Wuhan is indeed, according to nearly all experts, the source of the Coronavirus. How the virus began and spread will probably be a controversy for many years to come. Wuhan is a very large region of China, and like nearly every place in China, run by a dictatorship that controls the flow of information in and out of the region. CNN’s David Culver has done a solid job reporting the emotions that one feels at the epicenter of this virus.
In general, China will always put on a positive facade of how things are going in order to shield themselves from the world. But, when CNN’s David Culver tried to get close to a cemetery, that was treated like a manor national secret. How many cemeteries in the United States are national secrets? It is rather apparent that transparency in China is not their strong point. If the numbers of dead in Wuhan were indeed a few thousand more than reported, that is one thing. But if tens of thousands passed away from the virus, and the Chinese authorities purposely hid this information from the world as they allowed international travel from China, then China is probably as evil as some of their harsh critics have posited.
But in addition to learning the lessons of history, we must also make sure to not box China into the boxes of previous dictatorships. The Nazi threat in World War II included a madman at the helm with clear racist views that dominated their ideology. The Soviet threat was based on Communism and world takeover through ruthlessness that had not been seen in the world until then. What is the nature of the Communist Chinese threat? Is it a creeping economic-based Communist takeover threat of the world? Do they intend to use their military to force countries into submission? How can the enormous wealth of the Chinese government be used as a threat to the national security of the world? More importantly, is there a way down from a rhetorical build-up that may lead towards a world confrontation between the West and China? It is time for prudence, patience, lots of deep breaths, and levelheadedness in the way that we develop a strategy to combat the threats that we face from China. But first, we need to define the threat or the threats that we face. Then we can begin to develop the proper responses needed.