The demonization of China

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The 'lab-leak' theory is not of equal value - promoting it furthers the China hawks

"It is a sad experience to see that several writers I like and often agree with are propping up a Russiagate-like conspiracy theory about the origins of the coronavirus..."

That Moon of Alabama article is clueless on several levels.

For me, the preponderance of evidence still leans toward a non-lab origin of the virus, though any definitive claim either way at this point is completely unfounded. There is always the possibility of lab leaks anywhere in the world.

Automatically calling scientists and journalists who lean toward--or merely leave open--the possibility of a lab origin as "conspiracy theorists" is unfounded political polemics, not science.

Many labs across the planet play god, and dice, with infectious diseases, sometimes just to study them, and sometimes as bioweapon development.

One well-known infectious disease god on playing with intensified viruses:

Fauci backed virus experiments ‘despite pandemic risk’
[Fauci:] “In an unlikely but conceivable turn of events, what if that scientist becomes infected with the virus, which leads to an outbreak and ultimately triggers a pandemic?” he wrote. “Many ask reasonable questions: given the possibility of such a scenario – however remote – should the initial experiments have been performed and/or published in the first place, and what were the processes involved in this decision?

“Scientists working in this field might say – as indeed I have said – that the benefits of such experiments and the resulting knowledge outweigh the risks.

Did this virus come from a lab? Maybe not — but it exposes the threat of a biowarfare arms race
Dangerous pathogens are captured in the wild and made deadlier in government biowarfare labs. Did that happen here?

The establishment media's flip flopping in its messaging on the origin of the virus is what the journalists attacked by the Moon of Alabama article are actually about. Central is the propaganda game, which continues the Trump/Pompeo monsterization of China for regime advantage.

The US empire's foreign policy goals and its propaganda changes little with successive governments, Republican or Democrat. Biden's calling for an investigation into the Wuhan lab is little more than a propaganda ploy a la Trump. One could never conceive of any US president ever calling for any investigation into  Israel's bioweapons program despite it being one of only countries on the planet not to sign the: Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction.

What does change is the US is the establishment media's increasingly bizarre contortions which flip-flops on what is conspiracy theory versus legitimate reporting.

This is the real topic of those media critics that the Moon of Alabama article maligns as "conspiracy theorists". That writer's only mention of the authors'  central topic is  to dismiss it in scare quotes:

....Then, under a similar mantle of 'media critique', Matt Taibbi furthered the 'lab escape' theory

   " When the Wall Street Journal came out with a story that a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report detailed how three Wuhan researchers became sick enough to be hospitalized in November of 2019, the toothpaste was fully out of the tube: there was no longer any way to say the “lab origin” hypothesis was too silly to be reported upon.

    That’s not to say the “lab origin” theory is correct, at all. However, that’s irrelevant to issue at hand....""

Party alignment of the major media focuses on, distorts and fabricates, "news" in a predictable way. Carving out a profitable demographic was spearheded by Murdoch's Fox News three decades ago which decided to milk to the Republican mindset by feeding them whatever reinforced their approval and outrage. Balance be damned, it brought them back begging for more.

The Democrat aligned established media saw the effectiveness of that vile profit model and jumped into it with both feet with the advent of Trump.

The result is that when Biden basically continues the imperial messaging of Trump on the "Wuhan virus", which was once framed as indications of Trumps perfidy, the factional media contorts and stuffs down the memory hole its previous messaging.


Good points.


Eisenhower rejected military chiefs' demand for nuclear war on China

"Newly released classified account of '58 Taiwan Strait crisis shows the exiled Kuomintang plotting with US military leadership to drag the US into a potentially nuclear regime-change war against Communist China. Sounds eerily familiar today."


Resource page on the Xinjiang-Uyghur propaganda scam

"In recent years Washington has run a fake 'Uyghur Genocide' campaign, based on hopeless sources, to help demonise China. This is simply part of the 'US in decline' rivalry."


This article hits a lot of the right points for me.

Lenin wrote his treatise of imperialism at the height of the inter-imperialist WWI. The lesson for today was the treachery of the social-democratic parties at the time. In the run-up to the war, the Second International of Communist, Socialist and Social-Democratic parties suffered a devastating split. The Communists held the position that the nature of the up-coming war was one to divide up the world among imperialist powers of mainly European countries and that it is not in the interest of the working people in these countries to side with their ruling class to act as cannon fodder to wage the war. The social-democratic parties lined up one after another to side with the ruling class of their respective countries all in the interest of defense of the father/mother-land. 

Today, we are seeing similar lines of demarcation as the social-democratic parties like the NDP, Greens and in Quebec, Québec Solidaire, stand behind the Canadian/Quebec ruling class in the Cold War against China.  

The task of anti-imperialists living in the belly of the Empire is to oppose imperialism of their ruling class. Anti-imperialists cannot determine what will happen in China, Cuba or Vietnam, nor do they have the right. The people in these countries know what is best for themselves and they are determining that their governments are doing a good job. While the socialist countries are busy building socialism for the benefit of their people, they are constantly faced with imperialist aggression in the form of sanctions, military blockades, encirclement, psychological campaigns by western politicians and media to demonize their governments. Short of a hot war, this is today’s focus of imperialist aggression on China. The pack of liberal leftists eagerly follow to show off their more left than thou attitude and to cover their little knowledge of Marxism by criticizing tried and true revolutionaries with over 100 years of experience in socialist and national liberation struggles.



Pepe Escobar: G7 - Desperately Seeking Relevancy

"...China, the rising economic superpower hails from the Global South and is a leader in the G20. For all their internal troubles, EU players in the G7 - Germany, France, and Italy - cannot afford to antagonize Beijing in economic, trade and investment terms. A G-7 rebooted as a Sinophobic crusade will have no takers..."

Except for that stupidest of vassals and US shoe-shine boys, Canada.


Eric Li: US borrows from China to buy Chinese goods (and vid)

"On this episode of Going Underground, we speak to Chinese venture capitalist and political scientist, Eric Li. 'I'm a capitalist but I have no political power...'


China is not a threat!

"400 US military bases surround China. 130,000 US troops are stationed in the Indo-Pacific. US warships regularly enter the South China Sea. China has no corresponding chain of military bases and does not send warships to roam around California's coast. China is not a threat."


Today, we are seeing similar lines of demarcation as the social-democratic parties like the NDP, Greens and in Quebec, Québec Solidaire, stand behind the Canadian/Quebec ruling class in the Cold War against China.  

It is a complete waste of time to object without power.  China is a massive economic threat to US and Western world domination. 

As a Canadian, I have but one very long shot of having any impact at all. Lascaris is the only Canadian politician I know of who is anti-imperialist. He is very unlikely to become leader of the Greens and even less likely to become PM of Canada. 

Being informed seems pointless.