BONOKOSKI: WHO has lost credibility needed to judge itself

The World Health Organization has metaphorically become one of those Third World buses of countless tragedies, careening down a treacherous mountain road with its brake lines spewing oil and a hairpin turn mere seconds away.

But it’s the only bus there is.

If it somehow successfully navigates the tight turn that lies ahead, then it may regain some of its credibility.

But that’s a reach.

It finally became more than obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic that the WHO is largely manipulated by the communist regime of Chinese dictator Xi Jinping, leader of a country where the virus first reared itself and where its infections were publicly stifled early on regarding both its existence and its person-to-person transmission.

This alone cost hundreds of thousands of lives.

But it failed miserably with COVID-19.

The WHO’s leadership today is hardly stellar.

Its director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus — the first WHO leader who’s not a medical doctor — came with the dubious distinction of purportedly covering up the cholera epidemic in his native Ethiopia while serving as health minister in the Marxist Tigray People’s Liberation Front.

It is no surprise, therefore, that he’s Beijing’s toy.

When Xi addressed a virtual convention of the WHO this week, he did so knowing more than 100 countries had signed a resolution calling for an independent review into the origins of the pandemic and, although China was not named, it goes against the Chinese dictator’s stated wish for the WHO to investigate itself.

U.S. presidents and other world leaders come and go but, unless an artery clogs, Xi will be China’s ruler for potentially decades to come.

By the time this probe is done — it could be 2023 or 2025 — the accusations and anger against China will have eased.

Still a major issue, however, is China’s continued refusal to give Taiwan any recognition whatsoever, even to the point of refusing it the courtesy of observer status at the WHO’s virtual convention.

Taiwan, which accommodates millions of Chinese travellers every year, and has a strong economy, is recognized by the majority of the world as an entity on its own — not China’s lost sister.

And, as Newsweek reported, despite a population of 21 million, Taiwan remained “an island of calm” as the pandemic seized China — using border controls, technology-based monitoring and proactive testing to keep its virus numbers down to an almost unbelievable 440 cases and just  seven deaths.

Still, its data is considerably more trusted than China’s, which the ruling communist party has been jerry-rigging whenever necessary.

Long story short, however, is that China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province that it has vowed to reclaim.

Taiwan, meanwhile, has played it smart.

It lays low and largely works the backrooms.