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Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Connection Between Polico Vaccines, the Taliban and Osama bin Laden

'Why the Taliban is Banning Polio Vaccines?
Pakistan: The Taliban banned polio vaccines in tribal areas it controls setting back a global campaign to eradicate the disease. Roughly 250, 000 children in the North and South Waziristan may not be inoculated against the infectious, debilitating disease that remains endemic in Pakistan and two other countries, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Last month militant leaders declared that public health officials wouldn't be allowed to vaccinate children claiming that the campaign us a ruse for American spies to penetrate the mountainous regions. Their argument isn't completely unfounded. In the months leading up to Osama bin Laden's capture, the CIA conducted hepatitis vaccinations to obtain DNA samples that could locate bin Laden and his family. The Taliban also said the ban wouldn't be lifted until the U.S. military ended drones in the area. Global polio infections are at record lows levels, and a world without poliomyelitis is near. But the Taliban's ban poses a threat to children all over the world because of the highly contagious nature of the disease. As long as a single child is infected, children everywhere are at risk.
August 6, Time Issue.'    

I'm not sure who I'm more pissed off at: the Taliban or the CIA.
Here's more by Kelly B. Vlahos in antiwar.com.


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