Sunday, July 06, 2008

July 5 Flu Update

For good reason, Australia expresses concern about whether Indonesia is going to announce its bird flu cases.

The US has a Naval Medical Research lab in Indonesia that has been involved in the fight against bird flu. Today, Indonesia is considering closing it because it does not benefit them.

Story about vet scientists studying bird flu to help people.

Tanzania is stepping up its fight against bird flu.

Interesting article says US could do more good by studying TB than bird flu.


At 11:34 AM, Blogger Wulfgang said...


As your first article indicates, Australian’s have good reason to be concerned about the bird flu situation in Indonesia: there are probably more clades and substrains of H5N1 circulating in the slums and islands there than anyone can possibly keep up with. The Indonesian health minister, Siti Fadilah Supari is bordering on insanity, and they want NMRU-2 disbanded, no doubt because they will undoubtedly discover how terrible and irreparable the bird flu incubation situation truly is. Australia in my opinion, should immediately ban all tourist travel to Indonesia, until their government and health department begins acting responsibly, and not wait until one of their travelers brings the scourge into their country via an international airline.

What can anyone possibly expect from incompetent Indonesian government leaders (and their bipolar health minister) who are close allies and friends with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (read: "Ahm-in-a-jihad”) of Iran ? Both individuals are ranting lunatics. Ahmadinejad is intent on obliterating Israel during his lifetime via nuclear weapons. Judging by his own statements, Ahmadinejad wants to see a world Islamic government, which would wipe out or exile all Jews in Israel and result in a world order maintained by Islamic law backed by an Iranian nuclear super-power. He even convened a conference recently to study whether the Jewish Holocaust actually occurred. He is determined to develop Iran's nuclear capability; just as Israel and the United States are determined to stop him. In 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran closed a speech at the United Nations with a call for the "mighty Lord" to "hasten the emergence" of Imam Mahdi, a direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad. Shia Islam holds that the Mahdi, as the redeemer of Islam, will return from hiding to rid the world of injustice. Most people now speculate that he is seeking to sow chaos by using religion to further his political goals. If Iran cannot find a way to dismantle its nuclear program, cease its hostility towards Israel, and stop helping our enemies in Iraq, it is possible that one of President George Bush's final acts of his presidency will be to teach Ahmadinejad the hard lesson Saddam Hussein refused to learn until it was too late.

Madame Supari, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono of Indonesia have very similar political and religious views, when it comes down to it: like Iran, the Indonesian system of government that combines elements of Islamic theocracy with bits of democracy. Unlike the U.S. system of governance, church and state are inexorably linked in modern-day Iran and Indonesia, and religious precepts form the backbone of their political structure. In theory, both Iranian and Indonesian power structures appear akin to Western frameworks, with clear demarcations of power. But in practice, both political systems in Iran and Indonesia are dominated by a small cadre of religious clerics.

The big difference between Indonesia and Iran, however is that Iran holds huge reserves of petroleum, but Indonesia holds huge reserves of bird flu disease viruses which it is propagating in its slums, which it hopes to capitalize on, and make a huge profit from western pharmaceutical companies.

I know this all sounds strange, but this dangerous explosive chemistry is what you get when you mix a certain world's religion, politics, nuclear weapons, deadly bird flu viruses and political fanaticism, all together in one mix.



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