|In Q1 2020,
Covid19 was the enemy. In Q2, the enemy will be China
By John Ward
war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be
continuous. Hierarchical society is only
possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance.
... The war is waged by the ruling group against
its own subjects and its object is not the
victory over either Eurasia or East Asia, but to
keep the very structure of society intact.”
- George Orwell
April 27, 2020
- There has never, in recorded history, been an event
with more agendas, unknowns and purposes than COVID19.
They seem to go
on forever: distraction from Wall Street, an excuse to
clamp down on dissidents, a reset for central banking,
more delightful chaos for the EU to use, derailing
Brexit, an opportunity to make totalitarian surveillance
acceptable, a treasure trove for billionaire nerds, a
chance for the neocons to start singing for The New
Normal, a wet dream for Big Pharma, and an infinite
annual excuse to suspend liberal democracy.
The least known
of all the factors, however, remain geopolitical: not
just the whodunnit element (which remains – quite
deliberately in my view – a wave-particle hiding in a
fog of neutrinos) but even if anyone did do it,
what the motive might have been. Opportunism,
ironically, acts as a further distraction from the
original Point Zero.
Only now that
we have (at long last) an increase in the awareness that
C19 is not the ultimate scourge of Mankind, is the
geopolitical element beginning to rear its less than
than attractive head. As ever, it is the social and
“news” media that are the willing carriers of The Party
These days, it
is instructive to read the London Times, for
only there will you find the quintessential clarity of
Establishment Agitprop playing sweet and loud, day in
and day out.
Yesterday’s effort there
from Edward Lucas
was predictable in both content and authorship. 58
year-old Lucas describes himself as “a security
specialist”, the sort of code for Spook-Groupie that
wasn’t exactly typed out on an Enigma machine. Over the
years, linguists tell me, the malodorous Murdoch has
reduced the reading age of the Times to fourteen. Lucas
adopts this level of persuasion with clinical accuracy.
He is in the
vanguard of the next stage of Covidaphobia: the
demonisation of China. I was bitterly disappointed to
see Dominic Raab joining the genre three days ago, when
he entered the dick-size contest by saying there would
have to be “a fundamental rethink on the way in which we
do business with China in future”. In some ways, I agree
with him: I harboured grave doubts from Day 1 about
allowing Chinese designers into the construction of
Britain’s new-generation nuclear power arrangements
(they don’t want us to use Thorium, which is insane) and
I have long been a fierce critic of appallingly made
Chinese exports from solar garden lights to circuit
boards. Further, I have some doubts – as yet, I admit,
ill formed – about 5G in general…but massive
reservations about it being introduced into Britain
under the Huawei banner.
have to be grown-up about this: the demonisation of
China has begun, and it is all to do with the
geopolitics of hegemony.
Ever since the
laughably entitled Special Relationship came
into being, the United Kingdom has been a slavish
creature of US foreign policy. We have not had a Prime
Minister stand up to Washington since Margaret Thatcher,
and even she never had the slightest intention of falling
out with the general drive of the Oil > Pentagon >
State Department axis which – along with the CIA and the
FBI – had been running the US since the late 1950s.
his illness, Boris Johnson told Trump bluntly that we
would go ahead with the Huawei deal….a stand that
immediately unleashed every which way kind of threat
from The Donald himself, and the cringeworthy Unelected
State that grudgingly tolerates the President. Now we
have Raab saying the Huawei deal should be the subject
of, at the very least, second and third thoughts.
here a potential wedge between BoJo and his deputy.
Guess who’s been giving Raab unqualified support in
Cabinet on an early exit from lockdown and other
matters? Why, none other than our old chum and Head
Spook, Sir Mark Sedwill. Sedwill is an incorrigible
blocist and unalloyed fan of all things NATO-American.
He is a divisive piece of illiberal anti-matter. It’s
what he does: it’s his metier.
