News, December 3rd

99-year-old Croatian woman beats Covid-19

ZAGREB: A 99-year-old Croatian woman gave the thumbs up on Thursday after she successfully beat the new coronavirus.

Margareta Kranjcec, who lives in an old people’s home in the central city of Karlovac, was hospitalised in late October after testing positive for Covid-19 but released three weeks later.

“It’s over, I feel fine now,” the Vecernji List newspaper quoted Kranjcec as saying.

Kranjcec is bedridden due to her age and fragility but has no serious health conditions.

She was among several residents who tested positive for the virus, although she was asymptomatic, the home’s director Stefica Ljubic Mlinac said.

“With her fragility and old age it is really amazing how the coronavirus did not do her any harm,” Ljubic Mlinac told AFP.

“It’s such nice news” amid the gloom of the pandemic, she added.

Croatia, a country of 4.2 million people, has registered nearly 140,000 Covid-19 infections with nearly 2,000 deaths. – AFP

Biden Says He Will Return to Iran Nuclear Deal

Despite the tensions between the US and Iran and last week’s assassination of an Iranian scientist, Joe Biden said he plans to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Biden made the comments in an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman that was published on Wednesday. Friedman asked Biden if he stood by the views of an op-ed he penned in September, where the former vice president said he would work with Iran to return to the JCPOA. “It’s going to be hard, but yeah,” Biden answered.

The former vice president said he favors an immediate return to the JCPOA and then a follow-on deal that addresses Iran’s ballistic missiles program. Biden hopes the second deal could involve Saudi Arabia and the UAE. He said, “the best way to achieve getting some stability in the region” is to deal “with the nuclear program.”

There are a lot of forces at work to scuttle Biden’s efforts to return to the JCPOA. Even leading Democrats in Congress have said he should pursue a tougher deal. But Iran’s leadership has made it clear they are not negotiating with the US until they receive sanctions relief.

Both Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif have recently said that Iran can immediately come into compliance with the JCPOA if the US lifts sanctions.

Despite it being the subject of his previous column, Friedman failed to ask Biden about the brazen assassination of Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who was killed in an apparent Israeli plot.

Israel is working hard to kill the JCPOA, and reports say President Trump has left Iran policy in the hands of his most hawkish advisors for the final days of his administration.

Last week, President Trump’s point man for Iran, Elliot Abrams, said the US will sanction Iran every week “until the end” of the administration. Abrams said it would be “foolish” for Biden to lift the sanctions.

Cardiologist says 40% of heart patients avoiding essential care during COVID-19 pandemic

As many as 40% of patients experiencing heart problems such as heart attacks aren’t coming to the hospital or calling EMS services due to fear of COVID-19 transmission at the hospital, a Monument Health doctor said Thursday.

“Unfortunately, we’ve been seeing a lot of patients come to the hospital sort of late in the course of their disease, particularly people with heart attacks or strokes who are scared to come to the hospital,” Dr. Joseph Tuma said. “By the time they get here, a lot of them have sustained a lot of damage already. The main message I want to get across is that the hospital is safe.”

Tuma, the Monument Health Heart and Vascular medical director and an interventional cardiologist, said it’s important for patients to continue to see their physician to maintain their health during the pandemic.

“The phrase we use is ‘time is muscle, and time is brain,’” Tuma said. “The quicker people get here, the more chance we have to provide them with a good outcome in the setting of a heart attack or stroke.”

Some patients experiencing heart attacks have delayed care for as long as two days into their symptoms, he said.

“Those people are staying at home and trying any remedy they can think of to try to help their chest pain,” Tuma said. “At that point, there’s little we can do to save the muscle that’s already been damaged.”

Tuma said there’s a “spectrum of presentation” with heart attacks but that the public should know the “classic presentation” of an acute heart attack is sudden, severe pressure in the middle of the chest. It can range from mild to moderate pain to a severe, intolerable pain.

People can also experience those symptoms “coming and going for several days” until they feel a pain that starts to hang around, Tuma said, but the message is that if patients experience any new chest pain, pressure, heaviness or tightness that won’t go away, they should seek emergency medical care.

Tuma said it’s important to call EMS as opposed to asking someone to drive them to the hospital because EMS providers can assess a patient’s symptoms quicker and use a defibrillator if needed.

