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Vaughan parent charged after sending child to daycare with COVID-19 symptoms

BY MICHAEL RANGER

Posted Aug 16, 2021 11:33 am EDTCredit: Photo by BBC Creative on Unsplash

A parent in Vaughan has been hit with over $1500 in fines after they allegedly sent their child to daycare while the child was experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

A spokesperson for York Region says the incident occurred on Aug. 3.

The parent has been charged $770 with non-compliance with the region’s Sec. 22 order, and an additional victim surcharge fee of $880.

The region says that 15 children at the daycare have now tested positive for the virus.

Under the Sec. 22 order, anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, or has signs or symptoms, must isolate until they receive a negative COVID-19 test. According to York Region, the child would not have passed the daily COVID screening.

“If you or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home until a negative test is received and symptoms are improving for at least 24 hours,” says the region in a statement.

“If the individual is not tested, then individuals must isolate for 10 days.”

The region says York Region Public Health inspectors have laid 18 charges for non-compliance since the order went into effect in March.

Arwen~ From the Mayo Clinic; “But COVID-19, the common cold, seasonal allergies and the flu (influenza) cause many similar symptoms.”

Any parent knows once your children are in daycare or school , sickness follows. If parents were honest, there would not be one parent who did not send their child to school with the sniffles at times, it is part and parcel of childhood. There are times you send your child to school seemingly well, and you get the call, your child has developed a fever, it can happen very fast with all viruses/flu/colds. Symptoms can come as fast as they leave. Reading the responses on social media to this story, people think this parent should be lynched, it is venomous what is being said.

With children not being at risk with covid nor carriers of this virus…when the flu is much more dangerous to a child than covid, why now is public health officials doing a witch hunt with parents, all that is missing is the scarlet letter. If public health officials, educators and our actual elected officials do not get a handle on this, this school year will be a write off as well. We cannot send a child home or keep them home with every little sniffle nor should they be subject to the invasive and traumatizing ( faulty) PCR test to make sure they do not have covid. I saw firsthand a young boy in SK who was sent home from school last year and he ashamedly said, “my nose was running”, like he had done something wrong or something was wrong with him. This is unconscionable the trauma, the fear that has been put on our most vulnerable, our children.

Btw, let’s keep in mind, covid has never been found or isolated in testing.

Stop treating covid as if it was anything other than it is , a bad flu for most with a recovery rate of over 99.98% ..it is a non issue for children overall. A virus that you have to get tested to find out if you are sick, what is up with that? We have a casedemic not a pandemic.

I cannot believe the headlines of a parent charged for sending their child to school with alleged covid like symptoms and a supposed resulting outbreak. Did we charge parents previously when children with flu/virus symptoms went to school or developed symptoms? Again, the flu is far more dangerous to most of the general population than covid..there was no mask mandated, no mandated flu shots, no social distancing, no lockdowns, no business closures, we carried on as usual and let it run its course, which it would do and fizzle out and guess what..our immune systems did their job, not big pharma and their clinically untested shots.

It is unconscionable what we have allowed to happen, never, ever should PHO , top doctors or CMO’s been in charge. We have a “pandemic protocol” that was never used, who decided that, the WHO.

This will not stop until we say “ENOUGH” with this madness!

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/covid-19-cold-flu-and-allergies-differences/art-20503981

The silence of Western feminists is deafening

The Taliban is ripping Afghan women’s freedom away from them. Where are the protests?

JOANNA WILLIAMS
COLUMNIST17th August 2021

The silence of Western feminists is deafening

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Women are no longer seen on the streets of Kabul. Since the Taliban captured the Afghan capital, women stay at home out of fear of being beaten. ‘In the past 24 hours, our lives have changed and we have been confined to our homes, and death threatens us at every moment’, says one terrified Afghan woman. Female journalists report having had their houses searched. In the space of just one day, they went from being busy professionals to destroying all traces of their former identity in a desperate bid to avoid Taliban retribution. ‘We are scared that if the Taliban find us they will definitely kill us’, explains another.

