On April 12, 1955 Dr. Jonas Salk announced that he and his team had developed a working vaccine to combat polio. In 1962 Dr. Albert Sabin announced that he and his team developed a better vaccine for polio. The world rejoiced in the news of both men.
April 12 1955: Polio Announcement
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And like Smallpox before it, scientists did believe that polio could be wiped out in a few generations. It would have been but for one thing: ISLAM.
Dr. Ibrahim Ahmed
According to a leading expert on Islam, Daniel Pipes, the dreaded polio disease is resurgent in the Muslim world, because of one man’s paranoia.
Ten years ago, writes Pipes, polio was on the verge of eradication, when Ibrahim Datti Ahmed, president of the Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria and a physician, suggested in mid-2003 that the vaccination program in his country was part of a Western conspiracy to render Muslim children infertile.
“His call for an end to the polio immunization campaign touched a nerve and spread to other Muslim religious leaders in Nigeria, causing the vaccination process to slow down and incidences of the disease to pick up.
“From Nigeria, this dual phenomenon of conspiracy theory and re-appearance of the disease then expanded to Muslims internationally,” writes Pipes, who has been following the resurgence of the disease closely in his blog over the years. “So closely connected have Islam and polio become that the Muslim-only pilgrimage to Mecca became a major mechanism of transmitting the disease to faraway places like Indonesia.”
By now, he writes, Ahmed’s paranoia has sent the new wave of polio from Nigeria to Muslim populations in at least 17 other African countries and 6 Asian countries:
In Africa: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Somalia, Sudan, and Togo.
In Asia: Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen.
“A single conspiracy-obsessed Islamist,” Pipes sums up, “equipped with an organization and credentials, has caused polio not to be eradicated but instead to win a new lease on life.
“Thus has radical Islam brought misery to another aspect of human life – and made fellow Muslims its principal victims.”
I wonder if this paranoia is due to the fact that both Dr. Salk and Dr. Sabin were Jews. Or is it a way to control their people. Or perhaps both.
The children of Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Central African
Republic, Egypt, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Niger,
Somalia, Sudan, Togo, Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen are condemned to suffer from this disease. A disease that cripples as often as it kills. A disease that is preventable by not one but two working vaccines. But to the Muslim mind it is an evil created by the West to destroy Islam.
Oh if it was only that easy!