“If you don’t have a defibrillator right there, that usually is a fatal event,” Tuma said. “It’s always better to call EMS.”

In March, some patients stopped going to appointments or delayed cardiac care due to anxiety and concerns about COVID-19. Tuma said patients should keep appointments and understand that safety measures are in place.

COVID-19 patients are “almost always separated immediately upon arrival” to the hospital, Tuma said, and “I would reassure patients we have a strict mask mandate at the hospital.”

When asked about what effects COVID-19 can have on the heart and cardiovascular system, Tuma said he’s seen both the direct effects — a viral myocarditis, which is the inflammation of the middle layer of the heart wall, usually caused by a viral infection — or indirect effects, such as the systemic inflammation that coronavirus causes.

Anyone with inflammation is prone to plaque rupture, which can lead to a heart attack, Tuma said. He’s seen several cases over the last few weeks where COVID-19 patients have formed blood clots in their heart, brain or legs due to lack of blood flow.

Something unique to COVID-19 is that doctors sometimes can’t find the source of these blood clots, Tuma said, adding that they can be more “spontaneous.”

In general, Tuma said once people have recovered from the acute phase of COVID-19, they’re very low-risk for cardiac and vascular events unless they have pre-existing conditions.

COVID-19 recovery, focus of UN General Assembly special session

Nations united on Thursday for a special session of the UN General Assembly to survey the wreckage of the COVID-19 pandemic, reflect on the best response, and forge a path to better days ahead.

“Today marks an overdue and much needed moment of reckoning. None of us could have imagined, this time last year, what was to come”, said Assembly President Volkan Bozkir, speaking at the opening of the two-day gathering.

“The world is looking to the UN for leadership, to step up and take demonstrable action to address the greatest challenge our world is facing today. This crisis compels us to shake up how things are done, to be bold, and to restore confidence and trust in the United Nations.”

COVID-19 is first and foremost, a health crisis. Nearly 64 million cases have been recorded as of Thursday, including more than 1.4 million deaths, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO).

While disrupting lives, the pandemic has also decimated livelihoods. With the global economy in decline and millions of jobs lost, extreme poverty is expected to rise and global efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are at risk.

Although the entire planet is facing this common threat, UN Secretary-General António Guterres pointed out that it is the most vulnerable, such as the poor, older people, and women and girls, who have been hit hardest.

However, he said some of this fallout is not due to the pandemic alone, but the result of long-standing fragilities, inequalities and injustices which the crisis has only exposed.

“It is time to reset”, said the UN chief. “As we build a strong recovery, we must seize the opportunity for change.”

Since the pandemic was declared in March, the UN system has been supporting countries in averting its worst impacts while also working to promote a strong recovery, including through delivering medical equipment and supplies to more than 170 nations.

“I have repeatedly called for a COVID-19 vaccine to be a global public good available to everyone, everywhere”, said the Secretary-General. However, he added that a global mechanism which would make this possible remains underfunded.

Equitable access to vaccines is integral to effective pandemic response, said Azerbaijan’s President, Ilham Aliyev, speaking on behalf of the 120 countries of the Non-Aligned Movement.

“As many vaccines against COVID-19 are being currently studied, we are all looking forward to the successful outcome of clinical trials and hope that a safe and effective vaccine will soon be available, and that they will be considered as global public goods ensuring their universal distribution at affordable prices for all”, President Aliyev said in a pre-recorded video message.

Beyond health, the Secretary-General has also appealed for a global ceasefire during the pandemic, while also calling for peace within the home, to counter the rise of violence against women and girls.

Support to developing countries is another key area for response. The President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Munir Akram, reported that more than 60 of these nations need “urgent financial help”, while five countries have defaulted on their debt payments.

“If there is an economic collapse or a humanitarian disaster in the developing countries, it will halt a global economic recovery, and the achievement of the SDGs will turn into a chimera”, he warned.

Looking beyond the pandemic, the Secretary-General said recovery must address the pre-existing conditions it has exposed and exploited. “We cannot bequeath a broken planet and huge debts to future generations. The money we spend on recovery must go into building a greener, fairer future”, he said.

Mr. Bozkir, the General Assembly President, expressed the feelings of millions worldwide, dreaming of the day the pandemic is declared over. “The day we can take a deep breath of fresh air without fear. The day we can shake the hands of our colleagues, embrace our families, and laugh with our friends.”