Women who, over the course of the past two decades, have fought hard to become police officers or soldiers are now in hiding. They took up arms against the Taliban, at the encouragement of Western forces, in order to defend their nation and fight for a better future. And now these women have been betrayed. They are now in hiding, fearful of revenge attacks, their immediate destiny uncertain.

And yet, in their moment of utmost need, Afghan women cannot turn to Western feminists for support. There have been no statements condemning the Taliban’s treatment of women from US vice-president Kamala Harris. Most mainstream feminist groups have been similarly silent. That tidal wave of support that greeted the victims of Harvey Weinstein? It’s dried up. For too many privileged Western feminists, sisterly solidarity ends at the borders of Europe.

While British feminists were busy calling for the government to ban the ultra-minority pursuits of so-called virginity testing and ‘virginity repair surgery’, female students in Kabul were being evacuated by the police from university dormitories prior to the Taliban’s arrival. Desperate to get home, these young women suddenly found themselves barred from public transport. Drivers would not let them in their cars either, because they did not want to take responsibility for transporting a woman. Eventually, on making it home, female students rushed to hide diplomas and burn certificates. They had to destroy all evidence of a previous existence before they could begin to feel safe. Public floggings are no mere rumour.

Throughout the country, girls’ schools are now being closed amid reports of young women being forced to marry Taliban fighters, quit their jobs and remain at home. Women who have never before worn a burqa are now donning one in order to save their lives.

Western feminists love nothing more than to fantasise about Margaret Atwood’s dystopian Gilead. Under the presidency of Donald Trump, every new policy announcement was taken as a sign that the world of The Handmaid’s Tale was no longer fictional. Women took to the streets to protest. But where are the ‘pussy hat’ marchers now that women in Afghanistan are really being barred from leaving home without a male relative?

The silence of the marchers and protesters, the petitioners and kneelers, is deafening. Is Afghanistan too far away? Are Afghan women not deserving of our sympathies? Or is the Taliban, unlike Trump, the wrong type of enemy? British feminists have grown so used to talking about the make-believe oppression apparently experienced by privileged women with media careers and vast salaries, or the pathetic non-issue of socially inadequate young men wolf-whistling on street corners, that they are now unable to recognise real oppression when it stares them in the face. At least, that’s one explanation. The other is that woke activists are so fearful of being associated with any whiff of Islamophobia that they cannot bring themselves to condemn the atrocities now being confronted by Afghan women.

Of course, Western military intervention in Afghanistan was never simply about protecting women and girls. This only ever became a justification once other excuses for putting troops on the ground had dried up. But, over the past two decades, life did slowly begin to get better for some Afghan women. Now, the chaotic manner of the American army’s departure not only turns the clock back on women’s rights, but also leaves the women who backed the West’s cause in mortal danger.

We shouldn’t be under any illusions about Western intervention. But nor should we believe the Taliban’s vague promises about respecting women’s rights and allowing some girls to continue in school. Yet, when it comes to the Taliban, some Western activists clearly are deluded. They naively think that if they just ask nicely, the Taliban will be kind to Afghans and respectful to women and girls.

In the UK, the Stop the War coalition wants the British government to pay reparations to Afghanistan – in other words, to hand money over to the Taliban – in order to advance the rights of women. Yanis Varoufakis, meanwhile, has urged Afghan women to ‘Hang in there sisters!’. Nancy Pelosi has warned that ‘the Taliban must know the world is watching its actions’. And New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern has ‘implored’ Taliban leaders to uphold human rights. Listen to these people and you get the impression that the Taliban might be talked out of carrying out public floggings with a cup of tea and a chat.

Naivety might be cute in 10-year-olds, but it is terrifying in world leaders. That many feminists apparently cannot unambiguously condemn the Taliban and stand alongside Afghan women reveals the moral rot at the heart of Western culture.

