Coronavirus – April 7th, 2020

Six items in total…

“… even if the unleashing of COVID-19 was not intentional, the Chinese and other potential enemies have now seen how the U.S. government would react to a bioterror attack, and they have learned that the decision-makers will default on the side of short-term humanitarian concerns, sacrificing long-term damage to our economy and the freedoms that are the bedrock of our civilization… Enemy knowledge of this response increases the likelihood that there will be an intentional bioterror attack in the future.” – Victor J. Massad, “COVID-19: The security implications” – American Thinker, April 7th, 2020.

“Countries around the world were dismayed by China’s deceit in initially hiding the seriousness of the contagion and then shocked to find out how critical China was to the supply of their essential products – products such as life saving pharmaceuticals and rare minerals.” – Extract from C3RF Bulletin, March 27th, 2020.

“Our leaders can let us ‘take it on the chin’, as the British prime minister Boris Johnson has phrased it. In practice, that will mean allowing what is effectively a cull of many of the poor and elderly – one that will relieve governments of the financial burden of underfunded pension schemes and welfare payments.” – Jonathan Cook, “A lesson coronavirus is about to teach the world” – Unz Review, March 18th, 2020.

“A New Jersey man has been charged with making terroristic threats after he was accused of coughing on a supermarket employee and saying he was infected with the coronavirus behind the ongoing pandemic, authorities said Tuesday… George Falcone, 50, was issued a summons for terroristic threats in the third degree and other charges over the incident…” – Toronto Sun, “Terror charge for man over alleged cough on supermarket employee” – March 24th, 2020.

“We have seen that it was mostly foreigners who brought in the disease, and that it is mostly spreading among foreigners… We are fighting a two-front war. One front is called migration, and the other one belongs to the coronavirus.” – Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, quoted by Michael Lord in “Italy: Virologist says fears of racism slowed Italy’s coronavirus response; Florence Mayor urged Italians to ‘hug a Chinese’.” – Voice of Europe, March 19th, 2020.

“The night before I went shopping, I took a late walk through empty streets. A block from my house, an ambulance was parked in the middle of the road. I watched from a distance as two paramedics got out. They wrapped themselves in protective clothing. They put on masks and gowns and what looked like welder’s shields. Only then did they get a stretcher and go to the door.” – Richard Warnica, “As we wait for the COVID-19 tsunami, we live balanced between a new normal and catastrophe” – National Post, April 4th, 2020.