Readers can find information and guidance on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) from the UN, World Health Organization and UN agencies here.

Nine months into the crisis, he acknowledged that it would be easy to feel frustrated, but the veteran diplomat urged people everywhere not to be deterred.

“The UN is working for you. We are united, for you,” he said. “Stay strong. There are brighter days ahead.”

Delegates to ethnic minority congress pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh

NDO/VNA – A delegation to the second National Congress of Vietnamese Ethnic Minorities led by Politburo member and permanent National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong offered incense at the Monument to Heroic Martyrs in Bac Son street, Hanoi and paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his Mausoleum on December 3.

They expressed their profound gratitude to the beloved leader of the nation, an eminent teacher of the Vietnamese revolution and a national liberation hero. He dedicated his whole life to national independence and freedom and well-being of the people.

The same day, permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh also led a delegation to offer incense to Hung Kings at their temple in the northern province of Phu Tho.

They also planted trees at the intersection of Gieng temple and offered incense at a temple dedicated to Lac Long Quan.

Some 1,600 delegates and 300 guests are attending the congress in Hanoi from December 2 to 4.

The congress is reviewing the achievements and outcomes of policies for ethnic minorities over the last decade, to learn from experience and compile plans and goals for the next 10 years.

It also provides a forum for ethnic minority groups to meet and share experience and to consolidate their trust and consensus under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

The first congress was held in 2010, attracting nearly 1,700 delegates.

Emboldened moderates force progress in stalled Covid talks

The Problem Solvers may have actually solved something. For once.

Fed up by months of inaction over coronavirus relief, House and Senate centrists are showing newfound force and influence, bucking their leadership this week in the hopes of finally clinching a stimulus deal.

Moderates’ surprise $908 billion stimulus proposal appears to have jump-started long-stalled negotiations. On Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell held a rare call to discuss their “shared commitment” to a stimulus package and year-end government funding deal. Just before that, McConnell held a closed-door meeting with a group of Republican moderates — Sens. Susan Collins of Maine), Mitt Romney of Utah), Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. Even President Donald Trump seems to have a renewed interest in a deal.

“Congress is filled with lots of great actors. It is devoid of action,” said moderate Rep. Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), a member of the Problems Solvers Caucus who has been involved in the bipartisan discussions. “There’s a massive disconnect between those who have been elected to leadership in our respective chambers and caucuses and between the rank-and-file members.”

The odds of passing a new tranche of relief are still daunting. Yet the outcome of the long-shot effort could offer a key glimpse into what Washington will look like with Joe Biden in the White House.

With razor-thin majorities in both the House and Senate and party divisions sharper than ever, moderates will be key to whether Biden accomplishes anything meaningful during his tenure. And their moves this week suggest they’re finally ready to push their leadership to the table.

“This model of how we’re working together, to me, is exactly the model to get things done in the next Congress,” said Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus.

McConnell has continued pushing a smaller Republican-preferred “targeted” relief bill, even amid the bipartisan progress. But some in the GOP say his position might not be sustainable.

“We had a real breakthrough,” said Collins, who met with McConnell and other centrist Republicans Thursday. “I was surprised to have the leader dismiss it so quickly. And I’m disappointed in that. I hope he will [come around]. We need to get 60 votes to pass something in the Senate. And I don’t see his proposal garnering 60 votes.”

Others were not so optimistic: “I’m not prepared to say that’s something that I think is a 60/40 chance in the next two weeks is the new MO for Congress the next two years,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii). But he said the looming Georgia runoffs, which will determine control of the Senate, could be weighing on Republican leaders as they deliberate whether to move forward with the bipartisan framework.

The jolt toward a possible compromise continued Thursday, with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) leaving a meeting with Trump at the White House on Thursday afternoon declaring he’s “never been more hopeful that we’ll get a bill,” though he said the policy differences remain.

“I don’t know whether the Senate will pass our bill exactly as we negotiated it, or whether it will be used cafeteria-style with portions picked by [leaders] in putting together the omnibus bill. But it’s pretty clear to me there’s growing support in our caucus and apparently the Democratic Caucus behind our bill,” Romney added in an interview.

