If another country accidentally unleashed a weapon of mass destruction, and it killed almost 200,000 people worldwide (including 60,000 Americans), there would be international outrage and urgent calls for that country to cease any and all activities related to that weapon and to conform to new, strict, immediate measures for transparency and constraints.

Unfortunately, despite the dangerous and unsanitary practices in China’s so-called “wet markets” that likely spawned the unfolding, historic pandemic, China has decided to reopen those markets. A Wuhan wet market, offering live wild animals for sale, may have been the origin of the COVID-19 virus. Admittedly, China’s wet markets are not designed to kill human beings, but like other “weapons of mass destruction”, it appears they have done so on a global scale nonetheless. Moreover, this is the second such pandemic to have emerged from the Chinese wet markets within the last 20 years.

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