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The coronavirus was spread throughout China by travel associated with the Chinese new year. Now the virus is being spread throughout the US by travel associated with spring break.

The coronavirus escaped from China, because governments and airlines waited too long before they stopped flights in and out of China. The US government and airlines are waiting too long to stop domestic flights in the US.

Government carelessness is also a contributor to the spread of the virus. President Trump agreed that the US passengers who had been quarantined for weeks aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan who were free of the virus would be flown to the US on two chartered planes, but the 14 Americans who tested positive for the virus would remain in quarantine. However, State Department officials and a top US health official instead flew back the infected Americans on a plane with uninfected passengers. It is entirely possible that the health passengers were infected and now are spreading the virus.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-furious-americans-infected-with-coronavirus-flew-back-in-u-s-without-his-permission-report

In Europe the virus is now spreading from Italy, because European Union officials refuse to implement border controls. By refusing to take sensible actions until the situation is out of hand, governments then resort to widespread mandatory quarantines.

The virus appears to be an engineered bioweapon that escaped from the level 4 lab in Wuhan. My understanding is that the development of bioweapons is prohibited but nevertheless is done in a number of countries. The fact that governments are complicit in the illegal activity means that they cannot acknowledge that the virus is man-made.

To prevent future escapes, publics must demand the cessation of bioweapon research.

Globalism is also a culprit in the spread of the virus. The interdependence that globalism creates means that there is constant travel across national borders that serves to spread illnesses globally.

(Republished from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Bioweapons, Coronavirus, Globalism 
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  1. Franz says:

    This is right for sure:

    Globalism is also a culprit in the spread of the virus.

    Globalism is also the culprit in the overpopulation crisis, the underemployment crisis, the cheapening- of-life-all-around crisis.

    For a human world to exist we need real nations, strong borders and a sense of purpost that unites those within those borders. Globalism steals all possibility of that from us.

    Alice Roosevelt Longworth had it right over a half-century: It’s Globalony. Indeed. And remember, no citizen of any real nation asked for it, voted for it, or had any control over it when it was rammed up their bums..

  2. Expediency rules.
    Apocalypse dead pools.

  3. The US government and airlines are waiting too long to stop domestic flights in the US.

    Recalling the days after 9/11, the US was paralyzed commercially when we shut down domestic air travel. Business has no clue how to cope. Therein lies the problem. We are exposed to the virus because of unfettered greed. The US Chamber of Commerce will never allow a domestic air travel shut down.

    In practice we do not need air travel at all, trains work fine and high speed rail would be more practical for most travel. But we don’t live in that world. We live in a world in which rapid expansion of jet air travel was required in the 1950s and 1960s because civilian commercial jets were the “reserve fleet” of aircraft that would fly troops to Europe back in the Cold War. Air travel was subsidized, and it still is to a degree, by the government because the military loves those planes.

    Business soon learned to use air travel and what you get is the chaos of today.

    Perhaps the virus will teach us to take a step back and consider how we can live in a gentler more civilized world.

  4. When I flew in yesterday, after making my way past the twenty or so wheelchairs waiting to take a village of South Asians who were being ferried via London (they come at the US from all directions, it seems), the US CBP guy merely asked if I had been to China in the past 14 days. Yeah, I’d say they’re getting serious.

  5. I love PCR, but I wish he would stop parroting this crap:

    “The virus appears to be an engineered bioweapon that escaped from the level 4 lab in Wuhan.”

    Yeah, it’s those damn stupid Chinese shooting themselves in the foot again. Making bioweapons that target their own people and then negligently letting them escape to wreak havoc socially, economically and politically.

    He can’t really believe this nonsense. Especially with overwhelming evidence of DARPA’s corona virus programs, the US’s previous unflinching use of bioterrorism in North Korea, our love affair with Japan’s notorious Dr Shiro Ishii and his insanely evil Unit 731, etc., etc.

