Monday, May 4, 2009

In Egypt everything is God's will - even H1N1 and H5N1

Riots broke out in Cairo yesterday as pig farmers trying to prevent their animals from being slaughtered clashed with police. All this while governments of the world argued about what the change the name of "swine flu" to. "Mexican Flu" and "North American Flu" were names being considered by pork producers in Brazil, while Israeli officials objected to the use of the word "swine" because pork is not kosher. U.S. health officials associated with the agricultural industry have opted for the more generic sounding "H1N1 flu". But it all comes too little, too late for the pig farmers of the world who have seen countless animals slaughtered needlessly and rapidly declining pork sales. As far as Egypt is concerned, I seem to remember the same thing happening with "Bird Flu" back in 2006. But take a look at what what people in Egypt said after 2 recent cases of "Bird Flu or H5N1 Virus":

Don’t Blame The Chickens For Latest Bird Flu Death Say Egyptians
"It was the will of God that she died. The chickens had nothing to do with it," says Husseini Ahmed Amine, 54, a furniture maker who employs a son of the dead woman, who was aged 50.

Bird flu blamed in Egypt child's death
"The police have seized the chickens from the market," said Hayem Mohammed, a heavyset woman with gold looped earrings and an aluminum cane. "Why should we be scared? We all believe in God and God's will."

"People aren't scared," he said. "They understand this bird flu scare is all a trick to kill the business of local chicken producers so importers connected to the government can make big money. That's what this is all about."

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