Many of the rank-and-file members who helped revive talks had been growing more furious by the day as a stimulus deal slipped past August, and then again in September and October. Meanwhile, coronavirus cases flooded hospitals in dozens of states and battered the economy. Congress, too, saw its own cluster of cases, offering further urgency for lawmakers to reach a deal swiftly and avoid the Capitol complex.

The outrage became so acute that some members, including Phillips, called their own meetings with their leadership to urge action. Senators like Collins and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), one of the lead sponsors of the bipartisan bill, spent much of Thanksgiving break on Zoom calls, working to create a tangible solution. And many on Capitol Hill acknowledged that attempts to reach a compromise at the highest levels had failed.

“I’ve been very, very frustrated with this whole process. And I would like to see this be the new model,” said Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.), a centrist freshman. “We’ve just been on a treadmill … the slowest treadmill I’ve ever been on in my life.”

“Carrying on like we’ve done for half a year, while people are struggling, while people are literally dying because of a lack of inaction in many ways, that’s a fault of government,” added Rep. Cindy Axne (D-Iowa).

The first signs of life in coronavirus negotiations since before the election came after lawmakers returned to Washington this week. Shortly after the bipartisan group unveiled their $908 billion proposal, top Democrats surprised even their own members as they signaled a willingness to support a bill when they had long been adamant about approving a $2 trillion deal.

“It is quite clear across the board — not just on this — people have to be willing to come out from their corners in the ring, otherwise we’re going to have this kind of stalemate,” Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said, calling on Republicans, too, to compromise.

Members of both parties insist they can’t leave town for the holidays before passing some kind of stimulus measure, though both chambers have repeatedly departed for lengthy recesses without delivering aid. And, as several lawmakers and aides have pointed out, actually settling on the legislative language for any kind of relief package remains a huge hurdle.

Still, some top House Democrats are reluctant to keep members in the Capitol for any more days during the pandemic, arguing that it’s not worth the health risk if their Senate counterparts are still refusing to budge.

“My recommendation will be if we can’t get a deal, we will have to send members home,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters Thursday, adding that members will come back immediately if and when there is a deal ready for a floor vote.

But not everyone in D.C. is going to find that acceptable.

“I think it’s wrong. And I’d like to think every Democrat and Republican would refuse to go home, leaving people in the lurch and losing all their lifelines at the end of December,” Manchin said.

Iran to increase nuclear production, prohibit inspectors from US if sanctions not lifted: reports

Less than a week after Iran’s leading nuclear scientist was assassinated on the outskirts of Tehran, the Iranian parliament has voted to increase its uranium enrichment levels and stop International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors from examining facilities if the next U.S. administration declines to lift hefty U.S. banking and oil sanctions by February.

Despite objections from President Hassan Rouhani, who expressed concern over diplomatic damages, the new legislation was ratified by the parliament on Wednesday, according to reports, thus paving the way for Iran to augment its uranium arsenal to levels prior to the 2015 deal.

“The criminal enemy will not feel remorse unless we show a fierce reaction,” Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf, speaker of Iran’s Parliament and a former commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps touted against a chorus of “death to America” and “death to Israel” chants among the lawmakers.

The Iranian economy has crumbled under the weight of increasing economic sanctions, which the Trump administration has continued to impose since withdrawing from the 2015 JCPOA more than two years ago.

In contrast, President-elect Joe Biden, while on the campaign trail, advocated for a return to the Obama-era agreement in which the Islamic Republic agreed not to resume its nuclear weapons program – which was suspended in 2003 amid international remove – in exchange for the lifting of several sanctions and a return of frozen funds.

Multiple experts and analysts project that Iran will hold off on any large-scale or immediate retaliation in response to the scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s slaying last Friday, in the hopes of reinvigorating better relations with the Biden White House.

But it remains to be seen what approach the Democratic-led executive branch will take.

Iran has long vowed that it maintains a nuclear program for non weapons- related purposes, but there have been increasing red flags in recent years as to its exact agenda.

According to the most recent Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) analysis of the IAEA Iran Verification and Monitoring Report, released in November, Iran’s low enriched uranium (LEU) stock now exceeds by 12-fold the limit set in the JCPOA.