    (Why do I get the feeling PCR is worried his readership/donations might drop if he consistently fingered the real, obvious suspect…… )

    • Agree: Longfisher
    • Replies: @foolisholdman
    , @follyofwar
  6. Horse237 says:

    The Democrats run three cities from LA to SF to Seattle. Not one city has taken a firm stand against public defecation which will aerosolize the coronavirus found in feces. This will infect thousands of people in those cities. I wrote this:

    Democrats To Destroy US West Coast Within 14 Months.

    https://vidrebel.wordpress.com/2020/02/26/democrats-to-destroy-us-west-coast-within-14-months/

    • Agree: SeekerofthePresence
    • Replies: @Franz
  7. Paul,

    There is also a more than moderate case to support that the virus was a U.S. bioweapon targeted to the Chinese. The U.S. has been “investigating” and also “modifying” the corona viruses in our bioweapons research laboratorie since the ’70s.

  8. @Mustapha Mond

    “I love PCR, but I wish he would stop parroting this crap:

    “The virus appears to be an engineered bioweapon that escaped from the level 4 lab in Wuhan.””

    Yes I agree completely. The level 4 lab in Wuhan is a diagnostic centre and a vacine research centre and is a civilian lab registered with and inspected by the WHO. Even their enemies agree that the Chinese are not stupid. Bioweapons labs are not registered with anyone and are mostly disguised or simply hidden, not stuck in the centre of large cities. Putting a bioweapons lab in the centre of the eighth largest city, which happens to be the hub of the travel apparatus of the country would rank somewhere below “Stupid” in most peoples’ book.

    • Agree: Mustapha Mond, J
    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  9. Lugash says:
    @Harry Huntington

    Cutting back air travel will be necessary. Doing so won’t stop pandemics, but it will hopefully slow them down. Going back to the bad old days of airline regulation is probably the easiest way; it’ll get rid of the ‘I’m going to fly back from Arkansas to see my extended family in Ling Ping province for the dragon festival’ type of trips.

  10. Franz says:
    @Horse237

    Democrats To Destroy US West Coast Within 14 Months

    I read this, Horse237, just a few hours after reading an article on the Wealthy Beachfront Property Owners in California are shocked, SHOCKED to discover that the PPP (poor people’s poop) is now lapping up on their shores…

    You don’t say!

    The luvvies just discovered that what gets discharged seaside a few miles up or down just floats till it washes up somewhere else. Like maybe Barbra Striesand and company about to get many gallons of typhus, Black Death, coronavirus all up their pristine sand dunes. Aw, cry me a river. Cry me the whole Pacific in fact.

    My guess is this whole escapade is not as bad as the Stock Market thinks, but worse in ways we cannot currently predict.

    But in a world where breeding human economic refugees is a cottage industry, sooner or later the the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse (Plague) would come trotting. This may be the beginning.

  11. @Harry Huntington

    Modern and fast passenger trains are the solution. They are very efficient and environmentally friendly, but this country let its railroad tracks rust away. All in the service of Happy Motoring, which has been heavily subsidized by the government for decades. Now the taxpayers are stuck with millions of miles of inefficient, ugly, deteriorating, and costly highways, which cannot possibly be maintained at an adequate and safe standard.

    • Replies: @Franz
    , @ThreeCranes
  12. @Mustapha Mond

    If Mr. Roberts was worried about his readership/donations he would not have prohibited comments for the past several years. I’ll bet that has cost him a bundle. I was pleasantly surprised that comments to this article were allowed. Has he changed his policy?

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  13. @Harry Huntington

    Recalling the days after 9/11, the US was paralyzed commercially when we shut down domestic air travel. Business has no clue how to cope.

    I remember this quite well. Everyone was walking around in a daze for a few weeks after that incident.

    Business soon learned to use air travel and what you get is the chaos of today.

    I think that tele and video-conferencing can alleviate the need for a significant percentage of domestic business trips and help limit the spread of disease going forward.

  14. @foolisholdman

    No, in general, the Chinese people are not stupid. In general, the Chinese people are pretty damn sloppy, though. I don’t know if you’ve bought a retail product or two over the last 15 years, or you’d know by now that for Chinese operations, Quality is not “Job One”. Between people not taking quality control very seriously and there being a corruptness/don’t-give-a-damn factor that would enable smuggling of infected tissue out to the wild-animal-market (why not, right?), I see the escape of the virus from that lab as a likely scenario.

