The Mexican Flu Or The Obama Flu?
Because of the peril of swine flu,
Joe Biden said yesterday,
he would urge his family to stay out of
like airplanes and subways here in the United
Yet, the Obama administration will
not consider closing the United States to airplanes and
buses coming in from the
epicenter of the epidemic, Mexico City.
Does this contradiction make sense?
America, at this writing, has
recorded fewer than 100 cases of the swine flu. One
victim has died, a 2-year-old Mexican boy. He was flown
out of Mexico City to Matamoros, crossed over with his
parents into Texas, was taken to a hospital in
Brownsville, terribly sick, then transferred to a
Houston hospital. There he died.
Clear from this is that Mexicans,
seriously ill, may
head for the United States, where the medical care
is known to be far superior and also free for the
This is understandable.
What is not is the United States
conducting business as usual on the Mexican border, when
tourists are fleeing Cancun, cruise ships refuse to put
in to Mexican ports, Texas is closing schools,
Europeans are shutting airports to flights from
Mexico City and Obama is telling parents to pull the
kids out of school if the flu shows up.
Is this a serious medical menace to
Americans or not?
Some scientists claim this is a
mild hybrid strain of the flu that visits every season,
no big deal. But the World Health Organization has
threat level of H1N1 swine flu to Category 5. This
means the world is at imminent risk of a pandemic. Yet,
the death toll, as of now, is only one in the United
States, and 159 out of 2,500 sickened in Mexico.
Still, the political fallout here
could be immense.
According to Secretary of Homeland
Security Janet Napolitano, in a normal flu season,
35,000 Americans die. Thirty-five thousand! That is more
than 10 times the number who died on 9-11 and about as
many as we lost in the Korean War.
And if this Mexican flu is anything
like the Hong Kong flu that killed 33,000 Americans in
1968-69, or, Lord forbid, the Spanish Flu that killed
25 million to 50 million worldwide in 1918-19—more
Americans died from it than all the Americans killed in
World Wars I and II combined—this administration is
dangerously behind the curve.
Back in 1980, Gov. Jerry Brown`s
refusal to use the pesticide malathion on the
Mediterranean fruit fly
almost killed his career. For the Medflies made it
over the mountains into the Central Valley and
ravaged California`s crops and orchards. And we were
only talking then about
farm produce, not tens of thousands of lives
Obama`s coolness may prove correct.
But if he is perceived at having
refused to close the border to buses bringing in sick
Mexicans, or airports to planes coming in from Mexico
City, so as not to offend the open-borders crowd, and a
deadly epidemic ensues, full responsibility will be his.
And he will pay a far greater price than
George W. Bush did for being
AWOL in Katrina.
For a president`s first duty is not
NAFTA-mandated free flow of goods and people between
the United States and Mexico, but to protect the health
and lives of the American people.
In the 1940s, it was
not uncommon, when there was an outbreak of measles,
mumps, chicken pox, scarlet fever or polio, for homes
and families to be quarantined until it could be
demonstrated to health authorities that everyone in the
house was free of the disease.
Under NAFTA, GATT and
threw open her doors to mass immigration and
accepted an invasion of illegal aliens that brought 12
million to 20 million into the country.
them has come a raft of diseases never seen here before,
or eradicated years ago: multiple drug resistant
leprosy, measles, syphilis,
disease, dengue fever and new strains of
hepatitis. Even bed
invaded half the American states.
Mexican swine flu may prove to be, it is wreaking
havoc in Mexico. And, already, that country is suffering
from a collapse in the price of
sells to the United States, a reduction in the
remittances sent back from Mexican workers in the United
States due to the downturn here and a collapse in
due to the
cartels war that took 6,000 lives last year.
Now, with tourists fleeing, hotels
emptying out and athletic events being canceled, Mexico
could be hit with a second devastating economic blow,
from which she does not soon recover.
In January, the U.S. Joint Forces
Command identified [PDF]
two large nations in real danger of
"rapid and sudden
Unfortunately, the boys at the JFC
seem to have gotten it right.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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