#coronavirus #covid19 is there a #deepstate conspiracy, or did the Chinese do it all by themselves?

February 29, 2020

The fix is in: Stings in the time of the coronavirus?


Rajeev Srinivasan


The more I think about the COVID-19 pandemic, the more I am reminded of the great Paul Newman-Robert Redford movie The Sting (1973), in which an elaborate charade is run to gaslight and then relieve a mobster of a very large amount of money. 


Because it just doesn’t add up. There are too many loose ends, all of which suggest that an Occam’s razor-type simple explanation may not cut it. There’s something fishy.


Information Warfare?


But first let me point out something remarkable: the role of Indians in what amounts to information warfare. There is the Hyderabad-based conspiracy theory site GreatGameIndia, which filed a series of sensational exposés, starting with

Coronavirus Bioweapon – How China Stole Coronavirus From Canada And Weaponized It  


Among other things, they published stories about the Harvard University chemistry/chemical biology head who was being paid $50,000 a month by China, and a Chinese scientist and her colleagues at a level 4 high-security Canadian virus lab in Winnipeg, who was expelled for stealing samples. 


Other Chinese were also accused of similar attempts to steal samples of deadly diseases.


Furthermore, there was the sudden, and suspicious, death of well-known virologist from the Winnipeg lab, Frank Plummer, while on a trip to Kenya. 


Even if you discount all this quite a bit, there are too many things that just don’t add up.


Then there was the unrefereed, preprint paper published on 31 January on bioarxiv,

Uncanny similarity of unique inserts in the 2019-nCoV spike protein to HIV-1 gp120 and Gag by Prashant Pradhan et al, biomedical scientists from IIT Delhi, which bluntly states that the odd characteristics they found are likely to be man-made. 


They found proteins very similar to those in AIDS in the surface ‘spikes’ on the spherical virus that enable it to target host cells. This was nothing AIDS-like in earlier coronaviruses and it makes it far more infectious. 


“This uncanny similarity of novel inserts in the 2019-nCoV spike protein to HIV-1 gp120 and Gag is unlikely to be fortuitous”, says the paper. [Emphasis added]. This is ominous.


Chillingly, Chinese have been using AIDS drugs to combat the coronavirus https://greatgameindia.com/china-using-hiv-drugs-for-coronavirus-treatment/. Coincidence?


I have no idea if the IITD paper is correct (after a lot of pressure on social media, it has been withdrawn pending peer-review), but from a geopolitical perspective, it, and the GreatGameIndia exposés, raise large question marks about China.


This is also just about the first time I can remember that Indian groups have put forward compelling stories that have a material impact on the fortunes of a major rival like China. This is a good trend: let us not only be victims of information warfare, but also perpetrators.


But the core of the story is the question of how the virus came to be. There are three possible scenarios.


Was the virus was passed on to humans from an animal carrier? 


It was a natural mutation passed on to humans. A carrier animal is unaffected but it is deadly for humans. 


This was the original story and the most plausible, given the mode of transmission in other diseases, eg. the HIV virus jumped to humans from the green monkey in Africa. 


Given the taste Chinese have for wild animals, and the fact that there is a ‘wet market’ with exotic meats in Wuhan, this makes intuitive sense. 


Except that it appears that Patient Zero and most of the first infected had no link to that market. 


Besides, nothing has been proven regarding speculation that it might have been transmitted via peple eating snakes or bats. 


At this point, it appears that this simple and relatively comforting theory may not be enough.


A Chinese bioweapon? 


There is the Chinese concept of unrestricted warfare (popularized by two colonels who wrote a book with that title) wherein nothing is off the table, literally nothing. 


It is not hard to believe that they would pursue biological weapons, despite the fact that they signed a treaty abjuring them. Chinese also ignore other global treaties that they are party to (eg. the Law of the Sea).


There was a report about a blowhard Chinese general proclaiming that bioweapons are the best way to conquer other countries. Yes, buildings remains intact, only people die: the whole attraction of the neutron bomb too.


It’s entirely possible that, as the IITD paper alleged, gung-ho biomedical scientists thought they could use their new found gene-splicing skills (eg. CRISPR-Cas9) to induce HIV spikes. 


