By Allan Wall, April 7, 2020
The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic continues. As of today, the world has had over 1,340,00 cases with over 74,000 deaths.
Since ancient times, diseases have spread throughout the world. But nowadays they can spread so much faster.
With today’s rapid air travel, an infected person could fly around the world and infect hundreds of people before he’s even aware that he himself is infected.
It’s a global problem. So, how are “globalists” handling it?
You would think the World Health Organization would be covered in glory at this time.
The World Health Organization is a United Nations bureaucracy tasked with protecting the health of the world. (It’s known by its initials WHO, though not to be confused with longtime British rock band The Who.)
In the coronavirus crisis, the WHO has been accused of parroting Chinese propaganda. Many people in the world, unsurprisingly, have the feeling the Communist Chinese government isn’t telling us everything about coronavirus.
And for years, because of China, the WHO has excluded Taiwan from membership in the organization, even stripping the beleaguered island nation of observer status a few years back.
Yet the world could learn much from Taiwan, which amazingly has kept its coronavirus cases under 400 with only 5 deaths. And this was done without massive shutdowns!
But don’t think that the WHO has no principles. Supporting abortion is one, even defending the necessity of abortion during the coronavirus crisis.
When it comes to confronting COVID-19, the globalist organizations aren’t looking too useful – not the WHO, not the European Union, and for that matter, our own hemisphere’s Organization of American States.
Rather than look to such organizations to save them in this time of crisis, national governments have made their own plans to confront the virus, taking the measures deemed most appropriate to protect their own people.
Certainly, every country did not institute the exact same strategies, and we can learn by comparing different countries and seeing how they handled the situation.
The point is, national governments, not globalist bureaucracies, are enacting such policies.
For most governments policies have included travel restriction and tighter borders. After all, even if you have it already, why bring in more coronavirus?
The Pew Research Organization published an article by Phillip Connor on April 1st entitled More than nine-in-ten people worldwide live in countries with travel restrictions amid COVID-19.
That article reports that, “At least nine-tenths (93%) of the world’s population, or 7.2 billion people, lives in countries with restrictions on people arriving from other countries who are neither citizens nor residents, such as tourists, business travelers, and new immigrants. Roughly 3 billion people, or 39%, live in countries with borders completely closed to noncitizens and nonresidents, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of border closure announcements and United Nations population data.”
Maybe good fences do make good neighbors.
Look what’s happened on the U.S. – Mexico border. For years we tried to get our government to control it, but powerful interests didn’t want it controlled.
Donald Trump ran for office on the platform of securing the border. Trump has improved the situation, but not as much as we would like.
Recently though, to face the COVID-19 threat, the U.S. and Mexico agreed to shut the border to “nonessential travel.”
There’s some wiggle room there, because how does one define “nonessential?”
The bottom line though is that there are many fewer people crossing the border now. As for illegal aliens, most of them are just being sent back within an hour and a half.
Wow, why wasn’t this done years ago? It took the coronavirus crisis to push us to control the border.
So what happens after the virus has run its course?
I don’t know, but at least it has demonstrated that the border can be controlled, if the political will exists.
And, throughout the world, nations, in their own particular ways, are dealing with COVID-19 as nations, not as local branches of a globalist bureaucracy. It’s called nationalism.
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