Apologies to Crof the Prof for the UN Bird-Flu story.
I apologize to Professor Kilian, if my comments in my last post, “Political Correctness from the UN Bird-Flu Boss?” were in any way taken as suggesting the “bombing of Indonesia”.
I have spent may years in Indonesia and around that region and love all of it.
Well, almost all of it.
There have been some very radical changes recently, that have brought a certain amount of nastiness in that country and in part of that region in my opinion.
But I digress!
The situation in Indonesia is a lot more complex than it appears on the surface.
The current “Bird-Flu policy” is not the result of a strong united Government.
As an example, during the infamous haggling with the WHO for the tissue samples of the victims of Bird-Flu, Siti Fadilah Supari, the Health Minister was fiercely opposed by a number of the other Ministers.
The Bali outbreak finally gave the chance of the opponents of the Health Minister (who were increasingly concerned about the image of the country around the world) to be able to over rule her mad policy.
The secrecy that prevails all things related to the Bird-Flu virus at this time, has resulted in a similar war of opinions raging in the highest echelons of power in that country.
The world can help those in the Government with better judgement, to prevail over the current H5N1 policy makers in Indonesia.
Very strong action must be taken without delay by the global community, against the apparent current policy of hiding of the facts related to the H5N1 virus in Indonesia.
No developmental aid, medical aid, or any other aid of any kind, should be made available to Indonesia, until the Government opens up completely as far as the H5N1 is concerned.
That kind of firm action from the rest of the world would be a great help to those in the Government who understand that H5N1 can not be contained or eliminated by any one country and want to share all their data related to the killer virus with the world.
Surely it is not a lot to ask of the virus inflicted country, to be simply honest about what is really going on in that country, as far as the H5N1 is concerned?
I would like to respectfully request that Dr Nabarro stops pussy footing around with false praise and other “diplomatic” gestures and gets down to the serious business of finding out the true facts about this killer dangerous virus in that country.
In the far east, FACE is the most important factor and basically the current Indonesian policy is all about face.
Some in the Government do not want the country to be seen as the sick nation of the region.
Then there are some factions, who really believe that the H5N1 is nothing but a conspiracy by the West, aimed at vaccinating the Muslim women in Indonesia in to infertility!
Not that Indonesia is the only problem as far as the hidden dangers of the Bird-Flu is concerned.
I believe that Vietnam currently has more cases of the human infection of H5N1 than Indonesia does.
It is just that in Vietnam, they can suppress the news better than they can in Indonesia!
Besides, as we all know, Vietnam has been “Bird-Flu-Free” more times than any other nation on this planet!
Not sure if Vietnam is Bird-flu-Free this week or if there has been another outbreak of the Bird-Flu some where in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Then there is China, the original source of most viruses in the world, including of course, the H5N1 virus.
We can expect many more viruses originating from and mutating in China, as the millions of starving and omnivorous people in the rural areas of that country, kill and devour all of their exotic wild life.
Of course the non exotic Dogs and Cats do not escape with their lives in China either!
Apparently, boiling the dog alive, is the best way to get the skin off easily.
In fact the St. Bernard breed is the best loved dog meat in China.
But that is another story.
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