into the future of mankind?"

LaRouche answered:

"Well, first of all, you cannot have a thermonuclear war, and therefore you have to find ways among sane people who are going to try to work out a system. I believe the conditions for that system exist between the United States as a nation, and the current administration in Russia. Everything that I see confirms that. Russia is looking for an agreement with the United States. The Russian military responsibles are looking for such an agreement. China obviously wants a similar agreement. India would have the same interest. We all know what thermonuclear warfare means, and we're determined not to have it. We know there has to be a change in the course of history, because the capabilities of thermonuclear weapons are such that we can no longer have warfare...

"If mankind does not increase its technological scientific capabilities, mankind can become extinct, it can be rendered extinct. Look, we are passing through an area of density of asteroids and similar kind of things... And if you just increase the thrust a little bit over what we recently experienced, any one of these things could take out a good part of the human species."

The full Spanish-language interview may be viewed at: http://actualidad.rt.com/programas/desde_la_sombra/ view/89463-Desde-sombra-%28E22%29