  15. @follyofwar

    Though I too really appreciate being able to comment here, his being one of the very few Libertarians with writing on unz, I doubt the money is much of a factor, FoW. PCR has his writing syndicated on various media outlets, same as Ron Paul and Pat Buchanan. I know he does read the comments, unlike the other 2, as the proof of that was his ending them after that brew-haha back then. However, I don’t believe the money from unz here lost or gained will bust this guy’s budget.

    Hell, since you read them, why not chime in about this, Mr. Roberts? You don’t have to give exact numbers. (I’m guessing you’ve sworn off commenting yourself – I can’t blame you, haha!)

  16. On this post in general, I do agree with the blame put on Globalization for the spread of this virus. Governments do lots of extremely stupid things too, as Mr. Roberts explains, but I still think this virus has been hyped-up to high heaven. Does Mr. Roberts watch the Lyin’ Press infotainment too much, perhaps?

    I have been through them lately, and no doubt the customs departments of most countries are a joke. I’d like to see the inspection of people, and stuff too, get taken more seriously, but that’s bad for the Globalist business set. Maybe this will virus scare will help in that regard.

  17. Franz says:
    @follyofwar

    All in the service of Happy Motoring, which has been heavily subsidized by the government for decades. Now the taxpayers are stuck

    Stuck is right.

    What’ll they do when they discover that millions of new “enrichers” won’t be able to afford a new, old used, or even a rental jalopy, much less help us natives pay the taxes that keep the roads safe?

    My guess is once the “replacement project” is even half-done they’ll let the roads finish crumbling outside of areas they care about. Police already have militarized vehicles that can even ride offroad if necessary. And soon, they’ll just buzz us with drones. Choppers and killer drones when we get uppity.

    The interstate highway system came to pass, not to stay.

  18. SafeNow says:

    Adding to the case for a virus lab-escape: the fact that a “top-secret” virus briefing was given three days ago to Grassley and some others. One can only speculate as to what the “secrets” were that were being revealed, while, ironically, the CDC spokesmen praised (with teen-like uptalk and um’s and yuh-knows) the putative transparency attending this crisis.

    • Replies: @Justvisiting
  19. J says:

    Humanity had winter flu epidemies ever since left Africa and moved to higher latitudes. In the Middle Ages it was witches and black cats and the neighboring nations that caused the epidemies. Nothing has changed, only that now we have the media creating panics to increase readership. Spring will come and the flu will disappear till next December. If you are under eighty and in reasonably good health, there is nothing to fear. If you are not, you’ll be dead soon anyway!

  20. @follyofwar

    ” stuck with millions of miles of inefficient, ugly, deteriorating, and costly highways, which cannot possibly be maintained at an adequate and safe standard.”

    When I worked in road engineering, it was common knowledge that our interstates would last indefinitely were they subjected only to the automobile traffic they were designed for. Our nation’s switching from rail to trucks to haul freight has wrecked havoc on the pavement, which was not designed to handle 80,000 pound loads. Apparently, the oscillations of semi wheel sets pound expansion joints to smithereens.

    “The nation’s economy depends on trucking, but that method of shipment comes with a price. Engineers estimate that a fully loaded truck–a five-axle rig weighing 80,000 pounds, the interstate maximum–causes more damage to a highway than 5,000 cars. Some road planners say that the toll is even higher, that it would take close to 10,000 cars to equal the damage caused by one heavy truck. When the trucks are overloaded, as quite a few of them are, the damage is exponentially worse. Increasing a truck’s weight to 90,000 pounds results in a 42 percent increase in road wear. Pavement designed to last 20 years wears out in seven.” Governing, July 2007

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  21. @SafeNow

    My guess (and it is only a guess) is that the Congress was told some simple facts that every thinking person should know:

    –A highly contagious virus cannot be contained, and it will make its way to every state, every city, every town.
    –Quarantines may help reduce the spread, but they will cripple local economies and panic people, so there is a tradeoff to be made.
    –If quarantines are required, expect your constituents to be _very_ angry. Many will believe it is not necessary, and they will blame political leaders.
    –Hope this thing is overblown, but be prepared to face hostile constituents if it is not.

  22. wildbeard says:

    There is no conclusive evidence that this virus was an engineered bioweapon. There is no reason why it couldn’t have emerged naturally.

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