@LaurenceBettle There is a self delusion in Western logical thought that is completely disabling. To investigate and adjudicate requires the assumption that all parties are or can be compelled to investigate. This is false. China has already shown its desire to coverup the origin facts.
@LaurenceBettle China failed to disclose human to human transmission, have steadfastly failed to meet treaty obligations, and so on. In such cases we must revert to a different standard of judgment acting with caution. When not allowed to see the evidence we must not assume innocence.
@LaurenceBettle We can not pronounce in the Western press that these are unfounded theories, instead we must act that there is the possibility they are the truth. It is simply not prudent, where international investigations are blocked, to assume that others are innocent until proven guilty.
@LaurenceBettle I am not declaring China guilty but I do subscribe to Ronald Reagan’s postulated thesis, “Trust but verify.” And it’s corollary, “If you cannot verify, do not trust.” The application of concepts of the Western jurisprudence process simply do not apply, and are dangerous.

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