Source: Washington – Bandar Al-Doshi
The Corona Virus has awakened American policy philosopher Henry Kissinger, the former US Secretary of State in the administrations of President Nixon and Ford, who has sounded the alarm warning that the world before Corona is not the same as after, anticipating political and economic turmoil that may continue for generations due to the epidemic, hinting the breakdown of the social contract Locally and internationally.
He praised the efforts of President Donald Trump’s administration in confronting the crisis, saying that a new international order was forming, calling on the United States to prepare for this new world parallel to confronting the virus.
“Battle of the Gap”
Kissinger wrote in the American Wall Street Journal that the surreal atmosphere of the Covid-19 epidemic indicates how I felt as a young man in the 84th Infantry Division during the Battle of the Bulge.
He added: “Now, as in late 1944, there is a sense of an emerging danger that does not target any particular person, but rather randomly hits, leaving destruction, but there is an important difference between that distant period and our time.”
He continued: “Currently, in a divided country, an effective and far-sighted government is necessary to overcome the unprecedented obstacles in global size and scope. Maintaining public confidence is crucial to social solidarity, the relationship of societies to one another, and to international peace and stability.”
Kissinger said: “Nations coherence and flourish when their institutions can predict disaster, stop their impact and restore stability. When the Covid-19 pandemic ends, the institutions of many countries will be seen to have failed. It does not matter whether this ruling is objectively fair. The truth.” It is that the world will not be the same as it was after the coronavirus. Now the debate over the past makes it difficult to do what needs to be done. ”
He wrote: “Coronavirus infections have reached an unprecedented level of ferocity and size. Its outbreak is enormous … American cases double every five days, and as of this writing, there is no treatment. Medical supplies are insufficient to cope with increasing waves of cases, and intensive care units are about to close. The examination is insufficient for the task of determining the extent of infection, let alone spreading it. A successful vaccine can be ready between 12 to 18 months. “
A post-Corona world order
In his article, Kissinger said, “The US administration has done a strong job in avoiding the immediate catastrophe. The final test will be whether the spread of the virus can be stopped and then reversed in a manner and on a scale that preserves public confidence in the ability of Americans to manage themselves.”
He stressed that “the efforts of the crisis, no matter how huge and necessary, should not weaken the urgent task of launching a parallel project for the transition to a post-coronary system.”
He pointed out that the leaders deal with the crisis on a largely national basis, but the effects of the virus that melts in society does not recognize the borders.
While attacking human health – hopefully – will be temporary, it will produce political and economic turmoil that may persist for generations. No country, not even the United States, can defeat the virus in a purely national effort. Ultimately addressing the imperatives of the moment must be accompanied by a global vision and program of cooperation. If we cannot do both, we will face the worst of both. “
“A historical stage”
He explained that by drawing lessons from the development of the Marshall Plan and the Manhattan Project, the United States is committed to making a major effort in three areas … supporting global resilience to infectious diseases, seeking to heal the wounds of the global economy, and protecting the principles of a liberal global order.
He believed that restraint is necessary in all aspects .. In both domestic politics and international diplomacy, priorities must be defined.
He concluded, “We have moved from the battle of the loophole in world war to a world of increasing prosperity and the promotion of human dignity. Now, we are living in a historical period. The historic challenge for leaders is managing the crisis and building the future, failure can burn the world.”