I used to review books for one of the local newspapers when St. Louis had more than one daily. One of the first I did was an intriguing volume, entitled The Plague of the Spanish Lady, written by Richard Collier in 1974. The book described in full detail the influenza pandemic that killed roughly 50 million people between the spring of 1918 and early 1920. Comparable in its ferocity, only with the Black Death of the Middle Ages, the disease struck world-wide within a three month period with such devastation that apparently fit men could drop dead in the street without warning and the medical world came seriously to fear the end of civilization.
It was especially hard on Spain, where the disease first gained undeserved worldwide publicity. Collier set out to present the pandemic in terms of human experience, based on the memories of more than 1700 world survivors. For the first time, the public did not have to rely on dry medical textbooks or the fantastic creation of a novelist but the broad reactions of ordinary citizens as the disease grew in intensity. Unfortunately, many nations would erroneously hold Spain responsible for the pandemic. It was Russia’s Pravda that first reported Ispanka (The Spanish Lady) is in town and for much of the globe. So, it became unofficially christened, The Spanish Lady.
In retrospect, it was entirely unfair to name it after Spain; but, as a neutral during the war, Spain was one of the few nations to honestly report the severity of the disease. Speculation says that it probably originated in the trenches in France or Germany. Collier’s title, a veiled reference to an Irish folksong, written in 1883, added a mysterious quality to the deadly disease that took 675,000 American lives of a population of about 110 million. The song focused on a man who eyes a seductive woman in a pub. Most think she was a prostitute and he was forced to leave though he dreamed of enjoying her sultry charms. The hidden text is that prostitutes often carry disease and this woman could have infected and killed him, serving metaphorically for millions of people around the world.
The plague of 2019-? does not have the romance or color that the Spanish Lady image conjured. Unlike the false origins of the 20th century plague, this one has arguably specific roots that are possible to identify. In the Atlantic Magazine, in April of 2020, Nadia Schadlow, a former deputy national security adviser for strategy, now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, published an article that that appears to credit President Trump as being correct on his initial judgment of the cause and blame of the virus that is still killing thousands around the globe.
While Trump had been severely criticized for turning his back on the worn-out geopolitical ideas of the 1940’s, Schadlow offers that the current emergency has proved him right in fundamental ways—about China specifically and foreign policy more generally…Far from discrediting Trump’s opinion, she believes that the COVID-19 crisis proved the essence of his geopolitical assertions that the world is a competitive arena with great power rivalries like China and the United States, who seek to gain the advantage. Trump was using the America tariffs on Chinese imports as a lever to force Beijing to lower its tariffs on our goods, much to the chagrin of America’s business leaders and the Wall Street Journal, who fear tariffs like the plague. From all apparent sources, it appears that Trump was causing consternation in China as our economy was rebounding sharply from years of Obama stagnation. They had to stop him.
Like a lightning bolt from above, the whole world was thrown into economic chaos. That is, except for the Chinese who took full advantage of the global crisis, which was too good and advantageous to let go to waste. Did China have an agency role in this sudden turn of events? Thanks to French philosopher, Jean Jacques Rousseau, much of the Western world labors under the false assumption that people are by nature—good. Rousseau condemned institutions, such monarchies, the Church and the bourgeois, as being responsible for all the world’s evil. But what about governments? They are administered by people, are they not? What about China’s government? Its track record, since Communist Mao Zedong chased Chiang Kai-shek across the Strait of Formosa in 1949, has been one of the bloodiest dictatorships in world history.
The case for the pandemic being called the Wuhan Virus starts with the State of Missouri’s lawsuit against the Peoples Republic that lays out a logical sequence of events that has been virtually denied to millions of Americans by the country’s Media propagandists. The suit contends that there was an appalling campaign of deceit, concealment, misfeasance, and inaction by the Chinese authorities that unleashed this initial outbreak. They also deceived the public, suppressed crucial information, arrested whistleblowers, denied human-to-human transmissions in the face of mounting evidence, destroyed critical medical research, permitted millions of people to be exposed to the virus, and even hoarded personal protective equipment—this causing a global pandemic that was unnecessary and preventable.