“As of November 2, 2020, Iran had a stockpile of about 3613.8 kilograms (kg) of LEU (hexafluoride mass), all enriched below 5 percent, or the equivalent of 2442.9 kg (uranium mass),” the review stated, highlighting that over the period August-November, “Iran’s estimated breakout time as of early November 2020 is as short as 3.5 months.”

The theoretical “breakout” time is an estimate of how long one would need to procure enough weapons-grade uranium to produce a bomb.

“Iran now has sufficient low enriched uranium to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a second nuclear weapon, where the second one could be produced more quickly than the first,” the ISIS analysis authored by David Albright, Sarah Burkhard and Andrea Stricker continued. “Iran would require, in total, as little as 5.5 to 6 months to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for two nuclear weapons.”

It would likely require a year or more to weaponize that fissile material for a nuclear device, Stricker — also a research fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) — told Fox News this week.

AEA probes this year have also found “undeclared materials and activities at two sites in Iran” — the Tehran pilot uranium conversion plant and the Marivan site, which were part of Iran’s nuclear weapons program in the early 2000s.

It is what former CIA Chief of Station Daniel Hoffman calls “nuclear blackmail.”

“Basically, the Iranians are saying that we will let you in (for now), but if we don’t get what we want, we can kick you out again,” he surmised.

But if Iran does indeed go through with banning such inspections next year, some analysts contend that propels security interests into an even darker place.

“Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium is now twelve times more than what is allowed under the nuclear deal, but fortunately, the U.N.’s atomic inspectors continue to have access to Iran’s nuclear facilities,” said Samuel Hickey, a research analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, who noted that the decision ultimately rests on the top brass. “The reason we know exactly what is going on is because those inspectors are on the ground and in the room.”

So if Iran does boot out the U.N.’s atomic inspectors, he continued, the nuclear deal will effectively be dead.

“However, that is a decision that falls to the Supreme Leader, not the parliamentarians,” Hickey added.

Pets played life saving role during COVID pandemic: Study

In the absence of human-to-human contact, in millions of households worldwide, animals or pets have provided much-needed comfort via cuddles, pats and a constant physical presence, say researchers.

The study, published in the Journal of Behavioural Economics for Policy (JBEP) outlined how pets have a crucial role to play in an era where human-human contact can be life endangering.

According to the researchers, physical touch is a sense that has been taken for granted – even overlooked – until Covid-19 visited our door earlier this year.

“To fill the void of loneliness and provide a buffer against stress, there has been a global upsurge in people adopting dogs and cats from animal shelters during lockdowns,” said study author Janette Young from the University of South Australia.

“Breeders have also been inundated, with demands for puppies quadrupling some waiting lists,” Young added.

Spending on pets was already hitting record levels, topping $13 billion in Australia and in the region of US $260 billion globally in 2020, but this is bound to be surpassed.

It is estimated that more than half the global population share their lives with one or more pets. The health benefits have been widely reported, but little data exists regarding the specific benefits that pets bring to humans in terms of touch.

“Pets seem to be particularly important when people are socially isolated or excluded, providing comfort, companionship and a sense of self-worth,” Young said.

Touch is an understudied sense, but existing evidence indicates it is crucial for growth, development and health, as well as reducing the levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body.

It is also thought that touch may be particularly important for older people as other senses decline.

In interviews with 32 people, more than 90 per cent said touching their pets both comforted and relaxed them – and the pets seemed to need it as well.

Examples of dogs and cats touching their owners when the latter were distressed, sad, or traumatised were cited.

“The feedback we received was that pets themselves seem to get just as much pleasure from the tactile interaction as humans,” Young said.

Not just dogs and cats either. Interviewees mentioned birds, sheep, horses and even reptiles who reciprocate touch.

“In the era of COVID-19, social distancing, sudden lockdowns and societal upheaval, our pets may be the only living beings that many people are able to touch and draw comfort from,” the authors wrote.

US turns back wheel of history with ETIM whitewash

On Nov 6, the US Federal Register website published a decision by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to openly revoke the designation of the “East Turkestan Islamic Movement” as a terrorist organization, which caused a public outcry. As we all know, the ETIM is a terrorist organization that has perpetrated a large number of separatist and violent incidents in and outside China, causing huge casualties and property losses. It is a global public enemy that has been listed in the 1267 Committee of the UN Security Council. Combating the ETIM is the consensus of the member states of the United Nations. As a victim of terrorism and co-sponsor of the ETIM’s listing in the UN 1267 Committee, the United States has flip-flopped on the designation of ETIM as a terrorist organization and gone further to whitewash its crimes, once again exposing the US government’s double standards on counter-terrorism and its repulsive practice of condoning terrorist groups as it sees fit.

