Send gunboats to China to shake up REPARATIONS for unleashing Covid-19 ‘weapon’ on the world, award-winning British journo says
Beijing should pay the world ‘reparations’ for the economic damage caused by Covid-19 and, if necessary, it can be forced militarily to do so, said conservative British political commentator Douglas Murray without a hint of irony.
Murray, an author best known for his critiques of Islam and woke culture, has outlined his case for making China pay for the pandemic in a Thursday piece in the Spectator, the influential weekly with strong ties to the Conservative Party. The rallying call was unleashed in response to news that the Chinese economy is expected to grow in 2020 despite the global slowdown caused by the coronavirus.
“I resent the prospect of China walking away from 2020 spinning headlines about the positive economic message its economic boom sends to the rest of the world,” Murray explained.
"Is it a conspiracy theory to believe this could have been deliberate? I wouldn’t have said so, and nor do many people in the intelligence world. In 2020 China achieved one of the greatest coups in financial history," writes @DouglasKMurrayhttps://t.co/vhRoRECP3D— The Spectator US (@SpectatorUSA) December 3, 2020
Beijing’s culpability hinges on the fact that SARS-CoV-2 was first identified in the Hubei Province of China and that it was hurt less by it than many other nations. Murray says the coronavirus plausibly either emerged naturally or was accidentally released from a lab in the city of Wuhan, but entertained the possibility that the disease was unleashed on purpose.
Is it a conspiracy theory to believe this could have been deliberate?
“I wouldn’t have said so, and nor do many people in the intelligence world,” he said, without offering any names of intelligence professionals subscribing to this theory. In a follow-up interview on Talkradio, he mentioned agencies of the Anglophone Five Eyes group, who allegedly think “it is worth looking into.”
“What is clear is that the CCP will do anything in order to ensure we do not linger on the WMD it released this year,” he wrote, referring to China’s ruling Communist Party and apparently describing the coronavirus as a weapon of mass destruction.
The result of this “release”, according to Murray, is that China is now in a position to buy property cheaply all over the world while “bullying” anyone opposing it, like Australia. And as a bonus, US President Donald Trump, “who appeared to be the only person in the world willing to take on the CCP, was taken out in the election.”Also on rt.com Covid contradiction? Pompeo believes coronavirus was 'man-made,' also agrees with intelligence that it was not
So, now is the time for countries of the world to “unite” and enforce “reparations,” the article concludes. “I am open to suggestions on how we do this: sanctions, gunboats – nothing should be off the table. China gave us 2020. We need to make them pay for it,” Murray said.
The idea that China should be footing the bill for the failed policies of Western governments has its proponents – including in the Trump administration. Murray’s take on it, however, seems fine-tuned to spark outrage in China, considering the country’s past humiliation from British colonialism, critics pointed out.
They deliberately got incompetent governments elected in US & UK? They knew that UK’s gov’t would mistakenly follow a flu model & ignore the successful measures used by Asia-Pacific? Did you see the videos in Wuhan in January? You know there was massive unrest in China Jan-Mar?👎🏼— Acinda Jardern (@DwinnersCovi) December 3, 2020
Never mind Opium Wars, British neocon wants China to pay because Anglo countries f**ked up COVID response 🤷🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/Kcrn4T1Atg— Carl Zha (@CarlZha) December 3, 2020
Britain’s past sins, according to Murray, need not to be compensated for. Reparations are not about demands by “certain communities to be given vast cash payouts for things that happened before they were born, to people they never knew, by people they never met.” So, it seems grievances come with an expiration date.
Yes, or the looting of the Old Summer Palace is a symbol which will instantly pop-up in every Chinese person’s mind as soon as they hear compensation is being claimed by Western countries. IMO there is nothing to be gained for anyone in the reciprocal claims which would follow.— Boris (@taillarb) December 3, 2020
The demand to pay up, interestingly, paints the Covid-19 pandemic in a purely economic framework and fails to mention its human cost, some commenters said.
what is so funny here is that not once in the entire article are deaths by COVID-19 even mentioned. he literally does not even pretend to care. it's entirely about money and the deficit, apparently. it's like a real-life caricature of Toryism https://t.co/6bS6DAJpED— Bad China Takes (@BadChinaTake) December 3, 2020
This metric varies dramatically among Western nations. The US and the UK have some of the worst death tolls, which is measured in hundreds of thousands and tens of thousands respectively. Australia and New Zealand, who happen to be part of Five Eyes, came through relatively unscathed, having just over 900 and only 25 Covid-19 fatalities on their respective records.
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