The left (or at least some people on the left) are currently engaged in some existential soul searching. With the “breaking” news that, yes, it is possible that the Kung Flu virus escaped from a lab, some on the left are starting to realize that the heretofore unwavering faith they have had in the
prophets of their religion media may have beenslightly misplaced.
I am no expert on epidemics. Like everyone else I know, I spent the pandemic doing as I was told. A few months ago I even tried to talk a Fox News viewer out of believing in the lab-leak theory of Covid’s origins. The reason I did that is because the newspapers I read and the TV shows I watched had assured me on many occasions that the lab-leak theory wasn’t true, that it was a racist conspiracy theory, that only deluded Trumpists believed it, that it got infinite pants-on-fire ratings from the fact-checkers, and because (despite all my cynicism) I am the sort who has always trusted the mainstream news media.
In this particular example, however, there was one paragraph that flat made me laugh out loud:
My own complacency on the matter was dynamited by the lab-leak essay that ran in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists earlier this month; a few weeks later everyone from Doctor Fauci to President Biden is acknowledging that the lab-accident hypothesis might have some merit. We don’t know the real answer yet, and we probably will never know, but this is the moment to anticipate what such a finding might ultimately mean. What if this crazy story turns out to be true?
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For those following along at home, let’s review:
-We have a virus that is “novel”…i.e. never before seen in the wild, that derives from a family of viruses that are endemic to bats.
-This virus appears in the center of one of the largest cities in China…hundreds of miles from the caves that harbor bats carrying the virus.
-The city in which this virus appears just happens to be the home of a virology lab.
-The virology lab in question just coincidentally happens to specialize in the study of bat viruses.
-We knew early on that a review of the lab’s procedures several years ago warned that the lab was not up to standards.
-We also knew early on that several of the scientists who tried to speak out about this virus were silenced by the Chinese government.
-We further knew early on that there were reports of scientists from this virology lab who reportedly contracted a mysterious flu-like respiratory illness several weeks before the outbreak was reported to have begun.
But the slightest HINT that this virus might have originated in that nearby virology lab that just by happenstance is dedicated to researching this exact type of virus is just “crazy”.
Only to true believers.
You have to be some kind of gullible to buy the story that the Chinese were selling…that the virus originated in the local market where fresh fruits, raw meats and seafood and some live animals are sold for consumption…even though the market didn’t sell bats. So, it must have “jumped” from bats to some intermediate animals – maybe pangolins, or even cats – and then made the jump to humans. And that secondary (or tertiary, or quaternary, or whatever it would be) jump, just happened to, purely by coincidence, in a country covering 3.6 Million Square Miles with 102 cities of over a million residents, occur in the market a few hundred feet from the virology lab studying this EXACT type of virus.
As Joe Biden might say “C’mon Man!”
If leftists bought into that story, it’s no wonder they’re gullible enough to buy into socialism, communism, progressivism and all those other leftist philosophies who’s primary common denominator is that they’ve all failed spectacularly and resulted in untold death and human misery every time they’ve been tried.
The contention that the slightest possibility the virus may have escaped from the lab down the street should be written off as “crazy” is so breathtakingly ridiculous that only a “true believer” religious zealot could buy it.
At least for some of them, their faith has been shaken.
And it’s freaking hilarious.