Friday, June 15, 2007

Millions died, nobody cried

Imagine the reaction if the U.S. government withheld medical supplies or prevented drug companies from providing/selling vital medicines to a disease ridden poor country- the shrieks of protest would be endless,with all the 'rights' groups and the other usual suspects out on the streets screaming imperialism and bloody murder!
Yet, it has already happened- vital disease fighting supplies were and still are being denied to poor countries and over the years millions have died. Let me repeat- millions.
Yet there is an eerie silence from the usually hysterical NGO's and the media.The talking heads aren't interested in talking about this.
Reason- because the people and the organizations responsible are the holy-cows of our times- Greenpeace, WWF and other environmentalists, the UN organizations and countless pundits who shouted for a ban on the DDT.

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Sam Zaramba, director general of health services of Uganda, says-

"The United States and Europe eradicated malaria by 1960, largely with the use of DDT. At the time, Uganda tested the pesticide in the Kanungu district and reduced malaria by 98%. Despite this success, we lacked the resources to sustain the program. Rather than partner with us to improve our public health infrastructure, however, foreign donors blanched. They used Africa's lack of infrastructure to justify not investing in it.
The U.S. banned DDT in 1972, spurred on by environmentalist Rachel Carson's 1962 book "Silent Spring." Many countries in Europe and around the world followed suit. But after decades of exhaustive scientific review, DDT has been shown to not only be safe for humans and the environment, but also the single most effective anti-malarial agent ever invented. Nothing else at any price does everything it can do. That is why the World Health Organization (WHO) has once again recommended using DDT wherever possible against malaria, alongside insecticidal nets and effective drugs.
Although Uganda's National Environmental Management Authority has approved DDT for malaria control, Western environmentalists continue to undermine our efforts and discourage G-8 governments from supporting us. The EU has acknowledged our right to use DDT, but some consumer and agricultural groups repeat myths and lies about the chemical. They should instead help us use it strictly to control malaria."

Newsbusters asks-

"Who ARE these people who are allowing thousands to die? America's and the world's journalists should be devoting substantial resources to finding out who these people are, naming names, and exposing their treachery to the public. These enviro-religious zealots are stuck in the 1960s and 1970s. Lives are lost for every day they cause delay.

What else could possibly be more important than exposing these people?"

So once again, where are the howls of protest?
In our media,the holy cows are truly holy.

(h/t- Instapundit)

Just some idle statistics-
Malaria sickens 300 to 500 million poor people annually, killing as many 2.7 million.