Our world changed in 2020, and now we have two eras, BC (Before Covid) and AC (After Covid).
Almost every other day, the fumes from China’s smoking gun get denser with new revelations.
The natural emergence of the Chinese virus from bats was the preferred virus hypothesis (without evidence) and a World Health Organization (WHO) investigation team (approved by China after over one year) was let in last February and given lots of Mao-tai, but no worthwhile information.
In any case, why would the bats that infest the caves of Yunnan wait till they got to the Wuhan wet market (over 1,000 KM away) to begin attacking people?
The US President has just ordered his intelligence fellows to submit a definitive report on the origins of the virus.
In May 2021 the USD 900 bn Facebook, with over a quarter of the world’s population (non-Chinese) using it, removed its ban on references to the Chinese virus as man-made.
The Wall Street Journal quoted US intelligence reports that at least three researchers in the Wuhan Institute of Virology messing around with viruses in the quaintly named Gain of Function (so that no one knows that it is about making viruses deadlier) fell ill with a mysterious form of pneumonia in autumn 2019 and sought hospitalization in November.
A report in an Australian newspaper earlier this year alleged that in 2015 Chinese officials discussed a manmade pathogen-based weapon to win a war without fighting it by crippling the adversary’s medical system.
Remember that in 2015 the Chinese military demanded a relationship of equals with the US military, prompting an angry Barack Obama to retort that the USA was the most powerful nation on earth.
Atom bombs have been around since 1945 and many countries now have them – retaliatory strikes are possible.
A bio-weapon is totally anonymous and gives its user total deniability, not just plausible deniability.
The Daily Mail has claimed that the unique fingerprints in Covid 19 samples could only have arisen from manipulation in a laboratory. The scientists then tried to cover their tracks through retro-engineering to make it look like it came naturally from bats.
British scientists concede that a lab leak was “plausible.”
Even the god of viruses, Dr Anthony Fauci, is no longer sure that it is a natural phenomenon. The publication of thousands of his emails by a US daily suggests his complicity in a huge coverup.
Significantly, the Chinese have not pilloried him.
With mounting evidence, the WHO's scheming Director-General called in May 2021 for a new investigation, since "all hypotheses remain open and require further study."
Chinese officials promptly said that the investigation about the origin of the virus in China had ended and we should look at other countries even though no credible epidemiologist has shown evidence that the virus originated anywhere but China.
A top WHO official lamented that it could not compel China to share information.
A study by the National Cancer Institute of Milan in 2020 (Milan has several thousand Chinse working in sweatshops to manufacture luxury branded products) claimed said the virus was circulating in Italy since September 2019.
There is an emerging global consensus about China’s creation of the virus.
Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US has confirmed evidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was engaged in military activity along with
civilian research and has warned that China will pay the price for its deceit.
A distinguished Australian Professor of Endocrinology believes China tricked the world. And two European scientists, in a soon to be published study, have noted how Chinese scientists, some working with American Universities, built and stole the tools to create the virus. Pilfering cutting-edge scientific research knowledge is not unknown. Remember a Pakistani called AQ Khan who filched Dutch nuclear technology, and secretly bought uranium enrichment equipment to make Pakistan’s atom bomb? He then set up the world’s first nuclear Walmart, with Iran, North Korea, Libya and China as privileged customers.
Significantly, China’s present five-year plan stresses technological autarky, since developed nations are guarding their hi-tech secrets more closely. In a few years, medical genomics (about the origins of human disease) will confirm that the Chinese virus was not natural. In the 1999 Hollywood horror film, an insane scientist genetically modifies bats to make them the ultimate predators, specifically targeting humans – they finally devour him.
A smart criminal, after committing his act, destroys fingerprints, footprints, and bloodstains. China’s philosophy, when confronted with an uncomfortable truth, is to try to eliminate it with a litany of lies
But the corroborative evidence is so strong that it is unlikely to get away this time.
The will to punish China is growing.
Chinese Whispers was once a party game. A message would be relayed in hushed tones through a long line of people and emerge at the other end amusingly garbled, as facts get twisted over time and distance.
There is no doubt in the minds of the senior Chinese leadership about the origin and lethality of the virus, so obfuscation and falsehoods were imperative.
By 7 January 2020, the Supreme Leader knew enough about the origin of the outbreak to personally take charge (instead of leaving it to the health authorities) and ordered the Wuhan market to be shut and sanitized several times.
Two weeks later he locked down 11 million people (the largest lockdown ever) to prevent the virus from spreading within China, but ordered thousands of Chinese expatriates who had come home for the new year to rush back.
His lackey the head of WHO begged countries not to sever their air links with China.
An unsuspecting world continues to pay the price.
China’s wolf warriors quickly launched a massive disinformation infodemic on Virus Pong’s instructions with one clear message: the truth must never get out.
Even the Chinese media first called it the Wuhan virus, and then, on orders, blamed everybody and his grandmother for bringing the virus into China.
As more and more fingers point at Wuhan, China's Biosecurity Law came into effect on 15 April 2021, China’s National Security Education Day.
The law prohibits lab animals from being sold in markets!
News signalizes an event, truth brings out the facts.
In China, both news and truth are made by the Communist Party.