Joanna Williams is a columnist at spiked and director of Cieo, where she recently published How Woke Conquered the World.

Dead Superpower Walking by Mark Steyn


The Fall of Kabul …and of America

Buffoon alert

The War on Terror began with men plunging to their deaths from the highest floors of skyscrapers hit by airplanes; it ended with men plunging to their deaths from the undercarriage of a US airplane taking off from what’s left of “Hamid Karzai International Airport” (the signs will be coming down even as you read this).

America is a global laughingstock right now, but that’s no reason not to give Chairman Xi and Putin and every up-country village headman in Helmand a few more yuks. Step forward, State Department spokeswanker Ned Price:

State Department calls for Taliban to include women in its government

The United States is dead as a global power because of this kind of indestructible stupidity. You’ve lost, you blew it, it’s over: The goatherds just decapitated you; could you at least have the self-respect not to run around like a headless chicken too stupid to know it’s nogginless? Or like a broken doll lying on its back with its mechanism jammed on the same simpleton phrases: “Diversity is our strength… diversity is our strength…”

Contrast the Washington presser with that in Kabul:

Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid says ‘We have defeated a great power.’

Hmm. Ned Price vs Zabiullah Mujahid: tough call. The mountain of non-existent dollar bills that the bloated husk of federal government blows through every minute surely should buy sufficient self-awareness to know that, whatever else it may be, this is not a day for wankery as usual. Even CNN has a more proximate relationship to reality. Here is their Kabul correspondent, Clarissa Ward, reporting on Sunday:

And here is the same Miss Ward reporting on Monday:

Gee, did anyone back at the anchor desk ask her what’s with the wardrobe switcheroo?

Just for the record, the Kingdom of Afghanistan introduced votes for women in 1964 – whereas Switzerland did not get even a very limited female franchise until 1971, and full suffrage not until the Nineties.

Yet, oddly, every Pushtun warlord prefers to keep his retirement account in Zurich.

Maybe, after taking twenty years to lose to goatherds with fertiliser, you State Department arses might have enough humility to recognize that that that big messy world is subtler than your one-size-fits-all clichés.

Wokeness is weakness, and diversity is where nations go to die. Contrast our spokesmen with theirs: in the White House, Jen Psaki picked the weekend to take a vacation, possibly to film her scenes in another hilariously viral Mr Non-Binary Goes To Washington video; at Foggy Bottom, Buffoon McStriped Pants III issued a stern warning on the need for the firebreathing mullahs to include more female deputy-assistant-undersecretaries; and, at the Potemtagon, Kabul Kirby stood there doing his usual anguished-eyebrows Saddy Sadcakes routine.

All these images project global impotence: none of these people would be a serious and prudent power’s projection of itself to the world.

Meanwhile, back at the palace in Kabul, the Taliban commander giving a victory speech is Gholam Ruhani, released from Gitmo (under Bush) because he said his “only wish” was to return to Afghanistan to (per the Department of Defense documents published, natch, in a London newspaper) “assist his father, who is sick, in operating the family appliance store in Kabul”.

I don’t know what appliances they sell at Ruhani & Son over at 237b Sword of the Infidel Slayer Street, but evidently they’re enough to take out the global superpower. On social media, the wags are having great sport with Joe Biden’s recent taunt that no American needs an AR-15, because, if you want to defeat the mighty US government, you’re gonna need fighter jets and nukes.

Well, the Taliban just took out Joe as Leader of the Free World with no nukes, no F-15s, just a big bunch of AR-15s.

But don’t worry, here’s the alleged Commander-in-Chief sitting in a figure-hugging golf-shirt in an empty room. Look at how big his desk is! He needs a desk that big to be briefed by multiple agencies on just how over his guy in Kabul is. Most great powers would only have one agency to brief him on how over he is, but a mighty superpower has multiple agencies and departments and bureaux to tell him how totally over things are.

Is the Buffoonocracy that runs the United States so out of it they seriously think that that image communicates strength and leadership?

