THE U.S. AND THE STRUGGLE AGAINST EBOLA
By Manuel E. Yepe
A CubaNews translation. Edited by Walter Lippmann.
There are strong indications that the serious outbreak of Ebola facing humanity today does not come from Central Africa but this time arose from a new strain of the disease developed by U.S. government biological warfare laboratories. The virus was injected in humans in field trials carried out by the Department of Defense shortly before the current outbreak.
This is mentioned in an essay by the prominent investigative journalist Paul Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President Ronald Reagan’s administration and former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. This is also the conclusion reached by a group of 30 doctors and scientists published on the website of the New England Journal of Medicine. And it is also the view expressed by Liberian-born Dr. Cyril Broderick, professor at the University of Delaware who is a strong critic of the role of large pharmaceutical corporations.
The US government has a long history of using unaware human subjects for experiments and studies on the effects of diseases and their cures.
An interesting fact brought out by Roberts is that there were persons who had advance warning that there would be an outbreak of Ebola. The New York Daily News reported that Phoenix Air, an aviation company based in the capital of Arizona, has a specially-equipped plane to transport Ebola patients; and the company´s Vice-President said it took two-and-a-half years to equip and ready that plane. It is recalled that the first Ebola outbreak began only six or seven months ago.
Francis Boyle, a law professor at the University of Illinois, who has been known for his reporting on Washington’s fallacies, has recalled that Sierra Leone and Liberia, the most affected nations by the Ebola outbreak, are the two West African countries where the United States government operates laboratories specializing in biological warfare experiments. Professor Boyle also wonders how a disease discovered in Zaire could have reached Western Africa three thousand miles away.
Health authorities in the US have not imposed quarantine on travel to the United States from infected countries. U.S. airlines keep flying to and from infected countries despite the risk of introducing new cases, said Roberts. Africans are doing a much better job than the hegemonic superpower: they have closed their borders, prevented air travel, and are tracking infected persons and those exposed to infection.
Roberts regrets that, rather than taking reasoned precautions, Washington has appointed a “czar” (a lawyer –not a doctor– who served as chief of staff for Vice President Joseph Biden) to head everything related to the Ebola crisis. Instead of doctors, they are sending 4,000 soldiers to infected areas.
On Wednesday October 15, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed a second positive case of Ebola in the nation. She was a nurse at a hospital in Dallas, who expected to be transferred to one of four hospitals in the country with an isolation unit at the highest level for a proper management of Ebola cases. The nurse, who had direct and extensive contact with the first patient who died, was only under “observation”, but was never isolated nor quarantined, so she could travel to Cleveland by plane on October 13. The CDC is now working on the identification and location of all the individuals who may have been on that plane.
This case has generated intense exchanges of mutual accusations. The CDC and other authorities blame the infected nurse for not following the protection protocols properly. The National Nurses United (NNU) insisted that “our nurses are not protected or trained to treat patients with Ebola, nor for the management of any other pandemic. (…) The protocols for Ebola case management which should have been followed in Dallas were not implemented and nor are they anywhere in the United States.”
Meanwhile, the most diverse conspiracy theories about the origins of the epidemic are spreading faster than Ebola itself. “And the conspiracies might be true,” says Paul Craig Roberts and asks, “Just as Republicans want to privatize and subcontract everything, why not shut down Washington and subcontract our administration to a more competent country?”
October 22, 2014.
Los Angeles, California
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