The US initial response to COVID-19 has been described as pathetic, to say the least. When the pandemic first hit China, some US politicians gloated and tried to devise means to seize economic advantage to “Make America Great Again.” They even played a blame game over the virus origin, instead of focusing on taking steps to protect Americans. The ulterior motives behind this stigmatisation are exposed in Part 1 of this analysis.
As of May 19, Beijing Time (GMT +8), the US has reported more than 1.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases cumulatively with over 90,000 deaths, both figures are the highest in the world.
In the face of the poor pandemic response, economic slowdown, bipartisan hostility, and divided public opinions, some US politicians are head over heels busy, not battling the outbreak and saving lives, but shifting the blame and putting on one disgusting farce after another.
The US stood by with folded arms at the onset of the outbreak when it first appeared in China.On January 30, local time, a senior US official claimed in an interview that “the viral outbreak in China could offer upside to the US economy by encouraging manufacturers to move back to America.”
His remarks astonished the world. While China was at its most difficult times battling the virus, senior US officials, instead of showing the slightest sign of morality and compassion, gloated over China’s misfortune and thought about taking advantage of it for their benefits.
The US buried its head in the sand of arrogance and self-conceit.
China began to regularly notify the World Health Organization (WHO) and countries and regions, including the US of its outbreak information and containment measures from January 3.
From then on to early March, when the pandemic picked up speed sweeping across the US, in a valuable period of two months, Washington first played down the pandemic situation and focused only on the confirmed cases without taking any preventive measures, which, when taken later, turned out loose and faulty.
The US politicians ridiculously believed that they could “block” the virus spread just by “burying their heads in the sand”. When they finally woke up to reality, it was too late. Exactly as the American website Politico commented, the mishandling by the US government exacerbated the pandemic crisis.
The US has been trying to deceive the world and blame others for its own mistakes.
As the outbreak escalated at home, some American politicians, turning a blind eye to facts, have been trying to scapegoat the World Health Organization (WHO) for Washington’s poor response. The US declared on April 14, local time, to suspend its funding for the WHO.
However, the mainstream view in the international community is that it’s the US, not the WHO that has destroyed the global cooperation in battling the virus. Christopher Hill, former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, published an article criticising the US government for brooding about only one thing at the moment – buck-passing.
He is right in saying so. Apart from passing the buck to China and WHO, certain American politicians also instigated some media to call the coronavirus “China virus” and “Wuhan virus” and labeled China’s anti-virus cooperation with the world as “diplomatic campaign” or “propaganda initiative.” They came up with the theories that China had covered up its epidemic situation and falsified data, and even made absurd arguments that the virus came from a Chinese lab and China should make compensation.
Such mud-flinging at China by those politicians in total ignored facts and confused right and wrong, revealed their vicious intentions. With their inherent arrogance and prejudice, they are trying to deflect the spotlight of public opinions by spreading rumors and lies and flaming up discrimination, xenophobia, and racism regardless of international justice.
Former US President Abraham Lincoln once said: “You may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time.” The mean lies and fallacies spread by certain American politicians may deceive a small group of people, but not the whole world; they may deceive some people part of the time, but not all the time.
The virus is a common enemy to all humankind. Those sinister American politicians will one day pay a high price for what they did – they will bring miseries to the American people, pave the way for their decline, and ruin their political credibility.
They may have long put aside the book The World is Flat authored by economist Thomas Friedman. Still, they should at least re-read For Whom the Bell Tolls, a novel by famous American writer Ernest Hemingway, in which a famous sentence says, “every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main…. Any man’s death diminishes me, for I am involved in mankind. Any therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”