THE last time Jack the Insider earned a mention here was February when he claimed that the anti-mandates protest in Canberra would be a fizzer. Bad call. Before that, I noted agog a 23 September 2021 column in which he inferred (without any evidence) that an unknown but significant number of participants in this massive anti-mandates march in Melbourne were phony tradesmen wearing just-purchased orange-wear. It would be an understatement to say Jack didn’t have much time for those who opposed the mentally deranged, ultra-violent and scientifically fatuous tyranny imposed on them during the ‘pandemic’. In November, he spoke for toey conformists everywhere when he described the dissenters: “I like to think of them as people who think freedom means having the right to jump the queue at Centrelink.” But covid is no longer The Current Thing.
Ukraine is The Current Thing. The same frightened zombies who waved pom-poms for Justin Trudeau and Daniel Andrews as their brave spetsnaz horse-trampled the frail and shot the publicly assembled are now waving them for dear old Ukraine. Sceptics of a lachrymose alliance with this game reserve for the world’s surviving Nazis are of course dismissed as ‘conspiracy theorists’ while adherents of the new Manichaeism are Current Thingers in excellent and virtuous standing.
Back to Jack who always has the back of the latter. His latest column – on biological laboratories in Ukraine – purports to demonstrate “how Russian propaganda found its way into the mainstream.” On the question of how dangerous the labs might be and who ran them, he sides with cult member and World War III advocate Mitt Romney – the man who once explained his five sons’ eschewal of military service by saying they served the nation by helping him get elected – and seeks to discredit Iraq War combat medical veteran and former Hawaii congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard.
Now, while it is fair to say the vagueness surrounding the labs has been exploited by the Kremlin to make unverifiable accusations of US-controlled bio-weapons research, it is egregious nonsense to argue, as Jack does, that Gabbard and lavishly laurelled journalist Glenn Greenwald inaugurated a “conspiracy” on the subject. It was Victoria Nuland – Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs – who told a Senate hearing on 8 March that the Biden Administration was “concerned” about the labs and was working with Ukraine to make sure “materials of biological research” did not fall into Russian hands. If the labs were utterly harmless, why was she “concerned”?
The reason Jack boldly airbrushed Nuland out of the picture was that he wanted to hype geneticist Olga Pettersson and a “team” of scientists as the heroes who “comprehensively debunked” claims that harmful “materials” had existed at the facilities. Their findings, Jack reports, are “on a Twitter thread.” If you’re thinking, 1) Twitter isn’t a refereed journal; 2) that researchers in France, Sweden and Belarus couldn’t possibly know what may or may not have happened in Ukrainian labs; and 3) that ‘debunking’ anything in a field so ultra-secret and murky cannot be done using “documents” only, congratulations. You’re not a credulous dope. The truth is nobody knows anything about the labs but reluctance to accept the conclusions of Swedish Tweeters or ‘intelligence experts’ working for the Democratic National Committee is sound policy.