Cheminade's Statements on Syria Reported in Russia
February 23, 2013 • 9:17AM

The Russian website Stoletiye (www.stoletie.ru, or "Century", run by the Historical Perspective Foundation) today wrote about the intervention of French former presidential candidate and long-time LaRouche associate Jacques Cheminade at the colloquium on the crisis in Syria, held Feb. 20 by the French Paris Academy of Geopolitics. The report was based on reporting provided by Russia's official Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, which is based in Paris and headed by historian Natalia Narochnitskaya. According to the report, 32 representatives of the Paris diplomatic corps were in attendance.

After summarizing the presentations of Paris Academy of Geopolitics vice-president Gérard-François Dumont and General Henri Paris, who discussed various scenarios for the outcome of the current fighting, as well as specific geopolitical dimensions of the Syrian situation, including its place in Chinese policy, the Stoletiye report highlighted the speeches made by Narochnitskaya and then Cheminade. Narochnitskaya, a former member of the State Duma for the Rodina Party, said that "the West and certain Arab countries, by abetting the insurgents, have opened a real Pandora's box." She lamented that "on the territory of ancient Palmyra, today internecine bloodshed is occurring, with a national and religious basis, and it is being brought into the European countries." Narochnitskaya said that Russia's policy in the Middle East is aimed at the short- and long-term welfare and development of nations in the region.

The Stoletiye report continued: "Next to speak was Jacques Cheminade, a candidate in the most recent French presidential elections and founder of the political party Solidarité et Progrès, who outlined the imperialist policy of the City and Wall Street in the Middle East. In the view of this French politician, what is happening in Syria is the implementation of an Anglo-American doctrine of promoting clashes between peoples and nations, for the sake of the betterment of their own economic system. He expressed concern that Syria today could become 'the Balkans of the 21st century.' 'How can France fight against the Islamization of Mali, and at the same time conclude major contracts with people who are financing the radicalization of Islam in Mali and Syria?' demanded Jacques Cheminade. 'By doing this, France is conducting a self-destructive policy,' the well-known political figure summarized."