7/08/2006

People's Daily Online -- Spain confirms first case of H5N1 bird flu

People's Daily Online -- Spain confirms first case of H5N1 bird flu

It is inevitable that the world will soon face a pandemic of horrific magnitude, and its effects will undoubtedly cause great shock in global markets, cripple large populations and cause mass hysteria, particularly in the developed world. Despite expansive efforts on the part of global politicians and health organizations, the effects of such an outbreak can only be marginally contained, and death on a massive scale is unavoidable. There is much that can be done to prepare through the implementation of a comprehensive plan for combating the outbreak from its source, but because of limitations placed on the use of intellectual property in the pharmaceutical industry, production of vaccinations for the most probable pandemic on the horizon, the Asian Bird Flu, has failed to provide ample stockpile to guarantee access to anyone outside of the individuals responsible for initial response. This could potentially lead to both a political and health crisis never before imagined. With the partisan posturing in Washington having reached a level of absolute absurdity, it would seem fair to assume that any outbreak would be immediately seized upon by leaders of the Democratic Party as evidence of the Bush Administrations negligent preparation and inadequate response plan (provided such an outbreak takes place while Bush is still in office). Given the media's general lack of humility, and considering the likelihood that during such an outbreak there is likely to be an overriding sense of hysteria and outrage, it is conceivable that the government could face extremely dire circumstances and the possibility of having to institute massive quarantines under Marshall Law. This could do great harm to the stability of the American political system and force the White House to take measures that would otherwise be considered abhorrent, such as media blackouts, market suspension and school suspension. The country has gone decades since its last great pandemic, so there is likely nobody around that can offer the American people the sense of confidence such a tragedy would demand and I fear this could lead to ignorance and irrational decision-making on the part of voters around the country who are transfixed on the health crisis and blinded by the irresponsible, fear-mongering rhetoric of the Democratic Party and its intellectually embarrassing army of hate-filled hipsters.
Some may think that I am paranoid, but hasn't anyone been paying attention to the overt politicizing of the Iraq War by the minority party, of whom only one Senator, Joseph Lieberman, has unwaveringly been in support of the military effort from the outset, despite the significant number of Dems who backed the invasion initially. We have all seen what Senator Lieberman's fellow democrats have done for him lately as he faces a formidable challenger in next months Connecticut democratic primary- effectively throwing him under the bus in favor of an absolute joke from Greenwich. Such utter disregard for their parties most respected member, likely bourne out of disgust for Lieberman's obviously close relationship with the President, leads me to believe that nothing is beyond their contempt for a White House they believe to be 'incompetent' on every issue it confronts. Maybe one day we will hear about the alternative policies the Dems have drawn up in anticipation of a resounding victory in November's midterm elections, which polls show will likely add to their share of the House at least, if not give them a majority. I reject this polling data, if for no other reason, because I cannot imagine a Congress under the control of the perky Congresswoman from Napa Valley, Nancy Pelosi. God save us from such a fate!
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