Anti-vax polio shootings continue in Pakistan

I am appalled to keep having to posts these stories.

BBC News – Three killed in separate Pakistan polio shootings.

Gunmen have shot dead at least two policemen providing security to a team of polio workers in north-west Pakistan. A polio worker was also killed in a separate attack, local media have reported.

The two policemen were travelling from the town of Swabi to Topi by motorbike when they were attacked.

The polio worker was shot on the outskirts of Peshawar.

The attacks are the latest in a series targeting polio teams in the country.

No one has officially claimed responsibility for the attacks but as we have discussed previously, when several other incidents resulted in death, Islamist militants hold the position that vaccination is un-Islamic and have attacked health workers giving polio vaccinations. The nonsense rumor is that the vaccinations are a plot to sterilize Muslims. Since we’ve been able to nearly eradicate polio around the world, except in these small enclaves, and we’re ALL still reproducing just fine, I do not know the basis for this particular claim. Nor will I ever understand it entirely since it is rooted in mistrust and misunderstanding as well as ignorance and irrationality.

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  4 comments for “Anti-vax polio shootings continue in Pakistan

  1. ZombyWoof
    December 13, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    So if they want to get polio and other diseases, let them. Islam is its own worst enemy.

  2. Lagaya1
    December 13, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    I read somewhere (maybe here) that an intelligence gathering team in the hunt for Bin Laden had worked with vaccination groups in Pakistan. That certainly didn’t help with the trust in vaccinations there, if true.

    • December 14, 2013 at 9:20 AM

      that is 100% true. The West is partly to blame for this situation. using vaccination and other aide workers as CIA agents and to collect information is the real reason behind much of this mistrust they are fostering. We can’t just blame this all on religion…I have been deeply ashamed that Obama approved this action. It has already cost children’s lives. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/jul/11/cia-fake-vaccinations-osama-bin-ladens-dna

      • Woody
        December 15, 2013 at 1:43 AM

        I don’t blame all religions for it, but I’m not scared to blame the clear offender in this case.

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