Or, like all those “Afghan National Army” bombardiers with brothers in the Taliban, are Washington’s elites merely working for the other side?

As I said on Sunday, America’s telly pundits don’t appear quite to grasp the scale of this humiliation: The lefties are merely acting, serving as an unpersuasive palace guard for their guy in the Oval Office (and, as palace guards go, they’re rather more devoted than Kabul’s proved). The righties still can’t let go of the reflexive rah-rah deference to the dumbest military brass on the planet.

With respect to that, since Lower Manhattan and Kabul Airport are now the bookends of the dead superpower’s failed war, I am as sickened now as I was sickened then by the absence of honor and decency at the upper levels of the pseudo-republic. In my column six days after 9/11, I was so naïve I couldn’t understand why nobody had resigned:

Two days after the Argentine invasion of the Falklands in 1981, Lord Carrington, Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Sir Humphrey Atkins, the Lord Privy Seal, and Richard Luce, the Minister for Latin-American Affairs, all resigned. Lord Carrington felt ‘it was a matter of honour’ — they were the men charged with both guaranteeing the security of the Falklands and evaluating General Galtieri’s regime in Buenos Aires.

‘I was wrong in the assessment of what they were doing,’ said Carrington, ‘and therefore I am responsible’ – that word again. In interviews he reiterated the point:

‘There has been a British humiliation. I ought to take responsibility for it.’

Why is General Thoroughly Modern Milley still there? Other, that is, than to hang on long enough to extend his array of diversity ribbons down his chest, over his crotch, round his perineum and up his butt.

Why is the hack lobbyist who purports to be US Defense Secretary still there? Other, that is, than to continue modeling his Delta Variant-resistant plexi-visor for every American emissary to wear on runways, even when they’re not as non-socially-distanced as Kabul’s. Is the visor made by his old friends at Raytheon?

If you saw my long-form interview by Tucker Carlson yesterday, you’ll know he asked me about writing obituaries. And I replied that it was very difficult to do obits for people for whom you had total contempt; you had to have some basic human sympathy even for the most unlovely types. And yet, as the world dances on the grave of Washington’s “elites”, I cannot muster a jot or tittle of human connection with the likes of Milley and Austin, Kirby and Psaki and Biden: They will all die richer than you, and with half the citizenry convinced of their virtue.

Steyn Clubber Eric Dale from Iowa appended this somewhat mordant comment to my Sunday column:

Do you think there’s any chance of getting Taliban commanders to teach at West Point? It might be a nice change of pace for cadets to learn from someone who actually won a war.

We all laugh …but it’s actually a very fair point: Would you rather hear first-hand from a mullah about how they took out the hyperpower in a week? Or from a corrupt toad like Milley who can only express bewilderment at how showering billions on other corrupt toads from Herat to Jalalabad didn’t pan out?

A final thought in my capacity as a nineteenth-century imperialist a hundred years past his sell-by date: One of the first mistakes the new US occupiers made was not restoring the Kingdom of Afghanistan. Ahead of the 2002 loya jirga to select a new head of state, over eight hundred delegates announced that they wanted the old sovereign, Zahir Shah, returned to his throne as a constitutional monarch. That’s eight hundred out of 1,450 – so he would have won on the first ballot. Buffoon McStripedpants III from Foggy Bottom was not in favor of that, so the Yanks delayed the start of the loya jirga in order to lean on the King to back off. Washington wanted Karzai because he was the kind they can do business with – a corrupt grifter just like them. In the Muslim world, monarchy is one of the few (Saudi Arabia excepted) countervailing forces to Islam, and indeed had been in Afghanistan. But it didn’t fit Yank plans, so it fell to the American “observer” to announce to the natives that, sorry, but the King isn’t a candidate.

Tourists in the heart of darkness, tipping the locals with thousand-dollar-bills and marveling at how friendly they are.

