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May 01, 2021

Bezos' Blog And NATO Lobby Continue To Stir Anti-Chinese Sentiment

The neo-conservative editors of Bezos' blog want another investigation into the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic:

THE PANDEMIC is a global health calamity, with 3.1 million people dead in little more than a year. Yet almost nothing is known about how it began, and the first attempt to discover the origins went nowhere.

The last statement is a lie. The WHO report of its investigation into the pandemic outbreak was published in early April. While it has not come to a definite conclusion it has ranked the possible origins of the pandemic.

It sees it as highly likely that the virus developed naturally and was adopted by animal hosts before it infected humans and further optimized itself. There is historical evidence that this happened when other coronaviruses changed their hosts became endemic in humans. Other theories, that the virus was developed in and/or escaped from a laboratory, are inconsistent with the structure and functionality of the virus and therefore highly unlikely. The still open question is which animal hosts might have been involved in the evolution of the virus. Research into that will continue.

The reasons the WaPo editors reopen the issue has nothing to do with real concern about the origin of the pandemic. The sole purpose is to further incite hostility towards China. We can discern this from the author of the open letter which prompted the editorial:

A group of scientists, in an open letter released Friday, correctly called for a “full scientific and forensic investigation into all possible origins” of the virus, and provided a set of unanswered questions about the laboratory and its work.

The ten pages long letter lists a number of questions and makes unreasonable demands for free access to certain Chinese databases and forensic collections. It is signed by 26 'scientists' only half of whom seem to be from a related medical or biological field.

The main organizer of the letter a is one Jamie Metzl, who has a law but no science degree and is a fellow at the NATO lobby Atlantic Council:

He previously served as executive vice president of the Asia Society, deputy staff director of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, senior coordinator for international public information at the US State Department, director for multilateral affairs on the National Security Council, and as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations in Cambodia.

The open letter is hosted at Metzl's personal site jamiemetzl.com.

The same organizer and many of the same signers had already published an open letter in early March. It pressed for an 'independent investigation' even before the WHO investigation in China was finished:

We have therefore reached the conclusion that the [WHO] joint team did not have the mandate, the independence, or the necessary accesses to carry out a full and unrestricted investigation into all the relevant SARS-CoV-2 origin hypotheses -whether natural spillover or laboratory/research-related incident.
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For this reason, we believe it is essential that the contours of a full and unrestricted investigation be outlined to set a standard against which current and future efforts can be evaluated.

'Origin hypotheses' are not equal. Some make scientifically sense while other are just crackpot ideas.

No sovereign country, be it the U.S., Monaco or China, will allow a 'full and unrestricted investigation' into anything sensitive by an outside group. This especially not when the call for it comes from a hostile lobby and from a person who had previously argued against that country's interest. To ask for such an investigation is useless. It will simply never happen.

The letter writing, and its discussion by the Washington Post, are thus not serious. Their only purpose is to promote anti-Chinese sentiment by pushing a crackpot theory for which there is no hint of evidence.

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In support of William Gruff's position #99 I am repeating my comment from above

Blaming Covid on China is a wedge [project on others what you are guilty of doing] issue for empire.

If they can get folks to believe that Covid came from China then its sets the stage for
a) China's response was good because they created it and had inside knowledge
b) China's release of Covid is an aggressive action necessitating war/isolation/sanctions/tariffs
c) Empire must be forgiven for its response to the Covid attack causing so many deaths because the attack was aimed at the core of freedumb and dumbocracy cover for the global private finance elite behind the curtain.

The shit show will continue until it doesn't.....

..........

I agree with Gruff that they may be trying to do narrative control if emerging science points in the lab release direction

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 3 2021 1:21 utc | 101

William Gruff @99

They seek to blame China as the source for the predictive programming event as described in my post @100.

