Stupid anti-Americanism kills Muslim children, others

That should be the headline of this article from AP. We also hear reports of despotic governments turning away U.S. food aid or limiting U.S. relief efforts in disaster situations. The old saying that prejudice can hurt the possessor more than the object is on display here. Unfortunately, the consequences of the stupidity of despots, bigoted clerics and deranged academics tend to fall on the innocent people around them. Excerpts below.

GENEVA, Jan. 12 -- Polio cases rose by more than half worldwide last year after a vaccine boycott in Nigeria led to a resurgence of the disease across Africa, the World Health Organization said Wednesday.

Most of the cases were in Africa -- largely in Nigeria, the continent's most populous nation. Hard-line Islamic clerics in Nigeria's northern state of Kano led the immunization boycott, claiming that the polio vaccine was part of a U.S.-led plot to render Muslims infertile or infect them with the AIDS virus.

The boycott triggered an outbreak across the continent, infecting children in formerly polio-free countries and hurting WHO-led attempts to eradicate the crippling disease by Dec. 31, 2005.

Posted by Jack at January 13, 2005 8:18 AM