As I said on Tucker last night, western civilization is sliding off the cliff, and most people in the western world aren’t even aware of that. Qanta Ahmed has this poignant vignette in The Spectator:

I was in Cairo in the days after a 2017 Palm Sunday terrorist attack in Alexandria on Coptic Christians that had emptied Egypt of tourists. On my flight down to Aswan, I noticed that I was the only non-Chinese passenger. One informed me she was a hydroelectric engineer travelling to study the Aswan Dam with her colleagues. My Egyptian guide wryly informed me later in Egypt the Chinese are known as the ‘conquerors’ — he meant of all Africa.

No “shock-and-awe”, just steely unyielding strategic purpose.

https://www.steynonline.com/11605/dead-superpower-walking?fbclid=IwAR1MkZ1G5GURW4SVQqLRE-JIDnLAm0vC-vptL4UeZNqnjcGDXe0CLg97IZ0

This Afghanistan vet just blew up MSNBC’s entire Biden-simping Afghanistan narrative LIVE ON AIR. What a glorious takedown. Watch this.

https://notthebee.com/article/this-afghanistan-bet-just-went-nuclear-on-msnbc-live-on-air-and-its-a-must-watch?fbclid=IwAR1xzYVUMuaME6Q7vPnNUH62wbxVYqVZ3oqgnYhhwNPxUM2fE44ZREE-hs0

New Zealand to go into national lockdown over one Covid case

PM Jacinda Ardern warns this is ‘only chance’ to stop spread of suspected Delta variant

Tess McClure@tessairini

Tue 17 Aug 2021 09.40 BST

New Zealand will go into a national lockdown on Tuesday night, after detecting one case of Covid-19.

The entire country will be at alert level 4 – the highest level of lockdown – for at least three days from midnight, and the regions of Auckland and Coromandel for four to seven days.

New Zealand has not had a level 4 lockdown in more than a year, and the case is believed to be the first Delta in-community transmission.

The prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, said: “Delta has been called a gamechanger, and it is. It means we need to again go hard and early to stop the spread. We have seen what can happen elsewhere if we fail to get on top of it. We only get one chance.”

Under level 4, all New Zealanders are asked to shelter in place in a “bubble” that only includes their immediate household or dependents. They can only leave the house to buy food or medical supplies, to access medical care or for socially distanced exercise.

Ardern said New Zealand would not know if the case was Delta until its genome was sequenced – but that the government would be working under that assumption until informed otherwise. Data released by the Ministry of Health on Monday showed 100% of Covid-19 cases detected at New Zealand’s border in recent weeks had been Delta.

“With Delta raging around the world … it was not a matter of if, but when. As it is, we are one of the last countries in the world to have the Delta variant in our community, so we have had the chance to learn from others,” she said.

“We’ve seen the dire consequences of taking too long to act in other countries, not least our neighbours,” she said, referring to the outbreak in Australia, which the country has struggled to bring under control.

Health officials have not yet been able to establish any connection between this case and the country’s border facilities. The case in question is a 58-year-old man from Devonport, Auckland. He was tested on Saturday the 14th, so the infectious period was considered to have started on Thursday 12th. He and his wife traveled to the Coromandel region on Friday, then returned to Auckland on the 15th. So far, the Ministry of Health has identified 23 locations of interest – 13 in and around Coromandel and 10 in Auckland.

The country’s director of health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, said the case was “a national issue”. “Because we cannot link the case to the border at this point, it is possible there are other cases around Auckland and other possible chains of transmission – people from around the country will have travelled to Auckland, and back to other parts of New Zealand.

“It requires us all to be part of the response, and hard work from everyone across the country will help us get on top of this outbreak.”

Ardern made her customary exhortation to New Zealanders to “be kind” and protect their communities. “I know that one of the worst things about Covid-19 is the absolute uncertainty that it creates. But we know more now than we did a year ago. We know that the strategy works. We know that we are a strong team of 5 million. And we know that life will get easier. We just need to keep going.”

