The Crumbling Global Tower

The Crumbling Global Tower. By Richard Fernandez.

The “fragile states” are reeling not only from the disease but from the lockdowns and fall in economic activity.

North Korea, the world’s only self-proclaimed coronavirus-free nation, said it was facing a “grave” viral incident and a “tense” food situation. …

Meanwhile, “Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere, has earned another grim distinction: it’s the only one that hasn’t vaccinated a single resident against Covid-19,” writes Bloomberg. “Haiti was among the 92 poor and middle-income countries offered doses under the Covax Facility. But the government initially declined AstraZeneca PLC shots, citing side effects and widespread fears in the population.” Already falling apart, it is now disintegrating. Haiti has no parliament, no president, a dispute over who is prime minister, a weak police force, and it’s full of looting gangs controlled by politicians. …

The “international community,” already hard-pressed by its own domestic concerns, is in no mood to donate more aid, send troops, or accept more refugees from the Caribbean, the Middle East, North Africa, or Afghanistan. The well is running dry.

Even before the latest trouble, the left-wing Nation wrote: “Haiti Has Been Abandoned — by the Media, the US, and the World.” It underscores how deep the fatigue is: when the media gives up, who’s left? …

The origin of the virus may never be known for certain, and China may unleash others:

Dr. Zeynep Tufekci, writing in the New York Times, noted that a Chinese lab accident started a pandemic once before — the 1977 H1N1 “Russian flu,” which, fortunately, killed only 700,000 people worldwide.

It was only in 2004 that a prominent virologist, Peter Palese, wrote that Chi-Ming Chu, a respected virologist and a former member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, told him that “the introduction of this 1977 H1N1 virus” was indeed thought to be due to vaccine trials involving “the challenge of several thousand military recruits with live H1N1 virus.” …

Too many bad trends are converging:

A new era of uncertainty dawns over the West. Even the Washington Post has stopped pretending we’re going back to “normal.” “The economy isn’t going back to February 2020. Fundamental shifts have occurred,” and not in a good way.

[C]onsumers struggle to adapt to a new landscape with higher prices, fewer workers, new innovations and a range of inconveniences…

What Americans are encountering, though, is almost unrecognizable from just 16 months ago. Prices are up. Housing is scarce. It takes months longer than normal to get furniture, appliances and numerous parts delivered. And there is a great dislocation between millions of unemployed workers and millions of vacant jobs….

Then there is inflation, which hit a 13-year high in May, and is widely viewed as the biggest risk that could sink — or at least stall — the recovery’s progress….

This could be the end of the old global world, the vanished landscape of old norms that Joe Biden was supposed to restore. Neither social media nor Hollywood could save it.

It died under the rise of China, the corruption of Washington, the stasis of Europe, and the madness of Woke culture. COVID, when it came, was simply the coup de grace for the whole teetering edifice.

Interesting times are almost upon us.

Biden is so emblematic of what brought us to this point. Just the person to guide the world in difficult times.