Contours of Our New Civil War

If a new civil war begins, or has already begun, what will it look like? It will look like what you’re seeing in the news every day, except it will deepen and spread. Think Portland! Think Seattle! Think Chicago! Think New York! It won’t look like our last Civil War, any more than the Cold War resembled WWII. We are facing an attenuated cold civil war.

Many of our leaders do not understand the dangers that we face, and the risks that they are running. But we ought not to be surprised. In the late between 1854 and 1861, the Democrats misread the political situation and plunged the country into its bloodiest war. They did it because they saw themselves losing power and they rather risk war, and tear the nation apart, than allow themselves to lose their power.

The election in November, no matter who wins, may end it, or deepen it. Only time will tell.

WHO Lied to the World and Covered for China!

From an Associated Press report yesterday. Someone at WHO is obviously leaking recording of internal meetings.

Throughout January, the World Health Organization publicly praised China for what it called a speedy response to the new coronavirus and thanked the Chinese government for sharing the genetic map of the virus “immediately.”

But in fact, Chinese officials sat on releasing the genetic map, or genome, of the deadly virus for over a week after multiple government labs had fully decoded it, not sharing details key to designing tests, drugs and vaccines. Strict controls on information and competition within the Chinese public health system were largely to blame, The Associated Press has found from internal documents, emails and dozens of interviews.

Health officials only released the genome after a Chinese lab published it ahead of authorities on a virology website on Jan 11. Even then, China stalled for at least two weeks more on giving WHO the details it needed, according to recordings of multiple internal meetings held by the U.N. health agency in January — all at a time when the outbreak arguably might have been dramatically slowed.

Although WHO continued to publicly commend China, the recordings obtained by the AP show they were concerned China was not sharing enough information to assess the risk posed by the new virus, costing the world valuable time.