The knock-out punch that the Chinese coronavirus pandemic gave every continent on Earth save Antarctica illustrates why individual countries should jealously retain their sovereignty and protect their borders.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres was asked last September about his goals for the organization for the next year. He said, "We need more investment, more political action, more priority for a fair globalization."
Although he was talking about climate change, his choice of the term "globalization" should have sent everyone running in the opposite direction.
Events since then suggest that if anything, it may be time to dissolve the U.N or, at a minimum, renounce our membership in the body and ask them to leave New York City.
The goal of the World Health Organization (WHO), an agency of the U.N., is "To improve equity in health, reduce health risks, promote healthy lifestyles and settings, and respond to the underlying determinants of health."
Instead of adhering to those lofty principles, the WHO has served as the mouthpiece for the People's Republic of China, and has placed the world's health at risk in the process.
Early in January the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offered to send a crack team of U.S. experts to investigate the outbreak in Wuhan, China, and help however it could to curb the epidemic. Several weeks later the WHO did the same.
Both offers were rejected. But instead of raising alarm bells, the WHO took China's rejection in stride and accepted the communist regime's own "findings."
The WHO tweeted January 14 that "Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-mCOV) identified in #Wuhan, #China."
In truth, the virus was extremely contagious from person to person.
Nevertheless, on January 29, one day before the WHO declared a global health emergency, the White House set up the Coronavirus Task Force, to "coordinate and oversee the Administration's efforts to monitor, prevent, contain, and mitigate the spread."
With Vice President Mike Pence at the helm, its members include some of the brightest scientific minds in the United States, including:
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading immunologist
- Dr. Deborah Birx, who previously directed the CDC Division of Global HIV/AIDS
- Vice Admiral and Dr. Jerome Adams, the U.S. Surgeon General
On January 31, two days after establishing the task force and upon the task force's recommendation, the president issued a travel ban that restricted travel by any foreign national into the United States who had traveled to China within the previous 14 days.
The administration took this action two days before the first coronavirus death was recorded outside of China, 29 days before the United States reported its first death from the disease, and 49 days before the WHO declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic.
It was almost as though the WHO was taking its cues from the Trump administration rather than the other way around.
This week Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., suggested now might be the time to cut off U.S. funding to the organization for "helping Communist China cover up" the devastating impact the pandemic.
"The mission of the WHO is to get public health information to the world so every country can make the best decisions to keep their citizens safe. When it comes to coronavirus, the WHO failed," Scott said, and accused the global health organization of willfully spreading misinformation.
"We know Communist China is lying about how many cases and deaths they have, what they knew and when they knew it — and the WHO never bothered to investigate further." Scott added. "Their inaction cost lives."
He said the WHO "willfully parroted propaganda" from the Chinese Communist Party, and called for hearings and a full investigation into the matter.
Also this week, the United Nations, the WHO's parent organization, reminded everyone that we shouldn't allow the pandemic to cause us to lose focus on the real problem facing the world — climate change. Seriously?
"While #COVID19 is 'the most urgent threat facing humanity today … we cannot forget that #ClimateChange is the biggest threat facing humanity over the long term', @UN Climate Change @UNFCCC chief @PEspinosaC said on Wednesday," the U.N. tweeted.
Critics predicted doom and gloom when President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. Instead the International Energy Agency, a Paris-based intergovernmental organization, reported that "The United States saw the largest decline in energy-related CO2 emissions in 2019 on a country basis."
It's time to do the same with the U.N. — withdraw from it — or, at a minimum, adopt Sen. Scott's suggestion and turn off the U.S. money spigot to the WHO.
We always seem to do a lot better when we follow the "America first" rule — and the rest of the world ends up doing better also.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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