Could the age of globalization become that of pandemics? Of course yes. As a financial collapse in a node of the system infects the whole in infinitely faster times than in the past, like a war, a famine, a crisis they move whole peoples who press on increasingly virtual borders, the same is inevitable to happen for infectious diseases.
Nature stepmother therefore? No, cultural and political blindness. Had we not been “warned” of the financial trauma that has halted the economic and social development of the West since 2007-2008? Did it take a great deal of imagination to understand that the way we intervened in Iraq, Syria, Libya would have, if not generated, certainly multiplied the desperate migratory flows of these years? Is it different now for coronavirus? Until a certain point.
The World Health Organization (Who – who is it? Who knows you in the palaces of power?) Has raised the alarm for many years. The radical changes of the environment, deforestation, intensive farming, the massive use of antibiotics for animals (with consequent resistance to the antibiotic in humans), the illegal trade in live fauna as well as meat or parts of animals, they constitute a series of precisely documented causes for the emergence of very serious pandemics.
In a 2018 Who meeting, the explosion of an Epidemic X exactly with the characteristics (and it seems also the genesis) of the coronavirus had been predicted. Evola, Sars, Mers had taught nothing. The staphylococcus aureus had killed 7,000 in Europe in 2015; 33,000 people lost their lives in the same year from treatment-resistant infections. When they find an infection in one farm in China or Korea, they only know how to take mass animals, hunt them in a pit and burn them alive. See the chilling images of massacres of pigs online, in violation, among other things, of international laws signed by the various States.
Of all this, few or none are talking; only emergencies are the masters, as for financial and social crises, and for immigration. (Perennial emergency, which will eventually “suspend” parliaments and elections, or demonstrate their ineffectiveness … is this the general trend? Fundamental speech that we cannot play here).
No long-term analysis, no awareness of the dangers (as well as the great opportunities) that physiologically belong to the era in which we have to live. Totally inadequate strategies. Evil is expected to arrive, and then to hunt for cures and vaccines. Scientists predict and warn in vain. Voices calling in the desert. Help is sought in the emergency, and then off to cutting again for training, research, beds, etc. So much nobody knows and what is known is forgotten.
Of a policy unable to live up to the global world, to know and to foresee, Europe has shown more in this crisis than ever before. And it is incredible to think about it, since this time it was not about local selfishness, psychologically also explainable if not justifiable, as in the case of defending one's budget to the detriment of the “friend” or the sacred borders of the homeland from the alleged invasion of the alien – no, this time it was an ongoing epidemic and necessarily destined to involve us more or less, sooner or later, all.
And instead for weeks and weeks each “owner at home”, as if even the coronavirus could be blocked in the Libyan camps or in those of Erdogan or at the Brenner borders or between Ventimiglia and Nice.
Have we hit rock bottom? How can a European Union that fails to promptly arrange a common plan in the face of an enemy of this kind overcome the abysses that divide it from the implementation of some convergence in financial and social policies, from a decent political presence on the international scene? The pandemic will end – not its many, declared contributing factors, if we do not all go hand in hand. And it will end with an even more fragmented, occasional image of European politics, incapable of forecasting and prevention, than before.
Without a great effort in the next few weeks for truly coordinated interventions on a continental scale, the blind and deaf financial technicality of Lagarde, the ECB orphaned by Draghi, or the follies of Johnson and his staff (worthy of a Swift their jokes about “flock therapy”).
First of all, to those whom the crisis could hit much more seriously than the virus itself, European politics are called upon to pay the utmost care, namely precisely to those classes and classes whose suffering it ignored, for example, when it faced the catastrophe of the Greece. To those who cannot “stay at home” because they do not have it, or have it, so to speak, too narrow to live comfortably for a long time, or to those who lose their jobs and income, perhaps risk losing that too. We can no longer afford a policy of chasing events, made of simple recommendations, a lot of rhetoric, little knowledge and no plans. If this crisis marks the turning point, we will remember it in twenty years almost with joy. What is certain is that nothing should be the same as before.