by John Hawkins | October 28, 2003 11:59 pm
How many times do keep trying to feed a dog that nips at your hand every time you hand him a steak?
“A World Health Organization program to eradicate polio in Nigeria is in jeopardy after Muslim leaders ordered it halted amid rumors that it was part of a U.S. conspiracy to kill off African Muslims.
…Muslim clerics in the predominantly Islamic states of Kaduna, Kano and Zamfara called on parents not to allow their children to get immunized, saying the vaccine being used could contain viruses causing HIV/AIDS, cancer and sterility in women.
…Dr. David Heymann, head of WHO’s Global Polio Eradication Program, said the vaccine being used in Nigeria is safe and untainted, having been tested and used throughout the world.
A U.N. media report said a body called the Supreme Council for Shari’a Law was “one of the leading advocates” of suspicion about the safety of vaccines, which some fundamentalist groups claimed were tainted as part of a Western plot to reduce the number of African Muslims.
The council’s chief, Datti Ahmed – a physician – said the vaccine would be tested to ascertain whether it is contaminated.
…”Indigenous polio is present in only seven countries around the world. Six of them are Islamic countries,” Heymann said.”
You know, we hear a lot about how the rest of the world is sick of America. But you know what? As I’ve said before, I can’t even begin to tell you how sick I & most Americans are of the much of the rest of the world.
Yes, I know going back to our post-WW1 isolationist policies would lead to disaster for the planet, but it’s SOOOOOOOOO tempting. Just imagine….
— Nigerian leaders don’t want to take the Polio vaccine we’re sending them. Fantastic — we stop sending them any vaccine and let them enjoy their Polio.
— African leaders start complaining that the billions we’re sending them aren’t enough, so we stop sending them ANY money and spend it here — at home — on Americans.
— The Palestinians have another big “I hate America” dance party in the street after terrorists kill American citizens in Israel. We respond by saying we no longer intend to send the Palestinians or Palestinian refugee camps in the area any funds. Furthermore, our days of negotiating between the Israelis and Palestinians are over — we’ll let the UN give it a shot.
— Every time a European nation votes refuses to cooperate with us on an important part of the war on terrorism, we yank all of our troops out of that country until we have almost no troops in Western Europe.
— Egypt’s press runs another anti-American nutcake article claiming America the enemy. Our aid and weapons sales to Egypt end.
Want to trade with us? Fantastic. Want our help while you poke us in the eye? No thanks, not anymore.
Of course, the last time we did something like that WW2 happened and my guess is that things would turn out even worse this time if we let things run their course for twenty years or so. If you’re wondering what could be worse than WW2, imagine nuclear wars in the Middle-East and between India and Pakistan. On top of that, who knows how many nations China could overrun in two decades without us bottling them up? And trust me, you don’t even want to think about what would happen as more and more crazed terrorist groups got their hands on WMD and used them.
So unfortunately, isolationism for the US remains but a sweet, sweet, dream for the foreseeable future…
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