As for this having been a pure accident or a deliberately planned assault on humanity, this matter is debatable. Let me start with Logic. Let’s say it was accidentally started in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where they study and sometimes create infectious diseases. It is a fact that the WIV has been engaging in gain of function research for a long time, some of it even funded by Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Health. Gain-of-function can be defined as an euphemism for biological research aimed at increasing the virulence and lethality of pathogens and viruses. Its focus is on enhancing the pathogens’ ability to infect different species and to increase their deadly impact as airborne pathogens and viruses. Ostensibly, GoF research is conducted for biodefense purposes. It goes without saying that these pathogens can also be used in germ warfare.
It was Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s chief of staff who exhorted Democrats to never waste a good crisis. It is very easy for me to believe that the accident happened, probably in November of 2019 or maybe even earlier and was not announced until March of 2020 when the United Sates started to take it seriously. Close to a half million Chinese had already flown to this country, many for Chinese New Year and hit every major American city that has a Chinatown, in February 2020. This can explain the huge outbreaks in California and New York to me. The escape of the virus may have been an accident but it is almost impossible to think that its spread was accidental.
Simple Logic tells me that China had much to gain by either creating the crisis or increasing its virulence in this country. First of all, it would and did virtually ruin President Trump’s bid for re-election and secondly it would and did remove America as China’s biggest obstacle to its world domination. When the virus hit the U.S. economy, it was in the early stages of a full economy boom. Within a matter of months, the American economy was in a tailspin as the government shut down virtually every aspect of our commerce. To understand this fully, think of the Latin phrase, cui bono, translated as whose good or maybe even follow the money.
In her Atlantic piece, Schadlow mentioned several other reasons why the geopolitical situation is even more critical than first believed. The coronavirus experience demonstrates that economic interaction does not occur in a vacuum of geopolitical competition. Dependence on China for crucial medical equipment throughout the pandemic has illuminated the dangers of a hyper-globalized economy. She also reminded us that experts had warned of American dependence on key drug ingredients from China. The Wall Street Journal has reported that China is the only maker of key ingredients for certain classes of drugs, including established antibiotics that treat a range of bacterial infections such as pneumonia. American dependence on Chinese suppliers for other pharmaceuticals and medical supplies is very troubling.
This is not only bad politics but foolish cooperation with an authoritarian state such as the CCP. We have been naive by falling into Rousseau’s naive trap. This also included allowing China to virtually take over our communication systems. During the European colonialism and groundbreaking treaty ports on their coast starting with Canton, the Chinese emperor demanded tribute from his vassals. This situation is far more dangerous today and China’s Communist government is far more international and lethal than if was in the 17th century.
Of course, in today’s America, I have gone way beyond the public’s distorted understanding of reality. I have exceeded the place by far, where the Wokkies will summarily dismiss my logic with the same old canard about this being a conspiracy theory. This has been a standard dodge to discredit any negative thoughts that might pollute their idealism and force a return on their space ships to earth. I seriously doubt reasonable people will fail to see the logic in my analysis of the Wuhan Virus. Just look at China’s misanthropic policy of forced abortions on pregnant women, that has resulted in millions of dead unborn children, disproportionally female. How many of us have forgotten the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989? Add to these, China’s treatment of minorities, such as the Uighurs, its treaty violation and persecution of Hong Kong and its citizens. We should also recognize that its global designs on Taiwan and even Japan.
The Chinese have been anything but transparent. Given their track record, is it imaginary or conspiratorial to think that they could have accidentally or possibly deliberately unleashed a virus upon the world for political and economic reasons? They have denied everything, have failed to co-operate, blamed our soldiers and prevented any thorough neutral inspections or investigations. If it crawls and growls like a Panda, then maybe it is a Panda. Thanks to a Logic course I took in college, I believe their failure to report the escape of the deadly pathogens of Wuhan was inhumane and arguably took down an annoying president, as part of a deep conspiracy that will irretrievably alter world history, especially American History.