The contagion spreads
[Dawn] IN a globalised world, it seems that religious Death Eaters are also exchanging notes on tactics and strategy. On Friday, gunnies in the northern Nigerian city of Kano killed at least 10 polio
...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set...
vaccinators, nine of them women. The grisly incident drew instant comparisons to similar attacks in Pakistain at the end of last year. Suspicion for the attacks has fallen on Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
, dubbed by some as the 'Nigerian Taliban'. The group is one of Africa's deadliest Islamist beturbanned goon outfits; it has reportedly killed hundreds in Nigeria, including members of the security forces, Christians and those among Mohammedan holy mans opposed to Boko Haram's obscurant worldview. As in Pakistain, some holy mans in Nigeria have cast doubt over polio vaccines, claiming they are a Western 'plot' to eliminate Mohammedans. Such resistance to anti-polio campaigns has existed in Nigeria for around a decade. Apparently taking another cue from Pak beturbanned goons, Boko Haram has set a number of schools on fire in Nigeria, although Death Eaters in this country have been far more destructive, reducing hundreds of schools in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
... formerly NWFP, still Terrorism Central...
and Fata to rubble.
Nigeria, Pakistain and Afghanistan are the only polio-endemic countries left in the world, with the West African state reporting the highest number of polio cases last year.
Considering this, the silence of Mohammedan religious authorities -- in these countries and elsewhere -- is unforgivable. Militants are dooming the future of children in Mohammedan countries, or those with large numbers of Mohammedans, making them vulnerable to disease and forcing them to stay illiterate. Unfortunately, the religious authorities have not yet mustered the courage to confront their bully boy worldview. Institutions with influence in the Islamic world -- such as Egypt's Al Azhar and the Saudi religious establishment -- need to play a far greater role in countering beturbanned goon propaganda against polio vaccinations. The OIC should also take up the issue with the seriousness it deserves. Meanwhile,
...back at the pond, Gloria slowly backed away from the eight-foot bull frog. If the creature croaked she would surely be deafened...
the help of those Mohammedan countries that have successfully elimin-ated the virus, Iran and Bangladesh among them, must be sought to counter the situation where polio persists. Militants cannot be allowed to jeopardise the future of countless children in the remaining polio-endemic countries.
Posted by: Fred 2013-02-11