Another hateful thing

Thugs with guns killed a volunteer who was handing out polio vaccine to children under 5 in Baluchistan.

Not much more to say really.

Except this.

Pakistan is one of only three countries where the highly infectious crippling disease remains endemic, along with Afghanistan and Nigeria.

There have been 30 confirmed cases of polio in Pakistan this year according to the government, 22 of them in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.

Another day, another bad thing done.


  1. says

    Didn’t the CIA/SEALS/WhateverSmellyRose use vaccine providing volunteers as a cover as part of their operation to get Bin Laden? Now the thugs can ‘justify’ their actions with ‘well I thought the guy was a spook’.

  2. sc_3b82046bdb502ea36e9b525b6a8a51ae says

    Talking about hate, Violencecratz has been sacked from his job in a finance company. He’s posted a begging message for donations. I’m waiting for the appropriate criminal charges to be brought. I hope someone has reported the child porn to the police. Apologies for being off topic, but someone just tweeted the news.

  3. says

    He was probably targeted because of his vaccination efforts. This is probably related to the use of immunization as a pretense to collect a DNA sample for identification purposes before the raid on Osama bin Laden.

  4. No Light says

    August – there were also rumours that mass-vax programs were an American plot to sterilise Muslims.

  5. anthrosciguy says

    Yes, when you have the CIA running phoney vaccintion programs in a country where the CIA does bad stuff, and where the CIA’s country also shoots people from drones, for some odd reason they come to not trust people doing vaccinations. Aren’t they an odd funny inscrutable sort of culture.

  6. Acolyte of Sagan says

    In the words of Britain’s most famous (now dead) polio victim; “There ain’t half been some clever bastards”. I don’t recall him mentioning that they had guns though.

  7. Brian M says

    inscrutable, anthro, inscrutable is indeed the proper term.

    While joining in the general horror at this act, we should also turn our eyes to the horrors created by the United States military. The Taliban are amateurs. The Iraqi insurgents are nothing. The United States government leveled and entire city (Fallujah), and birth defects and cancers have skyrocketed in Iraq since our “liberation”. I would venture that the Great Libyan Adventure is turning out well.

    I know that such realities are not the focus of this blog and you cannot focus on everything. But still…and this may be tone trolling…there is a whiff of “look at those savages in said foreign culture” when one’s own culture is engaged in far worse savagery. I don’t have an answer to that problem, so I’ll be quiet now, but…

  8. embertine says

    Horrible, but not surprising, in the face of such ignorance being propogated worldwide about vaccines.

    Off topic, but did you spell it Baluchistan because you’ve been reading too much Georgette Heyer*?

    *A clause which makes no sense for any known meaning of those words

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