As a European who lives in the US, it took me a while, but I get it now: It's not that they have "given up", it's jut that those in power legit don't care who dies. The decision-makers are removed from the most affected populations and they'd rather "save the economy".
“It really does feel like the U.S. has given up.” -European scientist.
And, to clarify, I offer this explanation not as commentary on how awful the powers that be are in the US right now (which they are), but rather as a genuine explanation, from one baffled outsider to another.
It is hard to overstate just how deeply incomprehensible I have found it, and how much (and for how long!) I've tried to find alternate explanations to the behavior. Because I find it hard to believe that anyone is Bad Evil People. Sure they are confused? Misinformed? Sick?
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