Michael Brown on Death by Starvation or Death by Coronavirus

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As horrible as death by COVID-19 must be, it is surely far worse to starve to death slowly over a period of many weeks and months. Yet, in our desire to prevent millions of COVID-19 deaths, we may have sentenced tens of millions of people to starve to death. Perhaps more than 100 million. That is almost impossible to grasp. What would those figures look like on a graph?

Dennis Prager’s latest weekly article, posted May 5, put forth this jarring proposition: “The Worldwide Lockdown May Be the Greatest Mistake in History.”

Whether or not he is right, only time will tell.

But Prager could already cite these disturbing projections: “The United Nations World Food Programme, or the WFP, states that by the end of the year, more than 260 million people will face starvation—double last year’s figures. According to WFP director David Beasley on April 21: ‘We could be looking at famine in about three dozen countries. … There is also a real danger that more people could potentially die from the economic impact of COVID-19 than from the virus itself.'”

He added, “That would be enough to characterize the worldwide lockdown as a deathly error. But there is much more. If global GDP declines by 5%, another 147 million people could be plunged into extreme poverty, according to the International Food Policy Research Institute.”

Why so little outcry? Why so little concern?

It is true that headlines reported the WFP announcement, with headlines like this on April 22 on The Hill: “UN warns coronavirus could cause global famines of ‘biblical proportions.’ The WFP warned the United Nations security council Tuesday of a possible ‘hunger pandemic’ due to COVID-19.”

Or like this, also on April 22, on CNN: “Coronavirus pandemic will cause global famines of ‘biblical proportions,’ UN warns.”

One week later, a local Fox affiliate ran a similar story, explaining, “While the World Health Organization warns that stringent guidelines need to stay in place to combat the spread of COVID-19, fellow United Nations agency World Food Program (WFP) believes that it will lead to an uptick in global poverty and starvation, and the response to the virus itself may end up killing more people by the end of 2020.”

But for the most part, these absolutely shocking predictions have gone in one ear and out the other.

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SOURCE: Charisma News