Canadians are struggling what to make of Mr Peterson. He does seem a bit distant in front of the camera these days, a bit sedated. One of our more annoying newspapers, The National Putz... er... Post, was offering mental health explanations for his behaviour a while back.
Not long ago I found a very interesting US government document listing known “incidents” in US viral labs – the number seems to in the 300 range since the 1950’s with widely varying degrees of intensity (how many people injured/killed). The point is that if one decides to do such research one must live with the idea that accidents will happen. We all know the Wuhan lab was diversely funded, maybe the West thought such research could continue with only occasional local accidents conveniently located in other countries? Maybe the lab staff went rogue like they did at Chernobyl? Maybe, like Edward Teller, they did it just because they could and were curious to see how it would play out? Or maybe the virus simply jumped species like we are reasonably sure SARS did?