Then Chinese officials claimed that the virus might have been discovered in China, but did not originate there.
Instead of permitting research into the origins of the virus, vital to prevent the next pandemic, China tried to focus on who should be blamed.
First, it was believed to spread zoonotically, so don’t go near animals. Then it spread through human touch, so the handshake was replaced by the elbow bump, and the mask became mandatory.
Now we have the Vietnamese report on a mutated version of the virus that spreads through the air. Stop breathing, please!
In October 2020, the head of emergencies at WHO had said that one in ten people in the world might have been infected, so the world was " heading into a difficult period. The disease continues to spread.”
He was amazingly prescient.
There is confirmation that as China lied, people died.
The long-term effects of the Chinese virus, even on people who suffered a mild infection, could be far worse than was originally anticipated - psychosis, cardiovascular trauma, insomnia, renal and hepatic disease, spinal and biliary infections, strokes, chronic tiredness, and mobility issues are being identified in former coronavirus patients.
A recent US study confirms that 4/5 Chinese virus patients developed altered brain function.
In the present case, China’s leading virologist (trained in America) known as “batwoman” (owing to her work on bat coronaviruses) set out to create novel coronaviruses in her Wuhan lab with the highest possible infectivity for human cells by bringing bats from Yunnan (the objective of her research is in the public domain).
Her records have been sealed.
In late 2019, the local Communist Party and the police took over the management of the disease through the only way they know how to – denial. The world continues to pay the price for crucial time lost.
If the virus is proved to be manmade, China could be investigated for crimes against humanity defined as a widespread or systematic attack against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack.
An ad hoc tribunal of the Holy Roman Empire in 1474, the first “international” war crimes court, found a fellow guilty of murdering prisoners and he lost his head.
After the Second World War several Nazis (Nuremberg Trials) and Japanese (Tokyo trials) were executed.
The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia 1993 (the first since the Nuremberg Trials) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda 1994 (following the killing of 1 million Tutsis in 100 days) are recent examples.
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia was established in 2003 to try the horrible Khmer Rouge leaders for killing a third of the population.
Several individuals and class action suits have been filed in America against the Communist Government.
The global backlash against China is evident; the universal anger and Chinese mendacity feed on each other.
Chinese-looking people are being beaten up in western cities.
Last year the New York Police Department withdrew Chinese looking officers from patrol duty lest they be assaulted by bewildered Americans.
In assessing a country’s moral fabric, we tend to look at its record.
In 1971, when Pakistani genocidaires, were butchering and raping millions of Bengalis, China supported the genocidaires.
From 1975-1979 the Khmer Rouge led by the infamous Pol Pot killed up to 2 million Cambodians (a third of the population) while the world slept. His main benefactor was China.
In 1993, a million Tutsis were slaughtered in 100 days in Rwanda. The 600 tonnes of killing machetes came from – China.
In the Bosnian War 1992-1995, Ratko Mladic, the 79-year old Serb General who terrorized Bosnian Muslims. Throughout the war (his life imprisonment for genocide has just been upheld) got his weaponry from - China.
In the 1990s and 2000s, Sudan tried to eliminate its Nuba and Darfuri with weapons provided by – China!
The UN Human Rights Commission wants to investigate Sri Lanka for war crimes against Tamils in the last year of the war in 2009 – Colombo used weapons from China.
When a person or institution or nation has something to hide, he or she tends to be very aggressive if demands are made to acknowledge the truth.
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks" is Queen Gertrude’s comment on the insincere overacting of a character in the play Hamlet.
In early 2020, when Australia demanded an international enquiry into the origins of the virus, a furious China sharply curtailed its imports from Australia and its sorry diplomats competed to hurl abuse. One called Australia the white trash of Asia, another called it chewing gum stuck to the boot of China.
On 1 June 2021, it accused Australia and New Zealand of gross interference for condemning “destabilizing activities” in the South China Sea and raising grave concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang.
Terrified that many countries are calling China out, Virus Pong has ordered his officials to create a "trustworthy, lovable and respectable” image of China. The longer it tries to cheat, damage to China’s reputation will keep increasing. In May 2021, the top US official for Asia said that the era of cooperation with China was over. Demands for compensation are rising, with figures above USD 20 trillion being mentioned.
Precedents exist for reparations from aggressors.
Rome imposed large indemnities on Carthage after the First and Second Punic Wars of the 3rd century BCE.
Under the 1815 Treaty of Paris that ended the Napoleonic wars, France was ordered to pay 700 million francs, the most expensive war reparation ever in proportion to GDP
Germany and others had to pay huge reparations after the World Wars.
Iraq's liability for its invasion of Kuwait was assessed at US$ 350 billion.
As pressure mounts on China, since the world wants to know just what was going on in Wuhan, China’s spokesman retorts that the US should invite WHO experts to study virus origins in their more than 200 Biolabs all over the world.
Yet, Virus Pong persists with his delusion of ruling the planet, even if it is a Planet of the Apes.
He can live with his lies. I want to live with the truth.
(Deepak Vohra is a senior diplomat, special Advisor to Prime Minister on Lesotho, South Sudan and Guinea-Bissau and Special Advisor to Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Councils, Leh and Kargil)