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The regime now is in full propaganda mode, aided by the World Health Organization.
Andrew Nikiforuk is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about the energy industry for three decades and is a contributing editor to The Tyee. Find his previous stories here.
photo above: Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China. All public health data is handled by the party.
WN: A tragic tale of political cover-up abetted by the WHO. And the world consequently suffers from a planet-ravaging pandemic. May the backlash against the Chinese Communist Party, despite its “full-propaganda-mode” lies, contribute towards its downfall. Though one must be careful of what one wishes, considering the Russian Communist Party downfall and subsequent rise of Vladimir Putin. However, one Roman Catholic Cardinal in Myanmar was blunt. Please see: Asian cardinal says Communist Party to blame for covering up COVID-19.
And, as briefly mentioned in the article highlighted below, populist leaders such as Boris Johnson and Donald Trump present as mirror images of such buffoon political leadership, claiming to address flawlessly the mounting health inferno in their countries, but instead employ platitudes that at once downplay the horrific crisis while pouring gasoline onto the raging holocaust through the Big Lie: a technique first adumbrated by Hitler in Mein Kampf.
If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.
Goebbels (who may not have written the above) did write of the English, then imitated what he accused them of:
The essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence. Rather, it depends on a remarkably stupid thick-headedness. The English follow the principle that when one lies, one should lie big, and stick to it. They keep up their lies, even at the risk of looking ridiculous.
The above could not be a more succinct depiction of Trump’s “Deplorables”, fawningly and stupidly adhering to his multitudinous lies as truth, from Spin Master Kellyanne Conway to all Trump’s profoundly duped cultic sycophants. Please also see Bill Moyers in conversation with Robert Jay Lifton: Losing Reality: Can We Get the Truth Back?
Sadly, I know one cultist up close. He is so blind to it though, that he many times has cited the Big Lie of Nazi propaganda to rail against everything liberal, progressive, left wing, etc. His tilting at such windmills is not unlike (writes Karl Barth) Jean-Paul Sartre’s proud individualistic/existentialist “heroic” (so thought) “staring down of evil” (so imagined), when the real McCoy (the hubris of existentialist atheistic rugged individualism) all the time is mockingly leering over Sartre’s shoulder cheering on the charade.
Please see the outstanding article highlighted below. Please also see journalist Jeet Heer’s: All the President’s Crackpot.
“Warfare is the art of deceit.” — Sun-Tzu
The world is now paying a frightful price for a historical accident. It is this: a highly disruptive and novel virus happened to emerge first in China, a high-tech surveillance state that, despite the experience of SARS, remains allergic to the truth and fearful of transparency.
Compounding the cost to humanity is China’s influence over the World Health Organization, which has whitewashed its public health analysis and prescriptions at this crucial moment.
Let’s rewind this calamitous falling of dominos.
Seven deadly failures
Here’s what China’s regime botched over a two-month period . . .
7. At the very top, a failure of leadership.
According to the Wall Street Journal, President Xi led the response to the outbreak and was, like most political leaders including Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, slow to comprehend the gravity of the situation.
“He was leading the epidemic response when Wuhan went ahead with New Year celebrations despite the risk of wider infections. He was also leading the response when authorities let some five million people leave Wuhan without screening, and when they waited until Jan. 20 to announce the virus was spreading between humans,” noted the Wall Street Journal.
Xi later told party faithful in February that the state “acted swiftly and cohesively since the beginning.”
China’s embassy in Ottawa has offered a new version of this heroic story. “It is also under the leadership of the CPC [Communist Party of China] that the Chinese nation united as one and speedily fought against COVID-19, buying precious time for the global response.”
“None of this could have happened in the world if the People’s Republic of China was a free country and democracy rather than a dictatorship,” observed the Nobel laureate [Mario Vargas Llosa].
China’s Peruvian embassy promptly accused Llosa of spreading “evil comments filled with prejudice” and added that it was inaccurate to say the virus originated in China.
Meanwhile Llosa’s books immediately disappeared from online booksellers in China.
Unfortunately, China cannot erase the pandemic’s toll it has unleashed on the world or its reckless record of negligence.
Please click on: China’s Pandemic Culpability