This is a chapter from my latest book: How
to Destroy the World, and How to Pay for it
As we now all know this latest virus first hit in Wuhan in
There are all sorts of stories about how it started. They
range from some kind of jump from one species to humans,
possibly through the Chinese habit of eating anything that
moves, in this case bats. There are other theories that
include it being a virus that was created deliberately.
As with most theories, there is, at the moment, no way of
telling which, if any, of these theories is correct. However,
we dont need to know which theory is correct, all we need to
know is whether we can draw any conclusions from what has
Whatever the original causes, we had a situation in China
where an alarming number of people died, some dropping dead in
the street. The cause of death was attributed to one of the
The World Health Organisation (WHO) got involved, and the head
of that organisation visited the area ostensively to find out
what was going on, and what could be done about it.
I wasn't a fly on the wall so I dont know what was said
between the WHO and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), but
what is clear is that basic facts were hushed up, and valuable
time and information were lost due to the secrecy of the CCP.
It is clear that the outbreak could have been contained if
proper measures had been taken. That was the time for a
lockdown. It didn't happen.
There have been all kinds of recriminations since, and major
funders of the WHO have withdrawn their support.
The delays in taking this matter seriously, and releasing
information about the virus are largely responsible for the
spread of the disease. A delay of months in this matter has
been nothing short of catastrophic, and is utterly
However, that delay is probably the main cause for the most
interesting and indeed alarming conspiracy theory of them all.
Since I have introduced this as a conspiracy theory, you can
take it that my view is based upon conjecture only, however,
that isn't the point.
Let me explain.
Let us look at what are indisputable facts.
There is a virus. It has erupted into a pandemic. It has
caused indescribable chaos across the whole world. It has
brought nations to a halt, and spread economic ruin in a wide
swathe across virtually every major nation.
If this whole affair was initiated as a trial run, then that
is an interesting conspiracy theory. However, let's leave that
aside for the moment.
It's happened. It has shown what can be done to bring down
whole civilizations. It is also so easy to achieve and is
If I were a mad scientist I could bring the world to a stop
almost without trying.
The really important question is not, when do we get a
vaccine, but how do we live with that ghastly knowledge. This
ushers in the worst nightmare of chemical warfare.
The most important issue facing us at the moment (the summer
of 2020) is not the search for a vaccine, but the search for a
way for the world's different communities to achieve a
chemical weapons standoff. We need another form of MAD.
For those of a certain age, and of a lousy education, that is
an acronym for the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction.
It was a way of coping with the proliferation of nuclear
weapons. It consisted of a very simple position:
You nuke us and we'll nuke you. That will be the end of us,
but it will also be the end of you, so what will be the point
of nuking us?
Tom Lehrer summed up the situation rather neatly in his song
First we got the bomb and that was good
cause we love peace and motherhood
then Russia got the bomb but that's okay
For the balance of power's maintained that way
But who's next?
I shall come back to this situation later in the book, because
the current actions of governments have meant they have walked
straight into this situation without thinking. In short, the
current actions by most governments around the world have made
the above-mentioned nightmare a distinct possibility. They may
have walked into a trial run, and proved conclusively just
what such an attack could do.
There is an added picquancy to the situation in that China
appears to be a principle agent in this story.
If we add in the way that the CCP has behaved over the years
we would be right to be alarmed. That organisation clearly
disrespects principles agreed by almost every other nation on
In case it isn't already clear, I am saying that the virus
itself is no more a threat to the average person than a nasty
cold. It is, after all, a form of flu. People die of flu every
year, but civilisation does not come to a standstill because
However, what this mess does prove is that it doesn't take
much for a malevalent power to over-run the globe.
Now that is significant.
I take it you do see what I mean.
You dont need a conspiracy theory.
Let's add it up.
You dont need an army.
You dont need bombs.
You just need a virus, and someone to carry it around the
And it's ridiculously cheap, and you could set it loose
anywhere on the planet, then sit back and watch.
It's like someone dragging a rake through an ant hill. Such a
simple action, and look at the chaos of ants running round in
You can imagine the perpetrator sitting on the terrace, an
iced drink in his hand, and a sweet smile on his face.
Will the world ever be the same again?