One of the biggest takeaways from the COVID- 19 outbreak has been the war of words between United States and China. This is US Presidential Election year and US President Donald Trump is sure come out with all guns blazing in hia attempt to get re-elected. And is leaving no stone unturned to blame China for the disaster around the world due to the virus that originated from Chinese city of Wuhan .
With over 74, 577 deaths in The United states the most by any country in the world , Trump has a reason to be peeved off with China. Backing Trump’s aggression against China was US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo who rattled the Chinese hierarchy with his stunning statement few days back saying : Know enough to be confident that COVID-19 emerged form a Lab at Wuhan.
US and Other countries now feel that China has lot to answer to the world as to how this virus created so much mayhem all over the globe and coming days will face the heat from many countries. Germany has already sought a compensation of around $140 Billion.
Trump had few days ago admitted that the loss of Americans lives were much more to COVID-19 than World War II , 9/11, Pearl Harbour. He called them worst attacks as well in American history.
This aggression against China is understandable , but raises another pertinent question ? Why is it that America vents it’s anger only when it’s own citizen’s are hurt?
American went hard against the Al- Qaeda after it found that Osama Bin Laden was the mastermind behind the September 11, 9/11 WTC attacks in 2001 which killed nearly 2996 people. America united the World under the ‘War on Terror’ and did not rest until Bin Laden was hunted down and killed .
From 2001 to 2011, bin Laden was a major target of the United States, as the FBI offered a $25 million bounty in their search for him On May 2, 2011,bin Laden was shot and killed by US Navy SEALs inside a private residential compound in Abbottabad,ironically Pakistan’s military headquarters.
The covert operation was conducted by members of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (SEAL Team Six) and Central Intelligence Agency SAD/SOG operators on the orders of then US President Barack Obama.
The Bin Laden killing and now the aggression against China has brought to the fore America’s selfish foreign policy.
India had it may be recalled had time and again raised the issue of Pakistan sponsored terror in Jammu and Kashmir and not forget numerous terror strikes – like 26/11, 2008 Mumbai, Pathankot, Uri, Pulwama with the United States. But that has fallen into deaf ears. All the governments that have been at the power at the Centre in India and all the Prime Ministers in their respective tenures have vociferously highlighted Islamabad’s terror push but Washington has shied away from taking a hard stand towards Pakistan.
The usual response from Washington when the two sub- continent neighbours are in danger of a confrontation after a terror strike is – call for restraint, dialogue. And add to that the audacity of US President Donald Trump with numerous offers to mediate between India and Pakistan.
The face-off between US-China will be watched with keen interest and if the words of American President Donald Trump : “We were attacked. This was an attack. This wasn’t just the flu by the way. Nobody has ever seen anything like this, 1917 was the last time.” Then one can assume that this US – China face-off is not ending soon and will get bigger in the days ahead.