The US can easily get Dr Peter Daszak (President of Ecohealth Alliance, substantial funder of research at Wuhan into bat viruses and part of the WHO team that investigated Wuhan [clear conflict of interest there but no-one seemed to mind]) to blame China if they so wished. They didn't wish it; they want to maintain unresolved tension.

The virus does not have to be "artificial" to have escaped from a lab; surely, you realise that? The zootonic theory is nonsense but it re-enforces the Wuhan Biolab theory, i.e. the virus came from bats, Wuhan was researching (and collecting) bat viruses. So you can't win either way; zootonic or Biolab amounts to the same thing because of "bats".

I have to make it clear I don't believe any of this tosh because there is no evidence but it would be nice if you actually knew something about the narrative that you are pushing.

And the scientists are part of it, for god's sake they are "gaslighting" you!

Posted by: ADKC | May 3 2021 1:39 utc | 102

psychohistorian @101

There is no "emerging science" pointing in the direction of a lab release or any other direction.

Like it or not the zootonic theory also points the finger at China as I described @102.

You escape this all by simply recognising that it is all (zootonic, Biolab) rubbish, that you have been (and are being) manipulated and that there is no deadly pandemic.

Posted by: ADKC | May 3 2021 1:50 utc | 103

@ ADKC | May 3 2021 1:50 utc | 103 who projected of me
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You escape this all by simply recognising that it is all (zootonic, Biolab) rubbish, that you have been (and are being) manipulated and that there is no deadly pandemic.
"

Lets not conflate whether Covid is a pandemic with the issue of where it came from.

I used the term emerging science because I skim/read a lot and, it seems to me, that, along with the $trillions "stolen from the US Treasury/public under the cover of Covid, many aspects of Covid have and are being manipulated.

I have not seen proof of anything regarding Covid, but have seen enough empire perfidy to not put it past them.....and like many things our species are doing for power/fear/control that I think are imprudent, given that the public through sovereign governments do not control the life blood financial systems, so MIC shit research like this is funded, and that is crux of the civilization war currently underway....build a society to continue barbarism or one to foster more humanistic forms of social organization?

Learn from China's 70+ years of example or fight it to mutual death.....

Posted by: psychohistorian | May 3 2021 2:12 utc | 104

ADKC @102

Sure, they could get Daszak to blame China... or maybe not, as that would drag him in deeper, and I doubt he wants that.

As other posters here have previously pointed out (Old Microbiologist, and vk to name a couple) the facility in Wuhan was public and had no Top Secret black holes in it where the virus could have come from. Everything in the facility was documented and accounted for. The CIA has to throw suspicion towards Wuhan without getting too specific as the details will point back to Maryland.

Posted by: William Gruff | May 3 2021 2:26 utc | 105

A summary of what we know can be drawn at this point, even with all the persisting unknowns:

- to one who knows about viruses, an escape from a lab where it was developed and selected does not sound probable
but
- to one who knows the Empire, considering that China and the Iranian government environment were the first hit, it's not excluded that a selected virus has been put into circulation by agents of the Empire.

The US (or some dependency of it) is of course able to do this -- after all, it didn't blink when nuking Japan or doing 9/11, etc. And they have the means, and they have been preparing. So that's possible, even if not seen as very probable.

There is, though, a silver lining to this horror story: because the Chinese have known the above for a long time, they were ready and on hair-trigger alarm for a biological warfare attack, and they fully reacted as for biological warfare.

With 2 results:
1. The Chinese, under a government that genuinely seems to care for the welfare of their people, decisively defeated the epidemic by acting decisively, and they have a clean conscience, having publicized every step they took;

2. The Empire, or collective West, under a ruling Mafia that not only doesn't give a rat's ass about people or welfare, but is too mentally retarded to think beyond its obsessions, refused all medically sound and common-sense indications coming from China (or elsewhere), in fact did the exact contrary, and fucked itself, geopolitically speaking.

As always, we the people will be paying, because we always are too stupid to use the guillotine before it gets too late.

