December 8, 2011, - 2:55 pm

HUH? U.N. Says U.S. Bin Laden Assassination Spreads Polio

By Debbie Schlussel

Leave it to the United Nations to blame some cockamamie, imagined spread of polio on the United States and our assassination of Osama Bin Laden.  Leave it to the Wall Street Journal to give it credence and report on it. Because, ya know, the imagined danger to the lives and health of a few terrorist-supporting Pakistanis is far more important than the lives of thousands of Americans that Bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda mass murdered.  It’s quite ridiculous, but as one might expect, the United Nations certainly has the market cornered on the absurd. Uh, there’s a reason–many of them–why Pakistan is one of the last bastions where polio hasn’t been mostly eradicated.

U.N. Blames Navy Seals, U.S. Bin Laden Kill For Spread of Polio

And it has nothing to do with the U.S. or with the allegation that a local doctor got DNA confirmation from the Bin Ladens by allegedly using hepatitis B vaccines as a cover story. It has everything to do with the fact that Pakistan is far too busy looking for ways to hate America and aid its enemies than care for its own people and finally emerge from the 7th Century. Oh, and by the way, UNICEF–an openly anti-Western, pro-Muslim waste of American tax contributions to the UN–can go to hell along with Bin Laden. You’ll note from the excerpt, below, that the UNICEF creep is whining about a drop in vaccinations for one month. That’s it.

Note the real cause here–Islamic clerics who constantly rehearse conspiracy theory canards to their Muslim followers: that the Westerners “want to sterilize us” and other similar BS. That’s not the fault of America. That’s Islam. And, don’t forget, that the GOP–when Newt Gingrich controlled the U.S. House–could have defunded the U.N., but Newt chose to ignore that promise like so many others, once he was elected speaker.

The United Nations says a reportedly fake vaccination campaign conducted to help hunt down Osama bin Laden has caused a backlash against international health workers in some parts of Pakistan and has impeded efforts to wipe out polio in the country.

A number of families across Pakistan refused vaccinations from July, when news of the reportedly fake campaign broke, to September, said Dennis King, chief of polio vaccinations in Pakistan for Unicef. “Following the early reports, some families in the provinces did refuse to have their children vaccinated citing the fake campaign as the cause,” Mr. King said.

The refusals, he added, have declined since September due to vigorous campaigning by international and local health workers to ensure families they are working only to vaccinate against polio, a disease eradicated in most of the world but still prevalent in Pakistan.

Pakistan military intelligence in July detained a local doctor, Shakeel Afridi, on charges of involvement with the reportedly fake vaccination campaign, supposedly involving vaccine against hepatitis B. Pakistan officials believe the campaign was an attempt to get DNA samples from bin Laden’s family to confirm his location in a house in Abbottabad. . . .

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, which Pakistani officials say carried out the purportedly fake program, hasn’t publicly commented. Officials familiar with the bin Laden operation say the CIA did indeed institute a mock vaccine program with a local doctor who had previously been an informant in the tribal areas. The plan was to obtain DNA from residents of the Abbottabad compound as they got a vaccine injection, helping confirm bin Laden’s presence there. . . .

The issue has given fresh ammunition to Islamist preachers who for years have claimed foreign health workers are spies and urged people to shun vaccination campaigns.

Some 1,700 families living in Mohabatabad, a poor area of 20,000 people on the outskirts of Mardan, a town in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, have refused vaccinations after local Islamic seminaries launched a countercampaign to discourage vaccinations, health workers say. They say the main obstacle in the neighborhood is an influential cleric, Maulana Siddique Ahmed.The preacher runs the Marifu Shria-o-Khanqah seminary, one of 10 hard-line religious schools in the area, and uses sermons to scare locals from getting their children vaccinated.

Mr. Ahmed said during a recent sermon to poor ethnic Pashtun villagers that the U.S. isn’t to be trusted because of its campaign to eliminate Taliban fighters through unmanned drone attacks.

