The Giant Mouse That Roared
by Andy Joppa
With all that’s been written about COVID-19 there is one plausible circumstance that seems to be an “untouchable.” Why it appears to be off limits is a mystery, as it has all the characteristics of it “could’ve been this way.” I’ll not be staking a claim to the validity of this conclusion, but I will state unequivocally the theory cannot be proven wrong. OK…enough of my dramatic introduction…what am I talking about?
There is a strong likelihood we are at war with China and no one seems to notice or care. It seems that if something isn’t being blown up it doesn’t count as a war. If you can’t mention aircraft carriers, smart bombs or tomahawk missiles then it’s not really a war. Yet, if this analysis is correct, China has launched an asymmetrical attack on the United States of America that is dramatically more destructive than Pearl Harbor or 9/11. It was that attack from China that has pushed America closer to the end of its republic than we have ever been. Nothing has been as existential a threat to this nation as was, and continues to be, COVID-19.
I cannot prove this essential thesis which in a remarkable manner actually proves the thesis (more later). However, I can state without equivocation, that the strongest of all likelihoods is that China constructed a human to human virus in the bio-weapons laboratories outside of Wuhan. This virus was released in the fall of 2019 in Wuhan itself. The rest of China, the China that really mattered, Shanghai and Beijing, were bolstered to enable them to resist the impact of the virus. All internal air travel from Wuhan to these two cities, the heart of government and commerce, was shut down on January 23, while China kept open its international travel.
America was still having thousands of Chinese human time bombs come through our airports, while China had prepared itself to deal with the problem and avoid any serious health repercussions. If there were any major domestic implications, they would only kill people (China would not resist that for a greater good) and the “really important” citizens of Shanghai and Beijing, would be unaffected.
By doing all this, China retained plausible deniability (hence, I can’t prove the essential thesis) and could prevent the U.S. from retaliating using conventional weaponry. The only thing that blunted the impact of this “attack” was the unexpectedly rapid shut down of air travel from China by President Trump. As a result, although we had already been contaminated, and the China to Europe to America mode of transmission stayed open for a longer period, the full implications of Chinese intentions were not realized.
Since the virus has been released, not from the wet markets of Wuhan, but the Wuhan Institute of Virology, all attempts to explain this in the West have suggested it was an accidental release. It seems far more likely that the dramatic actions taken by China suggests something far more serious…that is, an intentional release.
When we link this with the early suppression of information and then lying that this was just like SARS…I think we have a strong case for war by other means…an asymmetric war. Can we document that asymmetric war is part of Chinese strategic policy? Yes…that can be done. I won’t go into an elaborate presentation of that reality but will demonstrate this through fiction and then the book from the PLA that generated that fiction and created the potential and logic for the COVID-19 attack.
Brad Thor wrote in his novel (2014), Act of War, an accurate description of Chinese asymmetric strategies of war. All the policy comments (in bold) he presented are accurate and all characters are fictious aside from the two primaries, who were colonels in the PLA and authored the strategy.
“Who’s our China expert here?” All eyes shifted to the CIA’s senior China analyst; a woman named Stephanie Esposito. “I am, Mr. President,” she said, raising her hand. She was nervous. She had never briefed a president before. “Agent Esposito, is it?” “Yes, Mr. President.” “I understand you were quite insistent that this briefing include information on the Chinese concept of unrestricted warfare.” “Yes, sir. I was.” “Why?”
“Because I believe it is the single most important doctrine they’ve developed in the modern era. It informs everything they do, especially Snow Dragon.” The President agreed. “For those in the room who aren’t familiar with unrestricted warfare, will you please explain what it is?” “Yes, Mr. President,” Esposito replied. “China sees the United States as its number-one enemy. The defense minister, General Chi Quamyou, has stated that war with the United States is inevitable and can’t be avoided. “At the same time, China understands that they can’t defeat the United States on the conventional battlefield. We’re too technologically advanced.
But in the words of the People’s Liberation Army chief of staff, General Fu Haotian, the inferior can defeat the superior. “It can only be done, though, by throwing out the rule book, which is actually what two very dangerous PLA colonels did back in the 1990s. By abandoning the traditional concept of warfare, Colonels Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui completely reinvented China’s view of warfare and of itself.” “How so?”
“In their doctrine of unrestricted warfare, Liang and Xiangsui rejected the idea that China was required to meet the U.S. on any conventional battlefield. Why fight in a manner in which you know you’ll lose? Instead, the colonels proposed that China only fight battles they knew they could win. “Merciless, unconventional attacks are at the very heart of their philosophy.
In fact, Colonel Liang has been quoted as saying that the first rule of unrestricted warfare is that there are no rules. Anything goes. Bombs in movie theaters, collapsing America’s electrical grid, taking down the Internet, poisoning our food or water supplies, dirty bombs, chemical or biological attacks— nothing is beyond the pale in their new philosophy.
“It also gives China the edge. We’ll never see them coming. There won’t be mass troop mobilizations or anything like that. In fact, unrestricted warfare renders planes, soldiers, and tanks almost totally unnecessary in the traditional sense.”
“Understand that the key for China is to never be attached to any attack. For any of our allies to take action, there would have to be rock-solid proof that China was behind the attack on the United States.” “And even then,” the Vice President added, “some of our allies wouldn’t have the stomach for it. It’d be the start of World War III.” “That’s what China is counting on,” Esposito replied.
OK…Thor’s work was fiction…fiction that was driven by facts. Let’s deal with the actual strategic policy manual, Unrestricted Warfare, written by the two PLA Colonels… Colonels Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui, that provided the structure of Thor’s fiction.
