From Agence France-Presse:
Congratulations to all the western democracies who got utterly played by the communists into destroying their economies and critical public institutions. Remember back in February, when reports were being circulated about how the Chinese Communist Party was welding people into their apartments to stop the spread of the Armageddon virus? Propaganda much?
I have always wondered why, given all the stories about people in China dying on the sidewalks from this “new” virus, the CIA and other intelligence agencies were not losing their shit on world leaders back in November. It was those stories swirling around the internet that persuaded many westerners not to doubt the dire projections coming from loser academics, even months after nothing resembling those projections materialized and governments started visibly exaggerating statistics.
Parsimonious answer: None of this was actually happening then. It was just a troll army on the interwebs that morphed into mainstream reporting, as we have seen before in a thousand other contexts (hate crime hoaxes, etc.).
The tell in most of this was that China did not lock down its entire economy, and Wuhan was “bouncing back” almost immediately in economic data. Like, boom, manufacturing is back up and running. All while leftist policymakers in the western world are trying to out-do each other for who can cause the most economic damage.
This whole thing is sickening, figuratively at least.