March 23, 2020
It’s not just Anglin citing the Anglin Theory of Coronavirus.
The Chinese have cited Anglin, now the Iranians are citing Anglin.
Anglin was right.
Iran’s supreme leader refused U.S. assistance Sunday to fight the new coronavirus, citing an unfounded conspiracy theory claiming the virus could be man-made by America.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s comments come as Iran faces crushing U.S. sanctions blocking the country from selling its crude oil and accessing international financial markets.
But while Iranian civilian officials in recent days have increasingly criticized those sanctions, 80-year-old Khamenei instead chose to traffic in the same conspiracy theory increasingly used by Chinese officials about the new virus to deflect blame for the pandemic.
“I do not know how real this accusation is but when it exists, who in their right mind would trust you to bring them medication?” Khamenei said. “Possibly your medicine is a way to spread the virus more.”
I would just replace the word “possibly” with “obviously.”
He also alleged without offering any evidence that the virus “is specifically built for Iran using the genetic data of Iranians which they have obtained through different means.”
“You might send people as doctors and therapists, maybe they would want to come here and see the effect of the poison they have produced in person,” he said.
There is no scientific proof offered anywhere in the world to support Khamenei’s claims.
How would you prove it?
“It is not a bioweapon” is as unfalsifiable as “it is a bioweapon.”
Either claim would have to rely on circumstantial evidence, and we have a lot more circumstantial evidence supporting the bioweapon theory than we have supporting the bat soup theory.
And bat soup theory is now the official line of Western governments.
Scientists have not yet determined exactly how the new coronavirus first infected people. Evidence suggests it originated in bats, which infected another animal that spread it to people at a market in Wuhan. The now-shuttered Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market advertised dozens of species such as giant salamanders, baby crocodiles and raccoon dogs that were often referred to as wildlife, even when they were farmed.
An article published last week in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature Medicine dismissed the idea the virus was man-made. Its authors said it was “improbable” that the virus “emerged through laboratory manipulation of a related SARS-CoV-like coronavirus.”
Khamenei made the comments in a speech in Tehran broadcast live Sunday across Iran marking Nowruz, the Persian New Year, and the Islamic commemoration known as Isra and Miraj. He had called off his usual speech at Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad over the virus outbreak.
His comments come as Iran has over 21,600 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus amid 1,685 reported deaths, according to government figures released Sunday. Experts still fear Iran may be underreporting its cases.
Iran is one of the hardest-hit countries in the world by the new virus, sweeping across leaders in both its civilian government and Shiite theocracy. Across the Mideast, Iran represents eight of 10 cases of the virus and those leaving the Islamic Republic have carried the virus to other countries.
Seriously, just take a step back and ask why, excluding Italy, this only affects the West’s enemies?
When the only other option presented is “bat soup,” shouldn’t the logical default position be “this is probably a bioweapon”?
In 2018, the mainstream media was reporting that DARPA was designing bioweapons to be deployed using insects.
Later that year, it was reported they were doing research on bat viruses.
It is NOT a conspiracy theory that they were working on this bioweapon.
It is technically a “conspiracy theory” that this outbreak is a use of this bioweapon.
But just so, “bat soup” is also a theory. And a much dumber one.
Sure: it is not a certainty that this is a bioweapon. But Iran isn’t even saying that they’re certain of it.
No one is saying that. Anglin himself isn’t even saying that.
What we are saying is that it is the most likely possibility.