Call it what it is: A Pandemicide

How can we embrace a sense of morality and justice during a time when our society and the world is overwhelmed with the acceptance and normalization of corruption, disregard for truth, disregard for the rule of law, denigration of democratic institutions, violence, and worse, the unnecessary deaths hundreds of thousands of people?

Recently, I have written several articles in the Times of Israel about the unspeakable humanitarian crime of separating children from their parents, as well as the Trump administration’s gross mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic causing tens of thousands unnecessary deaths in the U.S.

Today the U.S.’s death toll has exceeded half a million people. But, according to The Lancet (vol. 397, issue 10275, Feb. 20, 2021) the accurate number is closer to 650,000—about 30% higher. That is more than the death of Americans in all the wars combined over the last 150 years. It is an astounding number of deaths.

In the 1918 Great Pandemic of influenza, 675,000 American’s died. It is estimated that 50 million died worldwide. Therefore, U.S. deaths at that time were 1.3% of global deaths.

In the current pandemic, globally the total number of deaths is just over 2.5 million. The deaths in the U.S., a highly advanced country, make up more than 20% of global deaths—higher than any other country. How can that be?

According to The Lancet, 40% of the COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are the direct result of the failure of government policy.

David Rothkopf of Deep State Radio said, if we don’t understand what happened, what choices were made, how all the individuals in the government (the President, his advisers, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, those who discredited the experts) contributed to these unnecessary deaths, we will give impunity to those who are responsible for “. . . the greatest mass slaughter in the history of the United States.”

He continued, “we will invite its happening again. . . one that is comparable to mass slaughters that have occurred in some of the worst humanitarian disasters in other places on earth.”

Laurie Garrett, a highly respected health journalist and author, wrote in Foreign Policy that the deaths resulting from the government failure is a “pandemicide” (murder by pandemic)—death by willful bad policies that were known to have deadly consequences. These policies were intentionally carried out with the goal of protecting and benefiting Donald Trump’s political prospects.

During January of this year the U.S. averaged 3,100 deaths a day—an equivalent to a 9/11 death toll per day.

I think of the outrage we experienced during the horrible events of 9/11, the mass shootings in too many schools, in a disco, in a synagogue, in a church, at an outdoor concert—and the recent insurrection on the U.S. Capitol.

Where is our outrage now? What is causing our normalizing of and numbness to this horror?

Over the last 18 years I have been involved in fighting against genocide, hoping to bring more attention to the horrors of genocide. To further this goal, I recently produced a short documentary film, Faces of Genocide, that features interviews with survivors of genocides from the 20th and 21st centuries.

We need to be clear, the COVID-19 “pandemicide” needs to be named for what it is—a mass murder. It would be a huge and historic error for those responsible not to be held accountable.

This “hidden” atrocity baffles me.

About the Author
Gayle grew up in Houston, Texas where her father was deeply involved with the Jewish community and was a philanthropic supporter of Israel. Through him she became an active supporter of Israel. She is a retired social worker (child welfare, adoptions, pediatric) and psychotherapist. She is the producer of the award-winning short documentary, "Faces of Genocide," that examines the culture of cruelty that has allowed the shameful successions of genocidal atrocities.