EIR LEAD EDITORIAL FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 29 , 2021
Fake ‘Investigation’ of Covid Origins Finds Nothing
Aug. 28, 2021 (EIRNS)—The massive hype by the war parties in the U.S. and the U.K. that China covered up the “fact” that the COVID-19 virus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology has taken a hit, as the 90-day investigation by the U.S. intelligence community, mandated by the Biden Administration, found no evidence that the virus had any source other than through nature. The idea that an intelligence community could determine such a thing was an absurdity from the beginning, but apparently the claims against China were so lacking in evidence that the intelligence agencies did not wish to risk being exposed for carrying out a purely political witch hunt, as happened with their fake “proof” of Russian collusion with Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
Some accusations were dangerously preposterous, such as those of Mike Pompeo, who suggested that the virus may have been intentionally created at the lab, and Niall Ferguson, the advocate of restoring the British Empire, who presented faked evidence that China intentionally sent infected persons to countries all over the world.
The final report from eight different U.S. intelligence agencies, released to the public with some redactions on Friday, Aug. 27, refuted such nonsense. The report says that one of the agencies claimed “modest confidence” that the virus came from the lab, but that it was purely accidental. Four other agencies said it emerged through natural transmission, although they had “low confidence” in the conclusion since the actual source is yet to be determined. Three agencies said they could reach no conclusions. The report says that there was “high confidence” that it was not a biological weapon, and that the government had no foreknowledge.
China’s response, as covered in a front page article in Global Times, was to ridicule the idea that intelligence experts, not scientists, could determine the source of the virus. Quoting Chinese experts, the Times says that the investigation has “ruined the self-proclaimed professional ethics of the U.S. intelligence community.” They also call on the U.S. to “rectify its anti-science attitude and conduct origins tracing in its own country.” [“U.S. ‘Inconclusive’ Intelligence Community Report on COVID-19 Origins ‘Lack of Confidence’: Expert”]
The Global Times editorial “U.S. Politicization of COVID-19 Origins Tracing Suffers a Major Setback,” asks, “Why did the U.S. intelligence community fail to even falsify evidence this time? After all, it has done this before.” They point to the “washing powder” which was presented as evidence that Iraq sought to obtain weapons of mass destruction, and U.S. funding the “White Helmets” to make fake videos accusing Syria of using chemical weapons against civilians. But, they assert, “These tricks are indeed hard to implement against China. The COVID-19 origins tracing is a major global issue, and people are all watching. Besides, facing the U.S.’ vicious and slanderous farce, China itself has sufficient capabilities to identify the information, defend itself and make counterattacks.”
The editorial strongly protests the claim in the U.S. report that China was “obstructing” the investigation, stating: “Can smearing China stop the Delta variant from raging on in the U.S.? Can it save the more than 600,000 lost lives due to the U.S. government’s ineffective fight against the epidemic?”
While some may object that this is “Chinese propaganda,” the facts are clear:
Nation COVID-19 Cases Deaths
China 122,852 5,680
U.S. 38,158,495 628,456
Recall that China has four times the population of the U.S.
Then, consider that over the past 50 years, the U.S. has systematically taken down its public health system, closing over 1,000 hospitals, while the number of available hospital beds fell from 1.5 million to 900,000. Why was this allowed to happen? Because part of President Nixon’s implementation of fascist economic policies, as exposed by Lyndon LaRouche at the time, was to privatize health care, making Wall Street’s insurance companies, not doctors, the formulators of health policy and the decision-makers for how much treatment would be allowed, based on profitability for stockholders, not the health of the individuals or of the nation.
Then consider that in the so-called “developing nations,” under IMF “conditionalities,” even a minimum level of health care has been denied in vast areas of the world. Half of Africa has no electricity, while 800 million people do not have access to clean water. Without electricity and clean water there can be no adequate health care. The Committee for the Coincidence of Opposites, founded by Helga Zepp-LaRouche and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders in 2020, is organizing for every country on Earth to have a modern health care system, as the urgent first step toward the development required to become modern industrial nations. China not only has such a modern health system for its 1.4 billion people, but is doing everything it can to build such systems in the 140 countries which have joined the Belt and Road Initiative, through what they call the Health Silk Road.
It is to be hoped that the United States, having begun the process of ending the “endless wars,” will join with Russia, China, Pakistan, Iran and the Central Asian nations, to build Afghanistan, with modern health systems, rail and road connectivity, and other basic infrastructure—and then extend that process throughout the world. That is the necessary task for the human race today.