Covid-156

Dan O'Heirity

Beijing Has Murdered More Than 1.5 Million People World Wide

According to my preferred data source, as of today there have been 65,565,538 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 1,563,009 deaths across 118 countries and territories. According to my line of thinking this means that China has deliberately infected more than 65.5 million people with the virus. China has also murdered over 1.5 million people. I have made this line of argument almost since I first started writing these blog posts. Basically China engaged in an act of biological warfare in sending infected citizens around the world. It follows from this fact that China is guilty of mass murder. Imagine my delight when I came across this interview from 60 Minutes with a Former diplomat to China.

The Diplomat says that China made the decision to allow citizens to travel internationally whilst being fully aware of the extent of the virus problem. Agreed, the Diplomat does not go as far as to talk about biological warfare or murder but stating that China knowingly infected the world with Covid-19 is pretty damning stuff. There are many other points that I have made in past posts. China has “weaponized Covid-19 to increase their control over democracies”. We have seen this in Australia where China has tried to directly interfere in Australia’s democracy through publishing a list of 14 grievances against China. If Australia were to give into China then Australia would, for example, have to keep silent on human rights issues in China. Another point made in the video is that China is politicising the virus in terms of its own success in managing the pandemic as compared with the efforts of the West that have been far less effective. American would be a case in point with The Guardian reporting that the United States has recently reported more than 15 million cases of Covid-19. Fair to say that America, and indeed a lot of Europe, has performed poorly in terms of managing the crisis. On the other hand, China is a totalitarian state where the punishments for non-conformity are extreme. Do what Beijing tells you to do or else.

China has for a very long time been asserting its ownership of disputed territories in the South China sea including simply claiming islands as their own and building man made islands that serve as military bases. A story from The Guardian will give you a bit of a background to just what China has been up to in that region. It might be fair to say that there is more reason to be worried now about what China might do in the region as compared to times past because China has become increasingly arrogant and assertive on the world stage. As reported in The Guardian story, Greg Moriarty, the head of Australia’s defence department,  has said, “I’m particularly concerned about the militarisation of features in the South China Sea”. His reason is that China has simply gone ahead in building up its military presence in the South China sea region, indicating that they had no intention of negotiating with other countries who have a presence and interest in the region. A different question regarding China’s presence in the South China sea region has to do with the actual military usefulness of the various military bases that China has established. According to CNN, China might find that the bases themselves are not actually defensible from, for example, a surprise attack. Furthermore the bases are a long way from China and so it would take a long time for reinforcements to arrive. That said, it is doubtful whether another country would in fact attack the bases given that China is a nuclear power. Whilst it cannot be known what will happen, it should be remembered that one third of the world’s shipping travels through this region and so China will maintain a strong interest in controlling the area.

Gosh, the American Presidential Election Just Goes on and on and on

I’m going to start by framing up Trump’s antics as an attempted coup. There is a piece in The Guardian in which Seth Meyers says, “If you’re not calling this an attempted coup, then what are you calling it? Because that’s what it is. Just because it’s a dumb, lazy coup that won’t work doesn’t mean that it’s not still an attempted coup“. As attempted coups go, this one has not been very successful. Trumps legal team has had countless legal challenges thrown out by the courts, usually in the most damning of ways with judges stating that claims of wider spread voter fraud and / or irregularities in voting have simply not been supported by any evidence. Recently, as reported by ABC News, the Supreme Court in Pennsylvania has rejected a Republican bid to throw out up to 2.5 million mail-in ballots. Meanwhile, Texas has asked the US Supreme Court to throw out the voting results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, in an attempt to overturn the election result. Good luck with that one, particularly as the lawsuit has been referred to as “a reckless attack on American democracy”. However, Trump is undeterred. As reported by The Independent, whilst presenting wrestler Dan Gable with the Medal of Freedom Trump took the opportunity to compare their “match results”. Trump claimed that he was 2-0 and said, “that’s a pretty good go too”. Trump then took the opportunity to cone again make baseless claims about a “rigged election”. He also repeated his claims that there was something “dodgy” about the vote counting machines. However, this time he went further by referring to the United States as a “third world country”. So his loyal fans hear him comparing their “great country” to a third world country and they still support him.

All the while America is in the midst of a Covid-19 crisis of epic proportions and matters do not get any better for the Trump administration. The Covid-19 vaccination program in the United States has been called “Operation Warp Speed”. You can read the details on the US Department of Health and Human Services website. The plan is is to produce and deliver 300 million vaccine doses commencing January 21st, 2021. However, Biden has argued that an additional $900 billion needs to be approved in order to put an effective vaccination plan in place. Biden claims that with this funding his administration could deliver 100 million vaccines in his first 100 days of office. Here, it is interesting hat the Trump administration apparently decided not to order an additional 100 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, even though trial results looked promising. The reason for turning down these vaccines is not given but they have now found their way to Europe. Beyond the logistics of the vaccine program there is of course the question about how Trump and Biden are leading in the fight against Covid. According to a story from The Guardian, Trump is not doing himself any favours. The Guardian generally speaks well of Biden and reports that Biden’s address acknowledged the terrible death toll in the United States whilst also laying out the aforementioned vaccination plan. Trump on the other hand made no mention of the death toll and chose instead to talk about how well the stock market was doing. He also praised Vice-President Mike Pence for his leadership during the pandemic saying that he had done an “absolutely incredible job”. Does Trump just not look at the daily figures for new Covid cases and deaths in the United States. As The Independent reports, last week Covid-19 was the leading cause of death in America. To make a different comparison, the daily death toll from Covid-19 now rivals that of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. Is it any wonder that China sees itself as a superior form of government.

First Published December 9th, 2020

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