Facing nearly a million deaths caused by the pandemic UN Secretary-General needs to appreciate the courageous and historic decision of the Australian government, which exposed the darkness of the Beijing regime with the light the truth.
At the opening of the annual meeting of the world leaders at United Nations on September 22, General Secretary Antonio Guterres revealed that in his opinion, populism and nationalism contributed to the failures in the battle with the virus. He also observed, too often has also been a disconnect between leadership and power.
Mr. Guterres naturally did not have in mind the disconnect of the Chinese regime with a reality. But it was Beijing chain of cover-up and indifference that caused the mayhem after the virus escaped the city of Wuhan.
The UN Secretary-General kept silent about the Beijing blockade of the international efforts to find out the truth about the source of the Wuhan virus, which WHO called COVID-19 to disassociate China from the responsibility.
Mr. Guterres should begin from confessing of his own sin of the cowardliness and political correctness that prevented him from taking a clear stance in the moment of truth on April 19, 2020.
It was a fortieth day after the World Health Organisation announced the COVID-19 a pandemic, pointing to the over 118,000 cases of the coronavirus illness in over 110 countries and territories around the world and the sustained risk of further global spread.
With a knowledge of the outbreak of SARS-like disease in Wuhan in December and the cases of its transmission in Europe, Taiwan, and Japan in January, Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the decision in March. WHO director-general stated at a media briefing that this was not just a public health crisis, but the one that will touch every sector.
World Health Organisation did not send any investigators neither received detailed information about the nature of the virus, known as the Wuhan virus named after the city of Wuhan, in Communist China where it originated. Worse, the WHO officials in Geneva falsely claimed, as the authors of the US Congressional reports revealed, that Beijing had cooperated with the international virologists.
But on that day in April, Australia publicly questioned Communist China’s transparency and demanded an international investigation into the origins of the virus and how it spread.
This decision will be remembered as a crucial, if not inevitable, for the battle with an unknown biological agent.
Australia’s foreign minister, Marise Payne, said her concern about China’s transparency was at a very high point. “The issues around the coronavirus are issues for independent review, and I think that it is important that we do that,” Ms. Payne told ABC television.
Two months earlier, Australia banned people arriving from Communist China, closed its borders, and imposed strict curbs on public movements.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government's decisiveness and honesty should be compared to the most visionary political action in modern history.
At the beginning of 1982, US President Ronald Reagan decided to launch the secret economic, financial, and ideological strategy with a goal of the peaceful defeat of the Soviet Union. Few years after the signing of the key National Security Directives, President Reagan stated in his speech at British Parliament: "optimism comes less easily today, not because democracy is less vigorous, but because democracy's enemies have refined their instruments of repression". "Yet optimism is in order because day by day democracy is proving itself to be a not-at-all-fragile flower,” he explained. “Well, the emergency is upon us. Let us be shy no longer. Let us go to our strength. Let us offer hope. Let us tell the world that a new age is not only possible but probable”, emphasised President Reagan.
It took about seven years for the Berlin Wall to crumble and two more years for the Soviet Union to disappear. President demonstrated courage and moral clarity in the time of unwillingness to confront the evil.
Although this time, it appears as if nothing had happened and the only result of Canberra’s courageous act is Beijing retaliatory measures against the country’s economy, Australia won a long-term victory for the Western world civilisation.
Like President Reagan in UK Parliament, on April 19 the Australian government reminded the world that the Judaeo-Christian values of individual liberty, representative government, and the rule of law under God are fundamental in international relations.
The moment of truth came to Beijing as it came to the Soviet Politbureau in the middle of the 1980s. The angry reaction of the Communist regime deprived it of an undeserved reputation of the modern state based on laws and respect for the international consensus.
The whole watching world could see, with a naked eye, Communist China as it has always been — a cruel, secretive, and lies-based rogue state that violates the human rights of not only its own people but also world nations. It chose to prevent them from learning about the origin, nature, and character of the agent. Such knowledge would greatly help in the battle against the virus, limiting the mortality rate and accelerating effort to manufacture the treatment and vaccine.
As Europe and the rest of the world enters the second wave of the pandemic, it is clear that knowledge denied by Beijing by not allowing international inspectors to enter the Wuhan, and other cities where the virus appeared in December or earlier in 2019, is harming the efforts to save lives.
At the same time, the heroism of doctors, researchers, and politicians is contrasting with the cowardliness of the secretive and vindictive Chinese regime.
The doctors and medical staff working in an unknown environment with heroic commitment risking with their lives have been shielding patients from the worst consequences of the diseases caused by the Wuhan virus.
Every week the researches are informing policymakers with new reports on contagiousness, transmissibility, and lethality.
The virologists are racing to produce effective vaccines and treatment for the still unknown and changing virus.
Let it be clear, Beijing and only Beijing bears sole responsibility for nearly a million deaths and 30 millions of the sick in 181 countries.
One cannot dispute the fact, the Bamboo Curtain was shaken, and the speed of collapsing of the regime on the inclined plane has increased. Indeed, the Wuhan virus is for Beijing what Chernobyl was for Moscow in the 1980s.
It is the highest time for the UN Secretary-General to stop repeating banal on the lack of cooperation of nations but to point at the real reason for the loss of human lives in the scale of the world war. It is also time to honestly point at the acts of courage and moral clarity as to the decision of the Australia government to demand an independent inquiry to the origins of the still unknown biological agent.
Mr. Guterres neglecting to emphasise the undeniable facts has proved that he still needs his own Moment of Truth about the Wuhan virus.