This is a sobering and fascinating study on war in the modern era, “Unrestricted Warfare” carefully explores strategies that militarily and politically disadvantaged nations might take in order to successfully attack a geopolitical super-power like the United States. American military doctrine is typically led by technology; a new class of weapon or vehicle is developed, which allows or encourages an adjustment in strategy. Military strategists Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui argue that this dynamic is a crucial weakness in the American military, and that this blind spot with regard to alternative forms warfare could be effectively exploited by enemies. “Unrestricted Warfare” concerns the many ways in which this might occur.
The traditional mentality that offensive action is limited to military action is no longer adequate given the range of contemporary threats and the rising costs-both in dollars and lives lost-of traditional warfare. Instead, Liang and Xiangsui suggest the significance of alternatives to direct military confrontation, including international policy, economic warfare, attacks on digital infrastructure and networks, and terrorism. Even a relatively insignificant state can incapacitate a far more powerful enemy by applying pressure to their economic and political systems.
The doctrine clearly states that a direct kinetic conflict would be less effective than irregular warfare.
They were about two decades before their time.
Colonels Qiao Liang and Wang Xiangsui argued that war was no longer about “using armed forces to compel the enemy to submit to one’s will” in the classic Clausewitzian sense. Rather, they asserted that war had evolved to “using all means, including armed force or non-armed force, military and non-military, and lethal and non-lethal means to compel the enemy to accept one’s interests.”
The barrier between soldiers and civilians would fundamentally be erased, because the battle would be everywhere. The number of new battlefields would be “virtually infinite,” and could include environmental warfare, financial warfare, trade warfare, cultural warfare, and legal warfare, to name just a few. They wrote of assassinating financial speculators to safeguard a nation’s financial security, setting up slush funds to influence opponents’ legislatures and governments, and buying controlling shares of stocks to convert an adversary’s major television and newspapers outlets into tools of media warfare. Qiao argued in a subsequent interview that “the first rule of unrestricted warfare is that there are no rules, with nothing forbidden.” That vision clearly transcends any traditional notions of war.
But Qiao and Wang argued that the battlefield had fundamentally changed. It was no longer a place where militaries met and fought; instead, society itself was now the battlefield. Future wars would inevitably encompass attacks on all elements of society without limits.
Twenty years ago, Qiao and Wang warned us that these myriad new forms of non-military warfare were coming. Today we all now live on that battlefield — an unlimited zone of conflict that can reach each one of us in every aspect of our lives and work…and has. The unconstrained notions of modern war articulated in Unrestricted Warfare have now arrived.
Boundaries between soldiers and civilians, combatants and bystanders have all but disappeared in this dangerous new world. Providing effective national security in this unprecedented environment of mass exposure requires our policymakers to plan for unrestricted warfare. This growing and nearly boundless threat requires us to develop better policies, better deterrent capabilities, and far more developed defenses. We can’t wait for the first big attack of the next war to throw society into chaos — rethinking what war now means in our interconnected world demands the attention of our civilian and military leaders today.
The coronavirus pandemic is a fount of conspiracy theories as to its origin and purpose. But an application of Occam’s Razor may point to the uncomfortable reality that an orchestrated release of a bioweapon called ‘coronavirus’ is quite possibly a Chinese counterattack to the imposition of US tariffs that were bringing the Chinese Potemkin economy—and potentially the Chinese Communist Party—to its knees.
Releasing a pathogen into the world’s bloodstream—including America’s—could be the great equalizer. Americans especially could be relied on to care for their people like no other country on earth (which America under President Trump is surely doing)—which means Americans could be relied on to shut down their entire economy if necessary to stave off what they can be made to fear as a calamitous health crisis. Presto…the Chinese economy may be cratered, but now America’s will be, too.
But in the race to recover, the CCP can and will get those factories running again, even if it takes forced labor relocated from the Uyghur re-education camps. And in the ugliest tradition of communists everywhere, if a few million or tens of million Chinese die in the process of getting the factories back up and running, well—that’s just a statistic.
In the meantime, the CCP can keep the Americans spinning and flailing with release after release of disinformation about infection rates, mortality rates, new diagnosed cases, worsening symptoms and outcomes and relapses, and rely on a compliant leftist, anti-Trump US media to hype the worst of the dangers to the point of assuring continued economic paralysis and the shutdown of everything.
Is it possible China did not act deliberately? Also, yes. And one can certainly hope so. But to date China has not acted like a responsible world power eager to invite in international experts to help themselves and the world recover from an innocent mistake; on the contrary, they are going into hyperdrive re-spinning the entire pandemic as having been started by America. At the very least, those are not the actions of a government with a ‘global’ care for humanity.
The extraordinarily sad and dangerous place America finds itself in is that, with the exception of President Trump, Americans aren’t really sure whose side some in their own government are on. This is not to claim that anyone wishes death or suffering on innocent American citizens. But it is to say that consistent with the never-ending coup efforts of the MSM and Deep State against the Presidency of Donald Trump, and the over-the-top China excuse-making by the MSM (calling it the ‘Chinese coronavirus’ is RACIST!), there is a growing realization that the federal government—including intelligence agencies and even the Defense Department—is still filled with holdovers from the radical leftist Obama administration.
These people WANT the end of the Trump presidency; they want a top-down, government-controlled society, and if destroying the US economy with a pandemic is the way to get there, they will do everything in their power to help China make sure it happens.
So, besides all the healthcare measures to fight the virus, what’s the answer?
First is the need of the American people to recognize China as the enemy that it is, and to demand that their entire government act accordingly. No more bowing to elitist’ nonsense about the modernizing and moderating effect of a growing economy built by transplanting American manufacturing to China. No more fundamental reliance on China for medicines used in America, especially as China is now appearing to threaten America’s supply of life-saving drugs. No more naivete about the way totalitarian governments lie, and do not value human life.
We may be at war…we cannot surrender without even a fight.