By Rachel Marsden, columnist, political strategist and host of an independently produced French-language program that airs on Sputnik France. Her website can be found at rachelmarsden.comBy recommending charges of “crimes against humanity” against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over the way he handled the pandemic, a senate panel there is setting a dangerous and irrational precedent for the world.
The Brazilian high chamber commission has recommended nine criminal charges in total against President Jair Bolsonaro over his handling of the Covid pandemic, including “charlatanism,” “prevarication,” and “incitement to crime.”
From the outset, Bolsonaro has resisted liberticidal and economically suicidal measures adopted by western nations. Relative to its population, it doesn’t seem that Brazil was ultimately much more or less spared from Covid than other nations, regardless of the machinations, rhetoric, and hand waving in which others chose to engage contrary to the leader nicknamed the “Trump of the Tropics.”
Brazil’s peak of 4,249 deaths in a single day in April 2021 isn’t wildly disproportionate, for example, to France’s 987 Covid-labeled fatalities registered in a single day in April 2020, since the population of Brazil is about three times that of France. It’s also worth noting that the waves ebb and flow at different stages in different parts of the world and that a snapshot of any given moment doesn’t capture the full story.