In response to a reporter’s question on why the US withdrew its designation of the ETIM, a US State Department spokesperson claimed there has been no credible evidence of the ETIM’s continued existence for more than a decade.

Is the ETIM really no longer active? In recent years, the ETIM was still operating in places such as Afghanistan and Syria, spreading violent ideas under the cloak of religion, releasing disturbing audio and video through the internet, sharing methods of committing terrorist attacks, and inciting, planning and implementing a series of terrorist incidents, posing serious threats to the security and stability of China and other countries and regions. The cases in China have been directly related to the audio and video released by the ETIM. In 2016, members of the ETIM and other terrorist groups jointly carried out a car bomb attack on the Chinese Embassy in Kyrgyzstan. How could the US turn a blind eye to these ironclad facts?

Has the US forgotten that it had struck the ETIM itself in recent years? In 2009, the US Treasury Department announced financial sanctions against Abdul Haq, leader of the ETIM, as it provided support to Al-Qaeda. “Abdul Haq attempted to conduct terrorist attacks during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and today we must stand with the world in condemning this barbaric act of terrorism and isolating him in the international financial system,” said Stuart Levey, the Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. In 2010, a CIA-operated drone launched a missile strike on a car in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region, killing several ETIM militants. In 2018, the US-led NATO coalition attacked a training camp for ETIM militants in northern Afghanistan, believing it had carried out attacks inside and outside China, and two members of the group were also linked to a planned terrorist attack on the US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan in 2002.

I believe this is not because the US government is “forgetful”. The reasons behind this are self-evident. With the concerted efforts of the international community, major international terrorist organizations have been broken up. In recent years, there have been no large-scale terrorist attacks in the United States, but terrorism is still a major threat that cannot be ignored by the international community. Today, the US unilaterally denies the nature of the ETIM as a terrorist organization, which is a typical practice of bending the rules as it sees fit. In fact, the US treats terrorism as tools for containing other countries, and its true motive of “containing China” is plain to see.

In fact, the United States is not only capricious on the issue of the designation of the ETIM, it also adopts double standards in other countries. It immediately identifies acts, individuals or entities that threaten its own security as terrorism. But it has plenty of excuses for those terrorist organizations or individuals that threaten its rivals and unfriendly countries. More than that, it secretly communicates with them and even openly defends them under the pretext of “democracy” and “human rights”.

Many media reported the United States has taken a conniving attitude toward the terrorist Posada Carriles, who had participated in the bombing of the Cuban civil aviation airliner, the bombing of a tourist hotel in Havana and an assassination attempt on the country’s late leader Fidel Castro. Although he was smuggled into the United States in 2005 and applied for political asylum, the US denied knowing his whereabouts.

Russia has repeatedly exposed and criticized the NGO “White Helmets” as a terrorist organization formed by militants, engaging in acts such as filming fictitious news, abusing aid and organ trafficking. Although reports have shown the “White Helmets” had kidnapped 44 children for the transportation of chemical weapons and fabricated, directed and performed the video “Hospital After Attacked by Chemical Weapons” in Douma, which was used to frame Syrian government forces for launching a chemical weapon to attack the civilians, the US still turned a deaf ear, vigorously supporting the “White Helmets” and giving them $4.5 million under the Trump administration. How does the US government define terrorists and partners? The standard is completely self-serving. Terrorist organizations, as long as they are useful for geopolitical goals, will be supported and treated as useful tools for the United States.

US anti-terrorism logic fully embodies its own hypocrisy. The United States has long been unpopular in dealing with counter-terrorism issues with a major-power rivalry mindset, and its hegemonic behavior has attracted widespread criticism. Terrorism is terrorism. All forms and manifestations of terrorism should be criticized and combated by the international community. Whitewashing terrorism is tantamount to playing with fire, and those who play with fire will get burned. I advise the United States not to stand on the opposite side of international justice and fairness, and not to turn back the wheel of history.

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