Islamic Bio Weapon Hits New Zealand
July 18, 2007: Al Qaeda has not commented on their latest success at biological warfare. Recently, efforts by Islamic radicals in Pakistan and Nigeria caused polio to show up in New Zealand, a nation where a quarter of the children are not vaccinated against polio (which has not been seen in the country for decades.) This is a common pattern in many Western nations, because of a growing desire among many parents to avoid vaccinations, in response to rumors of side effects.
The immediate cause of it all was a passenger on a flight from Pakistan, who was later found to have polio. The rush is on to contact fellow passengers, and vaccinate those who need it. Until this done, there could be another outbreak of polio in New Zealand.
How did the Pakistani man get polio? Radical Islamic clerics in northern Pakistan have been pushing the idea that vaccinations for diseases is a Western plot to poison Moslem children. This particular fantasy has been rattling around for nearly a decade, and has prevented the UN from wiping out polio. Like small pox (which was wiped out in the 1970s), once there are no people with polio, the disease is gone for good (it can only survive in a human host). The Islamic clerics urging parents not to vaccinate their children against polio, provide the disease with hosts, and keep it going. Last year, 24,000 children were not vaccinated in northern Pakistan because of this paranoid fantasy. As a result, at least 39 cases of polio were confirmed last year. The victims (usually children) either die, or are crippled for life. In 2005, there were 28 cases. When confronted by angry parents, the clerics say that it's “God's will” that the kid is dead or crippled from polio. Most Moslem parents accept that, because Islam means, literally, “submission.” In this case, it also means biological warfare. Although not intentional, but you never know.
Events in Iran
The Iranian government is losing control of its security forces and secret police. Islamic radicals increasingly refuse to obey orders from the top, claiming God has commanded them to do otherwise. The Islamic conservatives have remained in power by cultivating Islamic radicals in the security forces, men who were willing to fight to the death to keep an un-elected Islamic conservative government in power. But now the Islamic radicals are out of control, and bringing them to heel will threaten the ability of the Islamic conservatives to rule the country. A man convicted of adultery was stoned to death, according to Islamic law. But the judge who ordered the stoning had been told by his superiors not to allow such a punishment. Senior officials are losing control of Islamic radicals, who often see themselves as above the law, at least the civil law. The recent crackdown by the religious police has encouraged the Islamic radicals to push even harder for strict adherence to Sharia (Islamic law, based largely on 7th century customs).
Bahrain is furious that an Iranian newspaper claimed Bahrain belongs to Iran. The claim is based on Iranian control of Bahrain for a few years during the 18th century. After that incident, Bahrain, and most of the other Gulf States, sought protection from Britain. During World War II, the U.S. joined with Britain in offering the Arab states of the Persian Gulf protection from Iranian aggression. Iran has always resented this, believing themselves to be the regional superpower, and the final arbiter of who is sovereign, and who is not.
Meanwhile, in northern Iran, troops continued to fight Kurdish rebels, firing artillery into Iraq, where the PKK rebels have established camps.
The Iranian government continues its crackdown on media that do not adhere to a conservative and Islamic point of view. No other opinions are tolerated. An Iranian news agency reported that police has captured 14 squirrels, equipped with "spying devices," near the Iraqi border. Later attempts to get more information failed, as police appeared to wish the story would go away.
Liberals have a new Enemy: Bottled Water
Instead of waging war against muslim extremists or other enemies of America, liberals have decided to fight an all-out war against people drinking bottled water. No I am not kidding. Feel free to read the article and learn more about this anti-choice movement.
Happenings in China
A Google Earth user, checking areas believed to contain Chinese naval bases (Chinese language message boards and chat rooms, in China and elsewhere, are good sources of these kinds of leads), found an excellent image of the first of the Type 094 SLBM (Ballistic Missile carrying nuclear subs) boats. In response, China repeated warnings to its citizens that geographic and military information about China is a state secret, and you can go to prison if found cooperating withforeigners who are collecting this kind of information. China monitors Internet activity inside China and, increasingly, outside China as well (especially if it is in Chinese and deals with politics or military matters.)
Thirty Thai Special Forces troops have come to China to train with their Chinese counterparts. Thailand is currently run by a military committee, which deposed the elected government last year. The Thai generals have reached out to their fellow dictators in China.
Chinese military commanders have felt compelled to announce new measures to assure the quality of food served to its 2.3 million troops. The rash of food safety scandals lately has caused numerous rumors to break out in the military. There have been cases in the past of corrupt officers substituting cheaper, but tainted, food, for the wholesome stuff. New army regulations call for more inspections and higher standards of hygiene in military kitchens.
China is becoming increasingly aggressive against Falungong members outside China. Falungong is a religious movement that demonstrated against government restrictions, and triggered a massive government effort to destroy the movement. This is partly because, in Chinese history, there have been many cases where similar religious movements triggered widespread rebellion against the government. What China is doing now is using diplomatic pressure, especially against small and poor nations, to expel or suppress Falungong activity in their country (usually by Chinese migrants or tourists.)
China has set up an experimental "Peace Corps" for Africa. So far, 300 volunteers (selected from over 10,000 applicants) underwent three months of training, and then went to Africa to teach simple, but more advances, Chinese farming methods, as well as medical and public health procedures, and how to speak Chinese. The volunteers get round trip air fare, and a small monthly payment to help defray the cost of food and lodging. Volunteers are expected to forge links with Africans, gain knowledge of Africa, and improve China's image at a grass roots level.
Newt Is Right
After the execution-style deaths of three black college students in New Jersey, someone has to stand up and fight the elitists in this country, and I am proud to say Newt Gingrich is one such man. Read the article for more info.