Seascapes and Sand
a political romantic fiction novel by Rolf A. F. Witzsche
Volume 4A of the 12-volume series, The Lodging for the Rose

Page 19
Chapter 2 - Anton of Grace

      "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."

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