Posted by: Piero Colombo | May 3 2021 3:51 utc | 106

@ Piero Colombo.. i am sure more then a few of us in the west would be more then happy to use the guillotine on a number of these western politicians..

Posted by: james | May 3 2021 4:10 utc | 107

@86 Cyril
That`s pretty much what could have been expected. For centuries infectious diseases have been spreading along trade routes. For Iran China is a major trade partner.

@94 aguadraht
You clearly don`t know what you are talking about.

Posted by: m | May 3 2021 5:08 utc | 108

Petro, "to one who knows about viruses, an escape from a lab where it was developed and selected does not sound probable"
untrue, French Nobel prize Luc Montagnier expressed his impressions that the virus could only be lab-made because of a number of specificities. People have treated his comments prudently as that of a senile man.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luc_Montagnier#Coronavirus_pandemic

Posted by: Mina | May 3 2021 9:52 utc | 109

@ Posted by: ADKC | May 3 2021 1:39 utc | 102

So, you're telling me that the reason the USA didn't propagandize China leaked the virus from a lab is evidence the virus came from a Chinese lab?

This is getting ridiculous. Admit you're wrong and move on.

And, artificial or not, every lab has a "catalogue" of all the viruses it keeps. It would be really useless if you created a weapon you don't know to exist/you can't control, so this must always be true. The WHO had the access to the Wuhan "catalogue" and the SARS-CoV-2 wasn't there, so we know the virus didn't come from that lab.

As for the argument that the SARS-CoV-2 is a "top secret", out of the books virus that leaked from the Wuhan lab: listen, you can use the "top secret" argument to everything in life - my wife has a top secret lover, my mediocre son is a top secret genius, my neighbor top secret wants to murder me with a chainsaw, etc. etc. There's a line that separates a hypothesis from a conspiracy theory. Arguing the SARS-CoV-2 came out from the Wuhan lab is a conspiracy theory.

Besides, as I've already said, the "bioweapon theory" is, at best, an academic exercise. This is not Iraq or Syria: no Western will ever come to a five-mile radius from a Chinese security facility. There will never be a Chinese correspondent to the OPCW chemical weapons report or the WMD report. Stop discussing and acting as if China will ever crack to Western pressure and allow some kind of UN mission to enter its territory.

Posted by: vk | May 3 2021 14:05 utc | 110

From India's communist MSM: Communist Party of China social media account faces backlash in China after mocking India’s COVID deaths

Posted by: Antonym | May 3 2021 14:29 utc | 111

Mr. ADKC

"...The film is pure predictive programming from start to finish, pushing a narrative that prepares the public for a future event..."

I suppose then an Alien Invasion would be next?

Or would it be an Asteroid Disaster?

Or, a Global Climate Catastrophe?

Posted by: fyi | May 3 2021 18:28 utc | 112

Mr. Cyril

There have been lots and lots of commercial flights between Iran and China.

Iranians operate a robust air-travel and air-transport industry - solely by themselves.

Posted by: fyi | May 3 2021 18:30 utc | 113

I firmly believe that the original covid virus came from a bio lab in the US. This is because very early on there had been many US reporting about a potential chinese lab leek, back when the pandemic was pretty much limited to China only, when everyone thought it came from bats. There was no need to make China look bad back then, cause it already did. As in crime cases, only the truly guilty know so much detail early on.

Posted by: Cindy6 | May 3 2021 20:54 utc | 114

@Gehenna | May 2 2021 19:55 utc | 92

A lot of air traffic happens. From China to the rest of the world and vice versa.

@m | May 3 2021 5:08 utc | 108

[Infection of Iran by China is] pretty much what could have been expected. For centuries infectious diseases have been spreading along trade routes. For Iran China is a major trade partner.


@Gehenna supposes that SARS-CoV-2 was a leak from the Wuhan BSL4 lab and was spread by airplane to Iran. Why first to Iran? And why, of all places in a large country, did the holy city Qom get hit first?

