“Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.” (Roosevelt 1939)
What do you think, Mr. Tramp, sir?
The Chinese government began saying, “The United States has brought Corona to China.” Lies and hoaxes have come this far! Trump once said that climate change was a hoax created by China and the Democratic Party. He opened the door to the war of deceptions.
本日は、Japan Times が休刊日、市と町の図書館は閉鎖したままなので、暇つぶしにネットをサーフしていたら、Time の強烈なエッセイに辿り着いて目が覚めた。
Over the last few years, irresponsible politicians have deliberately undermined trust in science, in public authorities, and in international cooperation. As a result, we are now facing this crisis bereft of global leaders that can inspire, organize and finance a coordinated global response. （Time電子版）
During the 2014 Ebola epidemic, the U.S. served as that kind of leader. The U.S. fulfilled a similar role also during the 2008 financial crisis, when it rallied behind it enough countries to prevent global economic meltdown. But in recent years the U.S. has resigned its role as global leader. The current U.S. administration has cut support for international organizations like the World Health Organization, and has made it very clear to the world that the U.S. no longer has any real friends – it has only interests. （Time電子版）
When the coronavirus crisis erupted, the U.S. stayed on the sidelines, and has so far refrained from taking a leading role. Even if it eventually tries to assume leadership, trust in the current U.S. administration has been eroded to such an extent, that few countries would be willing to follow it. Would you follow a leader whose motto is “Me First”? （Time電子版）