Planning To Help Poorer Countries Is the Only Way To Overcome Fear in America’s Pandemic Crisis

April 6, 2020
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams attends the coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Sunday, March 22, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams attends the coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Sunday, March 22, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

In the United States on Sunday its Surgeon-General Dr. Jerome Adams appeared on “Fox News Sunday” program to warn Americans that as the coronavirus pandemic rises toward a peak this week, “it will be a Pearl Harbor shock, a 9/11 shock”—“the hardest and saddest week of most Americans’ lives.”

We should remember that for two full years before the original Pearl Harbor shock President Franklin Roosevelt was mobilizing logistics and production aid from America to other nations which were fighting the Axis powers. That aid was accelerated and expanded after the Pearl Harbor attack. Americans should hear President Donald Trump’s statements—almost never reported otherwise—at his daily task force conferences, that he wants to export medical equipment and supplies as soon as it is possible to the “151 countries that have this deadly virus.”

Not only must supplies be sent: A new healthcare infrastructure must be built in most underdeveloped nations, which are almost totally unprepared. This will only happen if the President reaches agreements with the leading producer nations China, Russia, India and others, to create credit and mobilize production. As a long-time pandemic researcher, Laurie Garrett, said in an interview April 3, only if the United States and China cooperate to build up the developing countries is there any hope that they will not be completely devastated by this pandemic in coming months, which will then “come back to us.”

Schiller Institute President Helga Zepp-LaRouche again on Saturday urged, in an international internet dialogue, “‘All Men Shall Be Brothers’: From COVID-19 to the New Paradigm,” an immediate summit of the heads of those leading producer nations, to accomplish a new credit system and a new paradigm. She said,

“I think that you should put yourself also in the shoes of the people in the developing countries who are at the very end of the chain: People who have only one meal a day, or have no clean water, or who suffer from malnutrition. I think it’s really important, because they cannot fight for themselves, it is up to us. And Nicholas of Cusa already said this in the 15th century, that there are so many people who cannot really take responsibility for what comes out of history, because they’re so much under the burden of fighting for their livelihood, for just getting enough food, or living, that they have no additional energy. And people who are suffering hunger, that is the worst violation of human rights. People are in pain. If they die of hunger, it’s the most painful death you can imagine: And I think this is a moment where it really depends on us, who are in the so-called advanced sector—which is not so advanced, after all—but we have certain privileges that we can even have this kind of discussion, that we can have the kind of international communication that we can think about what to do: And out of that comes a tremendous responsibility.

“And I think this is a moment where people really have to rethink how they relate to the rest of humanity, by consciously strengthening your sense of empathy. When Friedrich Schiller would say, in his lifetime, looking at the situation around him, he said the most important requirement of my time (meaning his time), is the development of what is in German, the Empfindungsvermögen, which can be roughly translated as ‘empathy,’ as taking the mind and soul of the other person into your heart and making it your own; finding out all the feelings and thinking of the other person, and to develop that passion and compassion and empathy with the people who cannot do it right now. I think if we do that, then we will come out of this crisis as better human beings, and that is, we have to absolutely develop this idea of empathy and love for all of humanity.

“And if we do that we will be immortal and invincible....

“I think that that is not a utopia. I think that this present crisis brings us to the test, and also the chance to make that big step forward in the history and in the evolution of the human species.”


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