If his response is that Chinese took frequent flights to Iran, my answer is that Chinese took far more flights to Europe. So the SARS-CoV-2 strain prevalent in China, in the early months at least, was Europe's strain? Right?

Wrong. Peter Forster et al published a phylogenetic study in PNAS, a heavily refereed journal, one of the world's most prestigious publications. (Warning: that document is a PDF file.) As he discovered, the dominant strain in China, which he called Type A, was different from Europe's strain, Type B. If China was indeed responsible for triggering the European crisis, why were the strains different?

Perhaps Type A mutated into B during the brief airplane trip? Very unlikely. Besides, the airplane passenger in whom B arose would have had lots of A as well. So why weren't both strains prominent in Europe? (In reality, B was overwhelmingly prevalent there.)

The most likely conclusion is that the pandemic did not start in China. This conclusion is supported by another finding by Forster, namely that the USA had lots of A, B, and yet another strain, C. The virus must have resided in the US for a while and mutated into the three types. One type, A, infected China. B infected Europe.

Even more support comes from the belated dating of several cases of Covid-19 in Europe; these indicate that the virus was active there months before the first case in Wuhan.

Posted by: Cyril | May 4 2021 4:10 utc | 115

Potholer did an excellent video tracing the origins of the lab leak nonsense and demolishing it nearly a year ago.

Posted by: CharlieB | May 4 2021 14:11 utc | 116

We all know that USA has been pointing fingers at China for a year now. And that continues.

But I've detected a new effort at blame-shifting that points AWAY FROM Empire malfeasance by hyping alternate conspiracies. This is exemplified by people like Yeadon. In this effort, half-truths and libertarian themes (Anti-mask, anti-"lockdowns") are used to draw people in.

We are into "crisis actors" territory. LOL.

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oglalla @May1 18:27 #17: Thanks for the mention!
!!

Posted by: Jackrabbit | May 4 2021 14:25 utc | 117

Jackrabbit, thanks for the many insightful comments. Appreciate your perspective!

Posted by: Bruised Northener | May 4 2021 14:42 utc | 118

For those seeking the leak......try National Virology Lab, Winnipeg, Canada. This lab studies bat virus. Unauthorized samples were being sent out (spring 2019)by lab scientists, sent where, to whom? Illegal GOF testing perhaps. The Canadian government is stalling with answers, what's new. The scientists at the lab were arrested and escorted out. They sent out Henepah samples, Henepah is a bat virus.........aka cv19. It's in plain sight where samples of bat virus were being shipped outside regulatory controls, that's a major breech, but don't worry, look over there, or there, but don't look where we know, illegally, sample of virus were being shipped out, duh!

Posted by: sean the leprechaun | May 4 2021 15:10 utc | 119

For those seeking information about sean the leperchaun's claims... try searching for information on the accusations against Canada's only level 4 lab, the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg, Canada. As in Wuhan, Candian officals claimed to be interested in defensive uses of biological research, not in creating weapons. But there were many accusations in the media that the opposite is what was happening -- exactly like the arguments used against Wuhan in China. Canada is developing biological weapons, and therefore, must shut down this lab of horrors. Some speculated that the Pentagon was trying to force Canada to close it's only level 4 lab. All that research would have to be outsourced, in that case. I wonder to where.

Posted by: Bruised Northener | May 4 2021 15:34 utc | 120

Sure they just happened to be doing gain of function research on coronaviruses at the Wuhan lab... but no way did it escape. Trust us. lol

Dr Fauci backed coronavirus research

Posted by: goldhoarder | May 5 2021 15:09 utc | 121

https://www.indianpunchline.com/boris-johnson-walks-away-laughing-with-indias-serum-institute-in-tow/
UK contracts vs EU and Indian ones...

Posted by: Mina | May 5 2021 15:49 utc | 122

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