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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

When Conspiracy kills

Conspiracy theories fall into many different categories from the killing of JFK to reptilian aliens taking over the world banking system.   Its easy to simply dismiss those that believe in these theories as a kook or nut bar.   
 Its reality so it is never that simple.
Some are innocent people asking honest questions and having honest concerns about government and the world.   Some are not.   The call for the "truth" is such that despite obvious evidence to an event or incident the conspiracy theorists look and say the "official story" can not be true.  
At the worst level the most base of all levels is when you present simple facts, evidence and proof that do not fit their narrative you are branded a sheep of the government, a moron, stupid, idiotic and much much more.  Many of the so called skeptics are in fact the least skeptical of all as "they know" what happened.... 
Its actually a matter of faith... anything that does not fit their belief structure is wrong and potentially evil.
Polio victims that have become amputees... all preventable
I mean what does this matter in the whole scheme of things.....  well it can matter alot and this story from Pakistan shows what can happened when conspiracy unravels society:

The Conspiracy follows this line.....  
"This is a program by the US to cut the population of the Muslims and weaken them to a point that they become incapacitated to defend Islam," Qari Mohammad Akram, a resident of FATA's Bajaur agency, told IPS over telephone.

A cleric in Pakistan's Punjab province has warned that a jihad would be launched against polio vaccination teams at a time when the World Health Organisation has expressed concern at the emergence of new cases of the disease across the country.

Maulvi Ibrahim Chisti of Muzaffargarh district declared the anti-polio campaign as "un-Islamic" and announced at the local mosque that jihad (holy war) should be carried out against the polio vaccination team.
Chisti made the remarks after finding out that a vaccination team had entered Khan Pur Bagga Sher area of Muzaffargarh and asked families to cooperate with the campaign.
The cleric went to the largest mosque in the area and declared that polio drops were "poison" and against Islam, The Express Tribune reported.
He warned that if the vaccination team forced anyone to participate in the campaign, then jihad was "the only option".
As a result, the polio team returned to Muzaffargarh city without carrying out any immunisation and reported the matter to senior officials.
A police inquiry was ordered and a raid was conducted in the cleric's area.
However, Chisti escaped by the time the police arrived.
Residents said the cleric had tried to convince them that the polio campaign was a "Western conspiracy" to render the population impotent.
After the police raid, the vaccination team returned to the area to implement the immunisation campaign.
The WHO recently expressed concern over a spike in polio cases across Pakistan, particularly the country's restive northwestern tribal region, where around 150,000 children have reportedly not been immunised.
According to cases recorded by the National Institute of Health, the total number of polio cases reported this year is at least 21.
Eight cases were detected in the Khyber tribal region. Polio cases have also been reported in areas like Rajanpur district of Punjab and Larkana district of Sindh that were free of the virus since 2004-05.

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