In Search of Universal Love

  Rolf A. F. Witzsche

LaRouche, Guest of Honor at the Kuwait 
National Day Celebration in Washington, D.C. on February 26.

Reported February 28, 2003 


Lyndon LaRouche was a guest of honor at the Kuwait National Day Celebration in Washington, D.C. on February 26. When he arrived at the Willard Hotel for the reception, he was met by a welcoming committee of Kuwaiti military and diplomatic representatives, who escorted him downstairs to the reception. Already, by the time LaRouche arrived at the reception room, there was a long line of people waiting to shake hands with the Ambassador and his wife. The delegation took Mr. LaRouche past the waiting line directly to the Ambassador. With cameras rolling and flashes going off, the Ambassador and his wife immediately turned to LaRouche, saying what an honor it was for them that he was attending the event. LaRouche was then escorted into the reception hall, leaving many of the guests still waiting in line wondering WHO exactly it was that was being given this VIP treatment.

The next VIP guest of the evening to be met by the delegation was Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who did indeed show up a bit later, to much press fanfare and gawking, but he didn't remain more than a few minutes before leaving. There was another flurry of activity when D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams was trotted in to read a proclamation from the District of Columbia on Kuwait.

Lyn remained for another hour or so, having the opportunity in that time to speak with a half-dozen ambassadors from a number of Middle East and Gulf countries, a number of military attaches, including one high-ranking U.S. officer, and a number of other well-wishers. Although Rummy himself had split, there was a heavy DOD presence at the reception. But the real ``buzz'' in the room, according to one diplomat, centered on LaRouche.

The irony of having LaRouche, America's best known champion of peace, as a guest of honor, at the same event as Rumsfeld, the advocate of pre-emptive war on Iraq -- including nuclear strikes against non-nuclear countries -- was not lost on the attendees. Rumsfeld is one of those in the Administration who believes that the U.S. can -- {and should} -- wage a unilateral war, outside the UN.

The reality at the Kuwait National Day event, behind the scenes, reflected precisely what Larouche had told his 750-person audience, at the President's Day conference of the Schiller Institute -- that the entire human race has spoken out against Bush and Blair's imperial Iraq war, as reflected in the Feb. 14 UN Security Council session in New York, and in the 100-million- person anti-war demonstrations on the weekend of Feb. 15-16. In Washington, LaRouche was told privately that his fight inside the U.S. and inside the Bush Presidency to stop the imperial war was like ``a ray of light into the darkness,'' and is appreciated throughout the world. The contrast between LaRouche and Rumsfeld on Feb. 26 at the Kuwait event was all the more accentuated since the attendees were buzzing about news from London, just hours earlier, that Prime Minister Tony Blair had suffered the biggest opposition within a ruling party in the history of the Parliament, in a vote against the war.


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