From the practical, material, down-to-Earth perspective COVID infection was a biological attack. Cut and dry, plain and simple, loud and clear. And, consequently, it had to be treated as such by the authorities (i.e. by the government).
And it really does not matter whether the perpetrator was your enemy in the “hot war”, a “rogue state”, a terrorist cell (of whatever kind), an individual terrorist (such things happened) or Mother Nature. It is still a biological attack.
Hence the right thing to do under these circumstances (i.e. in the nation under a biological attack) was to, obviously, use military protocols, rules and procedures for repelling this attack.
Every nation has these protocols – they have been developed in 1950s (and have been regularly refined since) as a standard security procedure. All the governments had to do was to activate these procedures (adapting, when necessary to the “COVID-specifics”).
And there is a fundamental reason why these procedures was the only acceptable way to go – no civilian health care system (and this is obviously a health care issue) has ever been designed or equipped to handle a de-facto epidemic (WHO definitions notwithstanding). Only the military can.
The three key steps in these protocols are: (1) assessing the dangers posed by the bioattack; (2) developing a plan for repelling this attack; (3) declaring the appropriate state of emergency – otherwise you can not legally engage the military; and (4) implementing these measures.
The key step is, obviously, the first one – and it is not as evident as might seem at a first glance. And this irrefutable fact stems from the very nature of a biological weapon – its’ being a perfect tool of terror.
Contrary to a popular misconception, the bioweapon is not suitable for the battlefield – it can far too easily backfire (literally) and hit the side that used it. There is some evidence that the Red Army learned it the hard way in 1942 when it tried to attach Wehrmacht troops with tularemia (“rabbit fever”).
Hence, bioweapons have been designed to attack the civilian population deep in the enemy territory (a definite crime against humanity but at that time no one really cared).
However, just about any “biological agent” that can be weaponized, is relatively easy to contain; therefore, it is used not to kill a large number of civilians (which would have a relatively insignificant effect on the course of war – the fact proved beyond the reasonable doubt by indiscriminate bombing of Germany and Japan by Allied Air Forces).
But to create terror. Fear.Panic. And the panic (especially nationwide) is an extremely powerful force. Capable of destroying the whole system of the enemy – political, government, economic, social – even military. Thus all but ensuring the victory of the adversary (who used the biological weapon).
The power of panic was proven beyond the reasonable doubt in mid-October of 1941 when the little-known “Moscow panic” all but handed to Adolf Hitler on a (not necessarily silver) plate the Soviet capital (and thus victory on the Eastern Front – and most likely in the whole Second World War).
Unfortunately for the Third Reich, by that time Der Führer was already way too inept to use this opportunity (like many others) to win the war. It is an irrefutable historical fact that the so-called “anti-Hitler coalition” did not win the war – the Nazi Germany lost it.
Consequently, the handling of the COVID-attack should be handed to the military from Day One and the latter had to focus first and foremost on preventing the murderous panic to protect the whole society (i.e. the whole system) from collapsing – not on saving individual lives.
And that’s exactly what the military are conditioned to do – to save the battalion, sometimes you must willingly and ruthlessly sacrifice a platoon; to save a brigade, you must sacrifice a company and to save a division, you must sacrifice a battalion. Practical military necessity – cut and dry, plain and simple, loud and clear.
But the liberals simply can not let it happen as this is a total anathema to the very foundation of liberalism. Liberals are diehard individualists, obsessed (I would even say, possessed) by the (ultimately suicidal) dogma that the individual is more important than the society.
Besides, making panic prevention job #1 automatically required imposition of a ruthless (and possibly even brutal) “COVID-censorship” on all media – including indefinite detention without court order of all violators in, yes, detention camps (it is the only way to prevent panic these days). This, again, for liberals is tantamount to suicide. Ideological suicide, I mean.
Consequently, instead of doing what needed to be done, the Western liberal governments (and – with few exceptions – other governments inspired by liberals) did something radically different.
And ultimately suicidal. Actually, that’s exactly why liberalism constitutes a genuinely existential threat to Western (and the whole human) civilization: when faced (like today) with the choice of focusing on saving the whole society or individual lives, it will inevitably choose the latter.
Which will automatically result in a total collapse of the whole society (nation, country, state, etc.). This collapse will kill far more human lives than the (necessary) sacrifice ever could. And will make the survivors wish they did not.
Because they will end up in a very real Hell on Earth.