By Bill Van Auken
March 20, 2020 "Information
Clearing House" -
In a speech delivered
Thursday announcing that the number of confirmed
coronavirus infections worldwide had risen to
200,000, the director of the World Health
Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, stated
that “the only way we can defeat this pandemic, as
we have always been saying, is through solidarity.
Solidarity, solidarity, solidarity ... We’re one
human race, and that suffices actually. This is an
invisible enemy against humanity.”
The solidarity of humanity across the planet is
not merely a noble ideal, but a life-and-death
necessity in combatting a deadly virus that
threatens to infect hundreds of millions of people
as its spreads to every corner of the globe. This
ideal, however, stands in stark opposition to the
reality of a world capitalist society riven by
unprecedented levels of social inequality and
characterized by the pursuit of geo-strategic
interests through the means of murderous violence.
Alongside the “invisible enemy against humanity”,
the coronavirus, there stands another quite visible
one, world imperialism.
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the
increasingly desperate conditions confronting Iran
and its population of nearly 83 million. The country
has the third highest number of fatalities after
Italy and China, and nowhere is the mortality rate
greater, as the number of infections continues to
rise sharply each day.