Such an enhanced biological weapon would be terrifying to a targeted country (say, India). 


No vaccine (except secretly with the Chinese) available. Panic, as lots of people die in the early stages even before the disease is identified. Unquarantined flight from epicenter, spreading it.


And then the virulence will die down relatively quickly, so that the conquest can proceed. 


It is entirely possible that they created this weapon, and then it escaped accidentally and infected the Wuhan population.


This remains the most likely scenario.


A bioweapon ‘gifted’ to China?


There is an alternative possibility that frankly is a bit of a conspiracy theory, but it cannot be discounted.


There is a famous question: cui bono? Who benefits? Who has the motive and the means to commit any crime? Sherlock Holmes might pursue this angle.


Indeed, who has benefited from the coronavirus? If you look at it dispassionately, the US has benefited. They are in the midst of a general competition with China, and some would say there is the Thucydides Trap effect in motion. 


Let’s look at what China is facing now: a trifecta with the Hong Kong uprising, the ongoing trade war, and now ‘instant decoupling’ as the rest of the world distances itself from China.


All of this is quite convenient for the US, and indeed some say they instigated the Hong Kong protests. 


The decoupling, though, has the biggest long-term impact. China’s status as the factory of the world was already in jeopardy as wages rose there, and there is pushback (eg. the Huawei case) against the legendary Chinese habit of predation.


For instance, it is alleged that Intellectual Property theft by Huawei eviscerated and bankrupted the Canadian firm Northern Telecom. 


All of a sudden, CEOs whose supply chain strategy was total dependence on China (eg. Apple’s Tim Cook) are looking like poor risk managers, as China manufacturing has ground to a halt. A second source seems imperative. 


I don’t think anybody will ever go back to a China-only supply chain strategy, even if the ‘China price’ is attractive. Besides, near-shore manufacturing (eg. Mexico for the US) looks more appealing, as the carbon footprint of long-distance shipping becomes an issue.


Thus, the decoupling that the US had threatened as a punitive measure is happening much more broadly, with the possible effect of crippling Chinese GDP growth and creating a massive loss of face and loss of trust. 


In passing, the brutality with which Chinese citizens have been treated (some had the entrances to their homes welded shut to prevent their escape; there were scenes of people being dragged from cars and assaulted) is likely to create a chink in Xi Jinping’s armor.


Thus the US had the motive to create a false-flag bioweapon and attribute it to China. 


They also had the means. There are many reports of Chinese researchers in US labs stealing research (possibly with a little prod from Chinese intelligence or appeals to patriotism). 


Imagine, then, that US military biomedical researchers created this little monster COVID-19, and then just left it around temptingly for Chinese researchers. Naturally, they would spirit it off to Wuhan (China’s only level-4 bio lab). 


The rest is history. The Chinese had no idea the US had left some little trapdoor open whereby the virus would get out of control and go on a spree of infection. (Remember, in a different context, the Stuxnet computer virus that decimated Iranian nuclear centrifuges? The virus was spread by leaving thumb drives temptingly all around the place.)


Such an act would be diabolical, but the US Deep State has been known to do similar things before. Hewlett Packard printers, it is said, were bought by the Iraqi air defense agency. They didn’t know that the printers had chips in them that would be homing devices that announced the locations of targets to US fighter jets in the air. 


Targeted assassinations are also par for the course. The American virologist who died suddenly in Kenya probably knew too much for his own good. So did Iranian nuclear engineers, as well as Indian space and submarine engineers who ended up in body bags. 


We also know how Nambi Narayanan and his cryogenic engine project were crippled and delayed by 19 years with a fake Maldivian spy case. Fortunately Nambi Narayanan wasn’t bumped off.


The resourceful Deep State and what it will do to us


The Deep State is nothing if not resourceful. I remember in the 1980s, when it looked as though nothing could stop Japan from taking over the world. I am not sure exactly how they did it, but clever Americans weaponized finance, and brought Japan to a grinding halt. 


What is truly diabolical is how somebody’s weakness is exploited to destroy them. The Chinese have this known weakness about pilfering others’ secrets, and the Deep State figured that out as their fatal flaw. This may well halt the Chinese juggernaut.