Most New Zealanders are still not vaccinated. As of this week, about 22% of the 16+ population were fully vaccinated. The country’s vaccine rollout was initially slowed down by constraints on supply, but it is expecting to vaccinate all of its willing population by the end of the year. Vaccination will be open to all adults from the start of September.

New Zealand does not have a compulsory mask mandate, but Ardern and health officials urged people to wear a mask whenever they left the house.

The epidemiologist and public health professor Michael Baker urged New Zealanders to wear masks, especially in indoor environments such as supermarkets and pharmacies.

He pointed to the recent case of transmission in a quarantine hotel, where the Delta variant was transmitted from an infected person in one room to another three people across the hall, with the doors only open for three to five seconds.

“It’s this idea of fleeting contact, or how the virus aerosol can waft through the air across the corridor from one room to another. People have to have that in mind now, in any indoor environment that you’re in – if there’s other people in it, they could be firing out these aerosols by simply breathing, talking, laughing … they don’t even have to have any symptoms.

“Everyone in Auckland now should be wearing masks in all indoor environments where they’re with other people immediately,” Baker said.

Baker said it was unlikely that the case would be directly connected to the border without intermediary cases.

“The other scenario – which I think is more likely – is a much tougher one,” he said. “Where this case appeared from an unknown source, which means that there must be other cases out in the community which haven’t been identified … That means there have been infectious people in the community, potentially for several days, and you don’t know how widespread the outbreak is.”

He likened that possibility to an iceberg: “You can see the tip, but you don’t yet know how big the base is.”

The government has also outlined a series of financial support packages that cover wages for businesses closed by the order, and pay for those who are unable to work if they experience symptoms, or have to self-isolate. The minister of finance, Grant Robertson, said: “We know from our recent experience that the best economic response continues to be a strong health response.”

After the case was announced on Tuesday afternoon, local media documented long queues and crowded supermarkets as some people rushed to buy supplies. Officials urged against panic buying, saying supermarkets remained open at all alert levels. The government has also asked that people continue scanning QR codes to assist with content tracing, practice hand hygiene, stay at home if ill, and call a doctor or healthline about getting tested.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/aug/17/new-zealand-to-go-into-national-lockdown-over-one-covid-case

Biden’s speech on Afghanistan was a craven attempt to put a positive spin on moral cowardice.

Joe Biden and the American malaise

Biden’s speech on Afghanistan was a craven attempt to put a positive spin on moral cowardice.

BRENDAN O’NEILL
EDITOR

17th August 2021

Joe Biden and the American malaise

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If you want to see how hollowed-out America has become in the 21st century, you could do worse than listen to the speech Joe Biden made about Afghanistan yesterday. This will surely be viewed by future generations as one of the key documents of America’s modern malaise, as a blistering if unwitting insight into America’s retreat into the cults of safeyism, isolationism and fear. It was an extraordinary speech, though not for the reasons its naive cheerleaders in the anti-war movement claim. It was not a principled statement of America’s intention to wind down its regime-change wars, as they fantasise. Rather, it was a declaration of moral retreat, even of moral cowardice, cynically disguised as a clever act of political pragmatism.

It was remarkable to hear an American president speak like this. Following 20 years of American involvement in Afghanistan, trillions of dollars spent on so-called ‘nation-building’, and the creation of a new Afghan government and military that collapsed like a house of cards the minute the Taliban arrived in Kabul, Biden essentially said it’s time to give up. This fight isn’t worth it anymore, he insisted. ‘How many American lives is it worth?’, he asked. He was appealing, not to the principled belief that it is not for the United States to determine the affairs of other nations, but rather to people’s feelings of moral exhaustion, to the weariness felt by sections of the media elite in particular towards any kind of firm action on the global stage. His call was not to an anti-war movement putting pressure on Washington to take its hands off Afghanistan – there has never been any such movement in relation to the Afghan venture – but rather to the moral fatigue of the elites, to their faint-hearted preference for isolation from the world’s more intractable problems.

