Today is April 5, 2020, it has now been 76 days since the first COVID-19 patient was diagnosed here in the United States. As has been the case for about a week yesterday brought another new high for daily confirmed cases and for daily deaths. New York state and in particular New York City is still the epicenter for this virus but there are several other states that have seen dramatic increases in the number of confirmed cases over the last few days. Almost immediately after COVID-19 started spreading around the world conspiracy theories started popping up all over the world. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian sent out a series of Tweets in which he claimed it was the US military that brought coronavirus to Wuhan when they participated in the Military Olympic Games last October. Another rumor in China was that the Chinese government purposely released it in order to cull older Chinese residents, thereby bringing down pension costs.
I suppose I am just feeding the conspiracy mill but what the hell, I am just going to put this out there as a “What if?”.
Is it possible that China has unleashed a multistage attack to take down the United States, the world’s #1 economy and only superpower?
First off, before I start, I want to say that I have nothing against the Chinese people, I am sure they are no different then any of us. They probably want many of the same things we all want out of life and are most likely honest hard-working people. What I talk about here is not focused on the people of China but on the Chinese government and military.
I know it sounds crazy as hell but what if China did want to bring down the United States in order to assume the rank as the #1 economy in the world and to take its place as the only superpower. I believe they know it can’t be done through military conflict, which would ultimately lead to the mutually assured destruction of both countries. So, what if instead China decides to execute Military operations other than war (MOOTW)?
This concept is discussed in a book titled Unrestricted Warfare, it is a book on military strategy written in 1999 by two colonels in the People's Liberation Army, Qiao Liang, and Wang Xiangsui. Its primary concern is how a nation such as China can defeat a technologically superior opponent (such as the United States) through a variety of means. Reducing one's opponent, the book notes, “can be accomplished in several ways other than direct military confrontation”. The book notes that these alternative methods "have the same and even greater destructive force than military warfare”. In the book these alternative methods include.
Lawfare: Or political action through transnational or non-governmental organizations can affect a policy change that would be impossible otherwise.
Economic warfare: Owing to the interconnected nature of global economics, nations can inflict grievous harm on the economies of other nations without taking any offensive action.
Network warfare: Networks are increasingly important in not only data exchange but also transportation, financial institutions, and communication. Attacks that disable networks can easily hamstring large areas of life that are dependent on them for coordination.
Terrorism: Terrorism erodes a nation's sense of security and well-being, even if the direct effects of the attacks only concern a minute percentage of the population.
Here is another quote from the book. “War which has undergone the changes of modern technology and the market system will be launched even more in atypical forms. In other words, while we are seeing a relative reduction in military violence, at the same time we definitely are seeing an increase in political, economic, and technological violence. However, regardless of the form the violence takes, war is war, and a change in the external appearance does not keep any war from abiding by the principles of war”.
So, I mentioned a multistage attack. What would these attacks look like?
#1 - Flood our country with highly addictive and deadly drugs. This is happening today, China has been waging a chemical narcotic war against Americans for several years, flooding our neighborhoods with poison. In just the last three years, fentanyl and similar synthetic opioids manufactured in Chinese labs have killed some 79,000 Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Chinese-made narcotics started showing up on our streets in 2013. Ben Westhoff is an investigative journalist and author of “Fentanyl Inc.: How Rogue Chemists are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic,”. He wanted to see firsthand how these drugs are being made, so he went to China undercover posing as a drug dealer.
The following are a series of quotes from Ben Westhoff.
“I went really deep and tried to learn everything I could about this problem, and that brought me to China,” he said. “I actually went undercover into a pair of Chinese drug operations, including, I went into a fentanyl lab outside Shanghai, pretending to be a drug dealer.”
“China is not only doing a poor job stopping fentanyl from getting exported to the US, they are even encouraging it in a lot of ways, through the tax code and all these complicated ways that add up to a really troubling situation”.
“What I learned was that these companies making fentanyl and other dangerous drugs are subsidized by the government. And so, when they work in these suburban office parks, for example, the building, the costs for research and development, they have these development zones, they get export tax breaks.”
