I believe this issue should be settled in the context of the immortal words of Chinese dissident Paladin Cheng, who said, “Don’t trust China. China is asshole.”
There is no longer any serious dispute over where the pandemic came from, or why it spread so far and did so much damage before the world was able to respond in a timely fashion. Either the virus arose from the unsanitary, disease breeding Wuhan wet markets, or escaped from a Wuhan lab. Then China, we also now know, covered up the rampaging contagion, allowing it to travel via plane and other means to all corners of the globe.
Conclusion: China is accountable. China is liable. China is asshole.
Of course, we knew the latter even before the pandemic, but China is also profitable, which is why everyone from the NBA to Hollywood to Disney to Hunter Biden still want to avoid making certain that the public knows just how bad—evil, even—the Chinese government and culture is. I presume that after multiple mutations and other distractions, in five years or less most of the public won’t know or remember where the virus that we allowed to wreck the economy, society and culture came from. Where is “Covid,” anyway?
It’s a good bet that if Donald Trump hadn’t been calling the thing “the Wuhan virus” or “China virus” (both terms the mainstream media used until they pretended they hadn’t), one of those terms would have stuck. But the resistance/Democratic Party/ mainstream media game plan to get Trump run out of office ASAP included fueling the Big Lie that he’s a racist. Now, how it’s racist to call a virus that came from China a Chinese virus escapes me now and did then, except that the formula was (and is), if Trump used the term, it must be racist.
The other reason for calling the completely accurate label that also fairly attached accountability where it belongs was that some idiots in the U.S. were attacking anyone, including Americans who looked Asian on the demented theory that they were responsible for what the totalitarians in China had done because they had ancestors or relatives who hailed from the general vivacity. That makes a lot of sense. During World War I, some people of equal IQ scores killed dachshunds too. However, the theory that we should avoid informing the public in order to avoid spectacularly stupid reactions to some undisputed facts is as dumb as the people whose imbecility spawned it. The Left likes the Heckler’s Veto; I suppose this is the Bigot’s Veto. Any excuse to censor facts unhelpful to the progressive agenda, I suppose.
I was thinking about this as we learned that the latest Wuhan virus mutation would be called the Omicron variant, skipping the letter in the Greek alphabet that should have received the honor, Xi. It’s been fun watching the news media and pundits try to deny that this decision was made to avoid naming the infection after the Chinese ruler. “Xi is hard to say,” one pundit actually wrote, whose fans also want to inflict the pronouns xe, xis, xyr, xyrself and xirself on us. How does someone look themselves in the mirror after writing something that dishonest? In D.C., where they streets are alphabetical except for skipping “J,” at least nobody pretended that the reason was anything other than to avoid having a street evoke the unpopular John Jay, whose treaty with Great Britain in 1794 was roundly despised.
We should take every opportunity to ensure that this international disaster is laid at China’s metaphorical feat, and forever. That means, if nothing else, having the name of the virus reflect what happened, and naming a variant after the leader who keeps China the international asshole it is a nice touch too.
Better still would be a UN resolution pinning the blame where it belongs, and bill for damages.