a public apology to alligator ed
At the end of one of his recent posts on Covid-19 and the loss of OldFactory (h/t Klinger M*A*S*H*) and sense taste, he’d written:
Dr. Wen Liang, martyred by the CCP, was the first to publicly state there was a "new kind of pneumonia. Dr Wen was an ophthalmologist.
I’d been so taken aback by his (to me) anti-Chinese agitprop, I’d said close to: ‘So you’re one of them? Who knew? Especially in this case because the only things we know about AKA: Dr. Li Wenliang come from the Western Press. There are of course myriad things we don’t know, and said later, but he felt I’d slapped him in the face, and indeed I had. I also apologize for not having taken the time to question him as to why in the world of Carmen Sandiego he’d accepted that version of Western Realpolitik so readily.
That the virus has been weaponized ever more evilly against Iran, VZ, China, Russia, Syria, and Cuba this past week is sociopathic almost beyond belief. The root cause seems to be fear and loathing of the Great Competitor Nations and their allies, as this dying Empire struggles to exert maximum pressure by increased economic terrorism (War by Other Means) in order to cause internal regime changes. As well, this Empire and NATO seek hegemonic control in any and every sphere it can...and does.
And yet China and Russia have sent boatloads, trainloads, and planeloads of help to many the hardest hit nations, both in gowns, masks, gloves, and ventilators; yet many nations have called their efforts ‘virtue-signaling after the fact’, and their products ‘useless’. Cuba has sent at least a hundred doctors and medicines to Italy, even though the US had sanctioned many of them for having helped out in Venezuela earlier.
Now I can’t say that this is so, but it does have the ring of truth to it:
‘White House Pushes U.S. Officials to Criticize China For Coronavirus ‘Cover-Up’; A State Department cable obtained by The Daily Beast says the U.S. and the American people are the “greatest humanitarians the world has ever known.”, dailybeast.com, March 21, 2020
“As the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow at a rapid pace in the U.S., the White House is launching a communications plan across multiple federal agencies that focuses on accusing Beijing of orchestrating a “cover-up” and creating a global pandemic, according to two U.S. officials and a government cable obtained by The Daily Beast.
The cable, sent to State Department officials Friday, lays out in detail the circumstances on the ground in China, including data on coronavirus cases and deaths, the local business environment and transportation restrictions. But it also issues guidelines for how U.S. officials should answer questions on, or speak about, the coronavirus and the White House’s response in relation to China.
The talking points appear to have originated in the National Security Council. One section of the cable reads “NSC Top Lines: [People’s Republic of China] Propaganda and Disinformation on the Wuhan Virus Pandemic.”
“Chinese Communist Party officials in Wuhan and Beijing had a special responsibility to inform the Chinese people and the world of the threat, since they were the first to learn of it,” the cable reads. “Instead, the... government hid news of the virus from its own people for weeks, while suppressing information and punishing doctors and journalists who raised the alarm. The Party cared more about its reputation than its own people’s suffering.”
One of the results of those internal deliberations appears to be a renewed focus on underscoring China’s missteps. Two U.S. officials working on the administration’s coronavirus response said the White House is pushing federal agencies to stick closely to the national security council’s talking points, especially when senior officials take to the podium, to ensure continuity with President Trump.”
“The [Chinese Communist Party] is waging a propaganda campaign to desperately try to shift responsibility for the global pandemic to the United States. This effort is futile,” one of the talking points in the cable reads. “Thanks to the… cover-up, Chinese and international experts missed a critical window to contain the outbreak within China and stop its global spread. Saving lives is more important than saving face.”
Well, you get the gist, but there’s more, of course.
Yes, every nation has their own propaganda and spins on issues, but no nation comes close to Amerikan (and NATO) agitprop. Iraq? "Saddam stole babies out of their incubators" for instance, was created by a Madison Ave. advertising agency; never mind compromised humanitarian NGOs including Avaaz actively pursuing the impeachment of Dima Rouseeff.
But again, alligator ed, my apologies for my cavalierly rude comment,