Edward Lucas is
a known and recognised cypher for the British secret
service. I feel the need to deconstruct in detail the
drivel in his latest Times article. There follow some
extracts from it in italic red, with my
counter-arguments in black bold:
in Beijing does not just seek to control its own vast
country, it wants to control the way other countries
behave, too. Nowhere is off limits….The locations differ
but the tactics are always the same. China wields its
economic clout to reward submissive governments and
punish unhelpful ones. It offers generous inducements to
friendly China-watchers and freezes out those who ask
Replace the word
‘China’ with ‘America’ there, and you’d be hard-pushed
to tell the difference. Libya, Iraq,
Iran…military-dominated diplomacy, and the bullying
power of the Petrodollar are all well-documented case
histories. The deaths of Iraq whistle-blowers and the
hounding of Assanges who sought only the investigation
of censored attempts to speak truth unto power…all of it
reveals a narrative equally expansionist and
America is bruised by decades of Chinese state-sponsored
intellectual property theft, the protectionist
restrictions it faces in China’s domestic market‚ and
competition from China’s business champions….’
hypocrisy of that accusation is both routine and
surreal. The cold, dead hands of the US globalist
accountants moved US jobs offshore for profit and
allowed the average blue-collar American to “feel” rich
by consuming cheap Chinese products. Now the 3% want to
blame Beijing for exploiting the greed of American Big
Business. This is breathtaking stuff.
pandemic has exposed how much Beijing’s thuggish foreign
policy has in common with its repressive approach at
home. Not only are there signs of a cover-up about the
origins of the virus, China has sprayed disinformation
abroad, dodging blame, claiming credit and spreading
confusion. The foreign ministry spokesman went so far as
to claim that it was a US military delegation that
brought Covid-19 to Wuhan….’
policy’ is, for me, a perfect description of the US
Unelected State’s approach to spraying failed-State
anarchy across the middle East over the last 25 years.
But setting that aside, the pathetic references to
‘sprayed disinformation and dodging blame’ are a good
summation of CIA and FBI mendacity over the same period.
The top example of ‘Janet & John’ persuasion in the
above extract is, however, ‘went so far as to claim’.
The truth of the Military Games prelude remains elusive,
but several key timelines in the September-October 2019
period are at best suspicious, and at worst fully
supportive of American culpability. My mind – unlike
that of Edward Lucas – remains open.
are so many unresolved issues: the [Chinese] health
sector is underfunded, the education sector is corrupt,
pension funds are plundered by corruption….[but]….The
West is waking up to the true cost of China-centred
globalisation…Now we have to try again to rebuild a
multilateral economic, political and security
international order with enough consent and clout to
contain China’s meddling.’
Where to start on
this one? Western health sectors are underfunded, as
indeed have Western pension funds been plundered by
stealth taxes, QE and Zirp. It’s not the West that’s
waking up to ‘the true cost of China-centred
globalisation’, it’s the monetarist pillocks who are
looking for a sacrificial lamb to appease the masses
penuried by US-centred globalism.
As for the
afterthought appeal to multilateral action
against ‘Chinese meddling’, with respect I would add
that an antidote to American nuclear & Petrodollar
meddling is way overdue.
appear at The Slog and on social media desperate to
position me as an apologist for Chinese totalitarianism
on the basis of this post.
There is no
apology for The Brutal State typified by China. But
equally, there is no excuse for accepting the fairy-tale
presentation of the American Unelected State and its
corporacratic allies as Snow White and seven benign
diplomacy in general is a tool of American business. It
seeks to damage Russia, arm the EU, crush Chinese
competition and hand planetary hegemony to a nation that
presents itself as a UN police force….such being the
thin disguise for a military Gestapo out to put America
oil price puts Russia firmly on the road to bankruptcy.
The EU’s especially harsh Covid19 economic shutdown
will do far more damage to China than America. If you
were trying to engage in germ warfare with the West,
then being completely taken by surprise (and trying to
cover up) a Coronavirus outbreak in you own country
would be an eccentric way to kick it off.
was a Trump campaign slogan three years ago. Yet the
extraordinary thing is that, in today’s fifty shades of
grey world, Donald Trump is still the best ally
thoughtful and decent human beings have against the
equally lunatic desires and assumptions of American
neocons and Chinese generals.
We have a
materialist ideology in the US, a Communo-fascist
ideology in China, a Corporacratic ideology in the EU, a
world dominatory religious ideology within Islam, and a
confused UK government beset by those infected with
politically correct ideology.
my sole observation upon the coming Sinophobia: let
he who is without guilt cast the first stone.
Postscript: yet more
Sinophobia bollocks from The Sunday Times today
Ward, is a 72 year old Brit living as a ‘permanent’
resident in France. He studied History & Politics at
Liverpool University, and social anthropology during a
career in marketing communications research spanning
thirty years. This extended education taught him that
the vast majority of economists, politicians, civil
servants, lawyers, accountants and business leaders
prefer belief systems, process, numbers and money to the
study of What People Need. John blogs at
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