‘Can Japan sue for US dropping nukes?’ Missouri decision to sue China over pandemic unleashes flood of awkward questions
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed suit on Tuesday against the Communist Party of China, as well as governments at local and provincial level, along with a number of smaller government agencies and research institutes upon which he laid the blame for “causing a global pandemic that was unnecessary and preventable.”Also on rt.com Let the blame games begin: Missouri sues China, including WUHAN LAB, over coronavirus outbreak
While his concerns have been shared by some governments around the world, as well as by many online eager to stick the wider collective failures which exacerbated the crisis on a singular, convenient scapegoat, some capricious contrarians online have stowed their pitchforks for the time being, recalling lessons (or lack thereof) from history.
Some opted to remind the Missouri AG of his state’s own history of inflicting misery upon thousands of Native Americans and the tens of thousands of slaves brought over from Africa.
Can African Americans and Indigenous Americans sue the state of Missouri for slavery and colonialism?— Temür the Chinese Muslim Fenqing (@steelmuslim) April 22, 2020
Others cited the appalling nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the US in World War II as worthy of a lawsuit.
When japan sue usa by nuclear bombs?— Carlos C. (@carlocarriere) April 22, 2020
However, in this instance, Japan waived the right to sue for reparations under the terms of the Treaty of San Francisco, though there was a failed attempt by a group of five survivors of the bombings to sue the US over the bombings.
In a more recent example worthy of examination, one Twitter user highlighted the H1N1 flu which initially broke out in the US in 2009 and ultimately killed over half a million people worldwide.
The H1N1 flu that broke out in the US in 2009 spread to 214 countries and regions, killing nearly 575,000 people in a single year. Has anyone demanded the US for compensation?Watch the same hysteria of US politicians from then to now. #Covid_19pic.twitter.com/KXL4gxCAur— Enrique (@Garou_Hidalgo) April 22, 2020
China when Missouri send a subpoena their way pic.twitter.com/ZiFK58Joy8— NB🇬🇭 (@N1NOBROWN) April 22, 2020
For its part, the Chinese Foreign Ministry called the lawsuit “ridiculous,” stating that it lacked “legal or factual basis.” It added that the measures against the coronavirus taken by the Chinese government “are not subject to the jurisdiction of the US courts.”
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