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30 July 2007

Evil Western Medicine Man

In an op-ed in the New York Times, race-hustler Harriet Washington attempts to excuse Libya's prosecution of 6 Bulgarian nurses by answering the question "Why Africa Fears Western Medicine." The Tripoli Six, as they became known, were accused of deliberately infecting Libyan children with HIV and sentenced to death, but finally released to Bulgaria last week. To explain this paranoia in Libya, she points to actual cases of Western doctors murdering patients in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Zambie. The cases she cites aren't particularly bizarre, and sociopathic health-care workers are not exactly unknown in Western countries. She'd have done better to cite irrational Western fears such as the thimerasol/autism myth to show that baseless fear of medical care is not limited to the Third World.

But she's not interested in painting these fears as irrational - she wants us to "approach Africans’ suspicions with respect, realizing that they are born of the acts of a few monsters and of the deadly constraints on medical care in difficult conditions. By continuing to dismiss their reasonable fears, we raise the risk of even more needless illness and death." Ah yes, the old r-e-s-p-e-c-t solution. Works every time.

First off, she's delusional if she thinks anyone in Libya gives a rat's ass about what happens south of the Sahara. Second, what the mob thinks is not the issue - the African governments must be responsible for the execution of their justice system, if not for their own people then for foreigners working to help their people. The solution is simple - we let each government know that if any of our people are prosecuted without our permission, we will withdraw all medical care - people, drugs, equipment - and perhaps more, to boot. Of course, another such incident and there won't be anyone going over there to help - never mind showing "respect."

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Constant Gardner was a documentary, right?

July 31, 2007 11:34 AM  
Anonymous Bullpen said...

There's also the point that HIV=AIDS is a myth and I'll bet top dollar that all these infected children live to see adulthood.

But the case is a useful reminder that however bad our Western governments are, they're a veritable panacea compared to the Third World variety.

July 31, 2007 4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A study was conducted recently on the effectiveness of foreign aid to 3rd world countries. The results showed (hold onto your hats here, it's a shocker) that such aid had virtually no benefit whatsoever. Fortunately, this study was not done by evil white men so it can't be dismissed out of hand.

August 01, 2007 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this foreign aid has kept Swiss bankers very busy, so it isn't a total loss.

August 01, 2007 1:47 PM  
Anonymous Kip said...

One of the great boons to the quality of life in Africa has been the mobile phone. And you know how blacks love to chat.

August 01, 2007 5:30 PM  

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