Monday, April 14, 2003
There are people in American and other western democracies that wonder how a country like China could possibly be a threat to the world. Here is why nations with state-controlled-everything threaten us every day:
The revelation adds weight to claims by a military doctor that the scale of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic in Beijing was covered up because it clashed with the annual sitting of China's parliament.
In short, the Chinese government put their political schedule ahead of public safety. This kind of government behavior is totally irresponsible and is a threat to the global community, which becomes smaller and smaller every year. This brings back memories of the early 80's. It took years for the US government to acknowledge HIV/AIDS, while it was spreading like mad around our country and around the world. President Reagan did not publicly acknowledge the disease until 1986, a good 4 years after it became a regular part of the local news broadcasts here in San Francisco. It makes you wonder how many lives could have been saved had our government acknowledged the problem and pushed forward with research and education, instead of brushing it aside as a gay and IV drug user's problem.
Obviously there is a difference between a flu-like illness and a terminal disease, but the government's silence results in the same: a public that unknowingly partakes in behavior that can infect or kill their fellow citizens. And because of China's silence, their public may have infected many, many more people than they would have had they known the truth sooner. It makes me wonder.
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