“We do think of the Mexican cartels as supplying almost all the drugs that Americans have. And that's true of heroin, meth, cocaine, and even marijuana to a large extent. But these new drugs, particularly fentanyl, they're made in the lab and they're all made in China. And so, what China does is these are in some cases legitimate chemists and companies who make these drugs, and sometimes they're even made legally by Chinese law. And then they are shipped to the Mexican cartels, who distribute them in the US”. Fentanyl and other drugs made in China actually make there way into the U.S. not only through our southern border but also our northern border and by being shipped directly into the United States.
Ben Westhoff also visited another company while in China that is based in Wuhan. Where have I heard that name before? He detailed in his book how this company came to be and how they came to sell more fentanyl ingredients than any company in the world. Mr. Westhoff said “I ended up in China going to their sales floor, with hundreds of salespeople, young people just out of college, behind laptops, using social media to sell this stuff. And I ran the numbers on this company and they're making a ton of money.
#2 - Cyberwarfare The United States has accused China of cyberwarfare attacks that targeted the networks of important American military, commercial, research, and industrial organizations. A Congressional advisory group has declared China "the single greatest risk to the security of American technologies" and "there has been a marked increase in cyber intrusions originating in China and targeting U.S. government and defense-related computer systems" In February 2020, a US federal grand jury charged four members of China’s People's Liberation Army with the 2017 Equifax hack. The official account of FBI stated on Twitter that they played a role in "one of the largest thefts of personally identifiable information by state-sponsored hackers ever recorded", involving "145 million Americans".
In 2012, former FBI director Robert Mueller commented that there are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be. Since then, more than 80% of economic espionage cases against the United States have been linked to China. For example, hackers linked to the Chinese Ministry of State Security, hacked the Marriott Group over a period of four years, in the process stealing the personal data of some 500 million of their customers.
To be fair China is not the only country that engages in cyberwarfare, the United States created the US Cyber Command in 2009.
#3 - Economic warfare Okay, the first two examples are not conspiracy theories and I would say not disputable, but my next example does fall into that category. Let me say first that in my opinion there are also other ways that China tries to damage our economy, but today I will concentrate on my conspiracy theory.
Okay so here goes. Is it possible China has weaponized COVID-19 to overwhelm our healthcare system and bring down our economy? In other words, are they using COVID-19 as a bioweapon? Some would argue, well if that is the case why wouldn’t they use a bioweapon that is much more deadly than COVID-19? Well one reason could be explained by a quote from the book Unrestricted Warfare that I mentioned above. “On the battlefield, someone who is injured requires more care than someone who is killed”. The objective would not be to kill millions but to possibly infect millions causing a panic which would overwhelm our healthcare system and shut down our economy.
Another reason they would not want to use a bioweapon that is much more deadly is because it would have to be released first in China to avoid possible suspicion of this being a deliberate act. If it was a deliberate act, they could take steps beforehand to contain the spread as much as possible to minimize the damage to their own economy. Then just let nature take its course spreading the virus to other parts of the world including the United States.
Obviously, they know that a prolonged shutdown of our economy would do very serious damage and quite possibly could lead to an even larger financial crisis. We are already seeing this playout in real time as one state after another shuts down all non-essential businesses. It is still too early to know how bad this will get or how much damage this will ultimately do to our economy but even just over the last 2 weeks the new unemployment claims have skyrocketed.
For the week ending March 21st the number of Americans newly applying for unemployment benefits increased to 3,283,000 which crushed the record set in 1982 at 695,000. And if that was not bad enough the total for the week ending March 28th was 6,648,000, twice the total from a week before and another new record. On April 9th we will find out the new unemployment claims for the week ending on April 4th and it is entirely possible we could see another record for the third straight week.
As I am sure most people are aware of the president signing the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill on March 27th to try and mitigate the damage that this shutdown is going to cause. Unfortunately, it is also going to balloon our already out of control debt. On top of the $2 trillion the FED has said it is willing to spend another $4 trillion to try and shore up the financial markets. That alone will push our national debt up close to $30 trillion. There is now talk of possibly another coronavirus stimulus bill being introduced toward the end of April. Forget about how much damage this shutdown will do, I now also question how much damage carrying this debt load will do to this country.
I know that this may seem crazy to even think that this is possible, and some will say a government would never intentionally kill thousands of its own citizens but to that I would say simply go back and study history. I am confident you will find plenty of examples where they have done just that. I will also say that even that being the case I am also aware that this theory may just be totally crazy.
I appreciate you taking the time to read this, and I hope you all stay healthy and safe.
Donald Hancock www.bigskycrypto.com