The following remarks by Lyndon LaRouche were given at a private reception held on January 1st, 2012, at which Lyndon and his wife, Helga Zepp-LaRouche, were honored guests.
I shall, for the occasion, speak according to my spirit, of the nature of these times. We live in times which are the most hazardous known, in terms of hazard, for all humanity, as far as I know it. We're on the verge of what could be, under this President, as a tool of London, could be the end of humanity. It could be. And the only way, as I know from not being much of an old soldier, but being an old soldier, that before you go into war, and the prospect of actual combat, you commit yourself to accept death. Not to desire it, not to yearn for it, not to run away from it, even, but to recognize that it's there, and if you can't face it, as a prospect, you may fail in your duty.
And we've come into such a time, where civilization as a whole is in danger. This, for the first time, is the most plausible mass-extinction program for humanity, that probably I've ever known of. Thermonuclear war, organized by the British and the United States under this President Obama, as a stooge, and thermonuclear war against China, and Russia, and some other countries, by the United States, Britain, France, and others, with most of the armament going from the United States, because the British and the French don't have much more. Only the United States has the ability to launch a full-scale thermonuclear war, in-depth.
And that's where we stand. And if we know what the nature of our President's government is, and what the temper and the cowardice we see in the members of Congress, and so forth, it's a very dangerous situation. And yet, at the same time, having accepted the fact of a death, a mass death, then you proceed with confidence, to do what you must do. Because if they take you out, you've given it up already. But you're doing everything, to try to defeat that evil. Beyond that, you have no power to control anything. And once you understand that, you have the maximum courage.
And when you have courage, under grave conditions such as those that we experience now, which are very grave conditions, you find a surge of strength and confidence, in the fact that you're proud of the fact, that you have the courage not to flinch from your mission: The ultimate triumph. Everyone dies eventually, and the important thing, is that life is a mission. And whatever you do, don't fail the mission, and then you will be strong. And from that kind of strength, in yourself, you find the strength to conquer obstacles, which otherwise you could not match.
And that's the way it is. Because if you can't accept those facts, you will flinch, you will fail, you will run when you should go ahead. This is the most important thing in life, I think, is the outcome of it, and what we do to shape the outcome, within the limited powers we have to control these things.
And so, for tonight, I'm very happy. Because we, in this association, in a very significant degree, we may not have gone all as far as I've gone with this thing, but I'm an old man and an old warrior, so I come more quickly on these things than most people would. But we're at a moment of potential triumph, because the fact that we have the courage to face this among ourselves, and can spread the infection of that courage among other people, means that we are prepared to win, because there's nothing that we fear so much, as failing our mission.
And life is a mission. With or without wars, for all people sooner or later, life is a mission. And if you could come to that mission with rejoicing, no matter what the outcome, you've won. You've won the meaning of your life. And I think that's what I feel, in particular, because I'm rather well-informed on these things, and therefore I can tell you, that this is a good story, and if there's any chance of winning it, our confidence in our commitment to win it, will be a factor which will contribute the possibility of victory, and I'm very happy.