The infamous US State and Security adviser Henry Kissinger, who seems never to leave the scene of American geopolitical conflict, recently wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal in which he outright states that COVID-19 is permanently altering the ‘world order’.
The surreal atmosphere of the Covid-19 pandemic calls to mind how I felt as a young man in the 84th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge. Now, as in late 1944, there is a sense of inchoate danger, aimed not at any particular person, but striking randomly and with devastation. But there is an important difference between that faraway time and ours. American endurance then was fortified by an ultimate national purpose. Now, in a divided country, efficient and farsighted government is necessary to overcome obstacles unprecedented in magnitude and global scope. Sustaining the public trust is crucial to social solidarity, to the relation of societies with each other, and to international peace and stability.
Nations cohere and flourish on the belief that their institutions can foresee calamity, arrest its impact and restore stability. When the Covid-19 pandemic is over, many countries’ institutions will be perceived as having failed. Whether this judgment is objectively fair is irrelevant. The reality is the world will never be the same after the coronavirus. To argue now about the past only makes it harder to do what has to be done.
The world’s democracies need to defend and sustain their Enlightenment values. A global retreat from balancing power with legitimacy will cause the social contract to disintegrate both domestically and internationally. Yet this millennial issue of legitimacy and power cannot be settled simultaneously with the effort to overcome the Covid-19 plague. Restraint is necessary on all sides—in both domestic politics and international diplomacy. Priorities must be established.
We went on from the Battle of the Bulge into a world of growing prosperity and enhanced human dignity. Now, we live an epochal period. The historic challenge for leaders is to manage the crisis while building the future. Failure could set the world on fire. (source)
Shoebat.com and many other site have noted that while there is genuine concern about this being a real pandemic, there are a lot of questions, especially as to its origins. The simply answer of ‘blame China’ fails to discuss the noted Canadian, American, and Israeli ties to the virus by way of the CDC, Harvard University, and major university professors, as well as the struggle for the continued dominance of a terminally declining US fiat petrodollar, the current waves of nationalism going through all major countries, the (funded) migrations of people (from Western governments) to Europe from the Middle East and Africa, and the US struggle to isolate China in preparation for another major global conflict.
I do not attempt to propose any theories about what happened. Rather, the fundamentals are that (a) a virus is here, (b)the spread originated under a series of highly questionable circumstances in China, and (c) all governments around the world are using the threat of the virus to advance their own power regardless of the real need for true emergency measures.
Kissinger is not a good person. He has been behind many of the worst aspects of American geopolitical scheming for the last half-century and beyond. It cannot be definitively proven, but given his continued influence and presence to this day, while silent, it would be hard to believe that he did not have at least a partial involvement in the creation of the current political conditions at the present moment.
Perhaps one should look at Kissinger’s words not as a statement of surprise and inquiry, but rather a declaration to the public about something which he may have already been aware of and desired that such would naturally come to pass.
But this is just a theory. One can only guess what Kissinger is actually thinking. However, his statement that the virus is altering the world order is absolutely true.
This crisis is not “going away.” Just as there was life before 9/11 and after 9/11, there will be life before “the virus” an after it.
Remember these times, because we are entering into a new period in history, and not a better one.