And just incidentally, Gilead Sciences has just announced they have a candidate vaccine. This is a sure-fire money-spinner, and it’s astonishing how quickly they were able to do this. No, I am not insinuating anything. 


There is a lesson in this for India. In the wake of the Trump visit and the concurrent riots, it is worth remembering that India is also on a trajectory to challenge the US, and the Deep State is not going to sit by idly. Hark back to George Kennan on what the US does: it wants 50% of the world’s resources for itself. It does not brook competition well.


We need to think hard about how they will attack India. 


One line of attack is already visible: continuous, vicious demonization of Hindus and Prime Minister Modi by pliant western media and politicans such as Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren, as well as free agents like George Soros. 


There is a manufacturing of consent for the genocide of Hindus.


Hindus are demonized in terms not seen since the ‘yellow peril’ meme for the Japanese, or the depiction of Jews by Europeans bent on pogroms.  


This is followed by induced riots and targeted violence by the device of Deep State’s friends inciting Muslim separatism and terrorism.


Remarkably, India may be able to control and absorb this threat because we are a flexible civilization that can learn, not rigid adherents to texts. 


We have an 800 year history of dealing with the Muslim threat, and yes, we have taken a beating, but India is the only civilization that was able to fend it off. Persians and Egyptians, for instance, crumbled instantly.


There is a more insidious line of attack that may be more effective. It is a character flaw among Indians to be willing to betray the country for petty personal gains. Let’s call it the ‘Jaichand syndrome’.


Pretty much any bureaucrat or diplomat or politician is liable to sell India down the river in exchange for something as trivial a scholarship to (usually) Harvard for offspring, or a cushy post-retirement sinecure in some multilateral institution.


I am sorry to say they sell themselves for peanuts, not even large sums of money. 


I predict this is the mechanism by which the Deep State will attempt to cripple India in a few years. Alas, they will probably succeed.


1970 words, 28 Feb 2020


4 Responses to “#coronavirus #covid19 is there a #deepstate conspiracy, or did the Chinese do it all by themselves?”

  1. Atanu Dey Says:

    Good analysis. You have covered a lot of ground. My guess is that the novel virus is not US- or China-made. Sometimes things are just the way they are reported to be.

    Is the US “deepstate” capable of engineering viruses? Yes. Can it be ruthless? Yes. But I think that the theory that it did so in this case is not credible. It’s just my gut feel. It will not be too long to know that really happened.

  2. rajeev2007 Says:

    atanu, the IITD paper seemed quite categorical in stating that the HIV spike insertion was not a natural thing. not being an expert in this area, i think we have to take their contention seriously.

    china is into total war, so they’d use biowarfare if they could. remember them messing with fetal DNA using CRISPR-Cas9 and producing gene-tweaked twins? that too, incidentally, had an HIV link. they’re quite capable of doing this sort of engineering.

    #deepstate is certainly capable. my hunch is that they did it.

  3. Atanu Dey Says:

    Rajeev. Can bespoke coronavirus be artificially created? Certaintly. Many countries — including China and the U.S.can do it within a shot time.

    If the US cooked up the virus hoping the Chinese will steal it (a variation of the trojan horse strategy, China would have absolute incentive to tell everyone that that US created it.

    If China made it and accidentally released it, then the US has an interest in really pulling down China by revealing their dastardly intent. It will make China a pariah., If the CIA is half way competent, we’d hear from DJT that the Chinese cooked this on up.

  4. rajeev2007 Says:

    hi atanu! yes, the US had the means to make covid19, so did china.

    if the US did it, and china got stung, the hans still can’t broadcast that fact because:
    a) it would be very difficult to prove the US made the virus, as they would have been careful to remove all their fingerprints
    b) it would be counterproductive to admit that they are thieves and have agents in all sorts of places stealing for the fatherland
    c) it would be massive loss of face to admit they were conned, and conned so badly.

    so they’re screwed. best bet is to hope the thing dies down soon.

    trump and deepstate are quiet because it’s working they way they would want it to, screwing china. my claim is that china didn’t make it and release it accidentally. the US ‘gave’ it to them, in a manner of speaking. they want to keep that as quiet as possible, and best bet is to pretend the thing is a natural mutation.

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