There is an Internet meme going around concerning a statement attributed to Trey Gowdy. In the statement the following question is asked: Is it a mere coincidence that China unleashed the corona virus on the world just before the U.S. presidential election, especially in light of the fact that we are in a global trade war with China brought on by Trump?
The obvious rejoinder to that question is the Chinese people have suffered as much, if not more, than anyone else. How could a government intentionally unleash a virus that was sure to wreak such havoc on its own people?
In answering that question, take this into account: Xi stands in direct linear succession to Mao. Mao once said this:
We shouldn’t be afraid of atomic missiles. No matter what kind of war breaks out, conventional or nuclear, we will win… If the imperialists unleash war on us, we may lose more than 300 million people. So what? War is war. The years will pass and we will get to work making more babies than ever before.
If Mao was willing to shrug off the deaths of 300 million of his own people to pursue his goals, how much more would Xi be willing to shrug off the deaths of a few tens of thousands?
Machiavellian calculations of a scope this breathtaking are unthinkable to a people infused with the Judeo-Christian ethic that teaches that each human life has incalculable dignity, worth and value. History attests, however, that this is just not so for an atheist/materialist communist dictator.
Am I asserting as fact that China would unleash this virus on its own people? No. I am just saying that for leaders like Mao and Xi, doing so is not unthinkable.