“Enemies of Islam, especially America, are using polio drops to make future generations of Muslims sterile,” he said. “Why else are they emphasizing on saving us from polio when they are killing us through drone attacks? It cannot be on humanitarian grounds only. Why would you drink water from a well belonging to anti-Islamic forces, which is already poisonous?”

These kinds of vehement views existed before allegations of the fake campaign came to light. . . . Usman Khan, an official at the National Research Development Foundation, a Pakistani nongovernment organization, says he tried to draw up a list of prominent clerics in Mardan to get them to issue a decree that vaccinations are allowed under Islam. Instead, the clerics accused him of spying for the U.S. . . .

Pakistan is one of the last significant polio reservoirs in the world, imperiling global eradication efforts, Unicef warns.

And that last sentence has everything to do with backward Islam, not forward Western forces. Still, the ghost of Bin Laden is having the last laugh that the Wall Street Journal reprinted this “blame America” bulldung.

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7 Responses

Hilarious! I could care less if their kids end up in iron lungs. At least they won’t be able to blow us up. Serves ‘em right their hate of America should end in dire consequences for them. Let’s not rescue them from it.

NormanF on December 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Hey, I believe in Darwinism, and if these people are too stupid to get immunized or go to doctors, who am I to argue?

I don’t blame the messenger (the WSJ) for reporting this story. No, I put blame where blame belongs..with the UN. If the UN is not blaming Israel, it is blaming the US. Of course, when it can’t directly blame Israel, it blames the other Western enlightened. outpost in the world, Israel (Europe is no longer a Western, enlightened continent). And of course, toss in more than a little anti-Semitism when the UN criticizes Israel.

Jonathan E. Grant on December 8, 2011 at 4:00 pm

They must be listening to jenny mccarthy on vaccination procedures. Good, let them rot.

Ender on December 8, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Muslims have been resistant to vaccinations for long, and have in the past refused to have their kids vaccinated on grounds that it’s a Western conspiracy to keep them sterile, as Debbie pointed out above. I’d say that for Islamic countries that want to grow Islam by having unlimited families, polio is a Darwinist way of keeping them clamped. And it’s not just Pakistan – some time ago, I read about it being on the increase in another Islamic country in North Africa some years after a previous article cited how the mullahs there prevented people from being vaccinated.

Infidel Pride on December 8, 2011 at 11:31 pm

On UNICEF, the Reagan administration pulled the US out of UNICEF. The Bush administration put the US back in.

I agree w/ those who say ‘US out of the UN, UN out of the US’. Put the headquarters of the UN in Tripoli, let Israel too leave it, and let the UN finally merge w/ the OIC.

On a different note, the US made a virtual embassy to Iran a few days ago (an embassy that’s just a web site), which Iran immediately blocked, much to the annoyance of the State Department. But ideally, this virtual embassy concept should be done everywhere and w/ every country – recall US ambassadors everywhere and just shut down the State Department, and let foreigners who want to apply for US visas do that online, and go through an automated process that automatically inserts the background checks, waiting periods, visa quota checks and so on. The bulk of embassy work is that. Same would go for vice versa – the US should stop having foreign embassies in its soil (w/ the parking problems that they create, like @ the UN in New York) eliminating all the headaches that come w/ it. If American citizens need visas to other countries, they can likewise do it online, and go through whatever the process is for the country they’re trying to visit.

Just do all that, and end this business of the State Department having hundreds of employees living cushy lives in foreign countries.

Infidel Pride on December 8, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Third world people. They probalby take credit for developing the polio vaccine in the first place. Oh wait, that was Jonas Salk. Oh, that’s right, and he was a Jew. How can that happen? They owe the fact that they don’t have polio to an American Jew, yet they want to blame us for the spread of polio? How sick can one group of people be!

DJH on December 9, 2011 at 11:17 am

Tragic if your a little kid in Pakistan with nothing to look foward to even if you escape Polio only to have your brain marinated in a spicy sauce of western hatred, ant-semitism and jihad by some Madrassa staffed with pedophile Imams who could probably apply succesfuly for jobs at Penn State.

Ron Wolf on December 10, 2011 at 8:00 am

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