This is why Biden emphasised the apparently unacceptable toll that has been inflicted on American soldiers. ‘How many more generations of America’s daughters and sons would you have me send to fight Afghanistan’s civil war…? How many endless rows of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery?’ He was seeking to marshal the fear and defeatism of the new establishment, of the contemporary formers of elite consensus who prefer ‘safe spaces’ to risky missions and home comforts to wracking their minds over foreign calamities. He was calling, not for a big, national discussion of what America’s role in the world should be, and whether it should really include intervening in countries like Afghanistan, but rather for America to make good on its culture of fear and trepidation by staying home and never putting Our Boys in harm’s way

His target was not Americans’ willingness to think seriously about missions like the Afghan one and how it went so terribly wrong – it was Americans’ sense of revulsion towards the ideas of sacrifice and death, their dislike of the images of flag-covered coffins coming back from faraway countries. ‘Isn’t it terrible when our soldiers die? Shouldn’t we stop doing that?’ – that is essentially what he was saying. The problem with this appeal to the contemporary turn against taking risks and making sacrifices is twofold. First, it utterly undermines the sacrifices already made by American military forces: 2,300 dead. Was that not worth it, Mr Biden? Will you tell their families that? And secondly, it grates against the virtues of courage and valour that may very well be required in the future, possibly in a mission that makes more sense than the Afghan one. Appealing to the decadent bourgeoisie’s gated-community instincts is a recipe for disaster in a nation that will sometimes need to fight for its people and its values.

Biden is also being praised for calling out the notion of ‘nation-building’. The Afghan mission was ‘never supposed to have been [about] nation-building’, he said. The mission should have been ‘narrowly focused on counter-terrorism, not counterinsurgency or nation-building’, he continued. Oh, now they tell us. The cheering of Biden for these comments, for apparently stating out loud that the US will stop trying to create new regimes in distant countries, is breathtakingly naive. It lets Biden and the rest of the American establishment off the hook for their dishonest insistence that America had successfully built a new nation in Afghanistan. As recently as last month Biden was saying it was ‘highly unlikely’ that the Taliban would take control of Afghanistan because, as Vanity Fair summed it up, ‘the US had prepared government forces in the country’.

Biden went along with the transparently ridiculous myth that the US had helped to create a coherent government in Afghanistan, yet now he is praised for saying ‘nation-building’ is bullshit. Imagine if Trump had switched in the space of a few weeks from saying ‘The New Afghanistan can handle the Taliban’ to saying ‘It was always a mistake to think we could have created a new government in that country, so let’s now leave them to it’. The media would have not let up, not for a minute. Biden, however, gets a free pass. He can praise the new Afghan government and then weeks later laugh at the very idea of America building such governments, and the social-media crowd just laps it up.

It is a grave error for anti-war people to mistake the isolationism of the new elites for a positive objection to Western interference in other states’ affairs, far less for a declaration of respect for the principle of national sovereignty. In truth, this desire to cut America off from the world and its problems is motored more by fear and the low goal of self-protection than by any meaningful or energetic engagement with the debates on sovereignty, intervention and the problem of global radical Islam. In a sense, the laptop bombardiers who are always calling for more wars and the isolationists who just want everyone to stay at home share something in common – they never want to put themselves in harm’s way; they never want to take a risk for their beliefs. The laptop bombardiers want others to do it for them; the isolationists want nobody to do it, ever.

Wars are often a terrible mistake. The post-9/11 wars, as spiked has argued for 20 years, have led to many grave problems around the world. But the idea that war is never worth it is a problem too, and arguably a larger problem right now. As John Stuart Mill once said, ‘War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse.’ As of yesterday, we finally know what President Biden stands for – that decayed and degraded state that says let’s never take a risk for what we believe is right.

Brendan O’Neill is editor of spiked and host of the spiked podcast, The Brendan O’Neill Show. Subscribe to the podcast here. And find Brendan on Instagram: @burntoakboy

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