This is really funny:
WASHINGTON—In a stunning development that has left every federal institution reeling, the U.S. government’s legislative branch was arrested this afternoon on 23.3 million separate charges of manslaughter, sources confirmed.
Citing numerous lethal actions over nearly two and a half centuries—including negligent health care policies, failure to fund reconstruction on dangerously dilapidated roads and bridges, and repeatedly putting American soldiers in harm’s way in every armed conflict dating back to the War of 1812—authorities handcuffed all 535 members of Congress today and escorted them from the Capitol building amidst a throng of onlookers.
And yes, it is The Onion.
But as an aside, there is a kernel of truth here. The US has some of the worst statistics (poverty, life–expectancy, quality of infrastructure, health insurance coverage, crime and incarceration, etc) of any developed country. It doesn’t have to be that way.
Because that’s what some of them in Algeria have got, allegedly.
Of course, since the plague can kill people, the unfortunate possibility remains that this may be used as a weapon. Deliberately infecting a large city would be devastating and have far reaching effects, as unlike crashing an airplane into a building, the plague can spread. A quarantine is necessary, and having a media blackout where this happened, while it might avoid panic, makes it harder to track down people who may have been exposed.
Al-Qaeda is apparently worried that it might spreading to Afghanistan. If it actually has reached there, it will devastate the population as the Taliban could easily have been exposed and accidentally expose other. That includes foreign troops fighting there. An outbreak there, while it might end the war there, would be devastating to the population, as even with treatment, the plague will still kill one in twenty victims. It would likely impact the poor the worst, and someone would undoubtedly blame foreign troops for the plague. It may not even be possible to treat every one, so let’s hope there is not a major outbreak.
And if this is due to bioterrorism gone wrong, it is horrifying.
Remember that journalist who threw his shoes at George W. Bush, Muntadhar al-Zaidi? He has just demonstrated that peace and unity are possible in Iraq (hat tip to Phoenician in time of Romans).
I’m not going to duplicate PintoR’s post, but this is great. It shows that Iraqis cannot just be Sunnis, Shiites, Christians, Kurds, Turkmen, Arabs, Armenians, or Persians. It shows that Iraqis can be Iraqis.
And like PintoR, I’d like to wish Muntadhar al-Iraqi well, too.