Video: Taliban kills 9 aid workers vaccinating children against polio

posted at 6:41 pm on December 20, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Polio, which once ravaged the world, now only routinely occurs in only three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.  The UN has launched a campaign to vaccinate children in these areas to wipe the disease out once and for all.  However, the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan has decided that this effort is an American conspiracy to “make men less manly and make women more excited and less bashful” — and have begun assassinating aid workers who only hoped to save children from the ravages of what should be an extinct disease:

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Pakistan may be one of the world’s three remaining polio-stricken countries but Sartaj Khan has decided that the government-sponsored vaccination campaign is much more sinister than it appears.

“These vaccines are meant to destroy our nation,” said Khan, a 42-year-old lawyer in the city of Peshawar. “The [polio] drops make men less manly, and make women more excited and less bashful. Our enemies want to wipe us out.”

Khan is not alone in the belief, propagated by extremist groups, that is gaining currency in the Pashtun belt of northwestern Pakistan: The government’s anti-polio campaign is a ruse by the Americans to sterilize or spy on Muslims. …

The belief has turned deadly: Nine anti-polio workers have been killed by gunmen on motorcycles this week. Some of those killed were teenage girls. Following the violence, the United Nations pulled back all staff involved in the vaccination campaign and officials suspended it in some parts of the country.

They point to the covert effort to discover Osama bin Laden as evidence:

Many also believe that much like the Pakistani physician, Dr. Shakeel Afridi, who helped the CIA run a fake vaccination program to establish the presence of Osama bin Laden, the army of health workers employed to vaccinate the country’s children are also on the United States’ payroll.

Ironically, it’s the Taliban’s own tribe that is most at risk.  NBC reports that the Pashtun comprise 15% of Pakistan’s population, but suffered from 75% of reported polio cases.  Islamists in all three polio nations have attempted to disrupt the vaccinations, but the disruptions have turned deadly in Pakistan.

The connection to the OBL raid prompts a couple of tough questions.  American intelligence is already barred from impersonating journalists in covert operations in order to keep from endangering correspondents in war-torn areas, although it’s arguable how much effect that has on suspicions of espionage by journalists among combatants.  Should that ban be extended to the impersonation of medical personnel, too?  Or maybe it would have just been better if we hadn’t flapped our gums so much about how we finally discovered and confirmed OBL’s hiding place in Abbottabad.  I’ll bet that is Dr. Afridi’s opinion, too.

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Truly sad that the innocent among them suffer at the hands of madmen.

Encarn on December 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM

They do have a point.

Rev. Wright revealed that the white devils introduced AIDS to Africa to try to kill black people.

CorporatePiggy on December 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Wonder who/what the left will blame? The guns or the Taliban?

txhsmom on December 20, 2012 at 6:46 PM

They shot a young Brit who was a physical therapist who specialized in fitting prosthesis, a good skill in that god forsaken country. They’ve shot other women who tried to teach women there job skills.

Blake on December 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM

make women more excited and less bashful. Our enemies want to wipe us out.”

Wouldn’t that do the opposite?

Socratease on December 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Wonder who/what the left will blame? The guns or the Taliban?

txhsmom on December 20, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Could always blame the drug companies:
“These vaccines are meant to destroy our nation,” said Khan, a 42-year-old lawyer in the city of Peshawar. “The [polio] drops make men less manly, and make women more excited and less bashful. Our enemies want to wipe us out.”

If it were someone yammering about the evil profits you’d almost think they were liberals.

How much is the US government spending in these places again and why?

kim roy on December 20, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Yeah, I wish the O would espouse the literacy and overall cultural contributions Islam has given the world in the last century again. It was a hoot the first time he said it, it’ll be better now.

Fuquay Steve on December 20, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Wonder who/what the left will blame? The guns or the Taliban?

txhsmom on December 20, 2012 at 6:46 PM

They will ignore it. They stand to gain nothing politically on the domestic scene, so no big deal. Same reason the militant feminists never make any noise about treatment of women in muzzie countries. It doesn’t advance their political agenda.

predator on December 20, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Just quarantine the place. No internet, no phone lines, no medical aid, no electricity, no books, no airplane flights. They want to live like it’s the dark ages? Give them what they want, good and hard.

Socratease on December 20, 2012 at 6:51 PM

They shot a young Brit who was a physical therapist who specialized in fitting prosthesis, a good skill in that god forsaken country. They’ve shot other women who tried to teach women there job skills.

Blake on December 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM

And the morons here think that “forcing” someone to pay the freight on their own birth control is a “war on women”.

kim roy on December 20, 2012 at 6:52 PM

The religion of peace strikes again.

Or maybe it would have just been better if we hadn’t flapped our gums so much about how we finally discovered and confirmed OBL’s hiding place in Abbottabad. I’ll bet that is Dr. Afridi’s opinion, too.

But it was a no-brainer! Ya gotta break a few eggs for the greater glory of the jug-eared jesus, after all.

Naturally Curly on December 20, 2012 at 6:53 PM

All right folks… 8 hours until the end of the World, raise your hand if you forgot to Loid your Girns… o_O

SWalker on December 20, 2012 at 6:59 PM

The Taliban logic resembles that of the Obama administration… pure fantasy.

HopeHeFails on December 20, 2012 at 7:03 PM

7th Century

Oil Can on December 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Just quarantine the place. No internet, no phone lines, no medical aid, no electricity, no books, no airplane flights. They want to live like it’s the dark ages? Give them what they want, good and hard.

Socratease on December 20, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Float the idea that electricity causes homosexuality.

Done and done.

Axe on December 20, 2012 at 7:06 PM

well

they could have saved so many children who would grow up, ignorant and brutal, and if lucky, move to the west as asylum seekers and live off welfare as they plot to murder the infidel.

ploome on December 20, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Savages..freaking savages.. CAIR has a #myjihad campaign going on and they are trying to get rid of the real meaning of jihad..well this is the taliban’s: #myjihad is to rid the world of infidels, persecute christians and other minorities and treat women like dogs.

Such good people they are

sadsushi on December 20, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Tell me again why we are fighting over there. I like the quarantine idea.

chemman on December 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM

But, but, but…

… according to the Ojesus camp and their media pawns, our enemies are decimated, on their knees, on the run, decapitated, and generally a non-factor.

Oh wait…

… that was BEFORE the election.

hillbillyjim on December 20, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Or maybe it would have just been better if we hadn’t flapped our gums so much about how we finally discovered and confirmed OBL’s hiding place in Abbottabad. I’ll bet that is Dr. Afridi’s opinion, too.

Sins of my president being visited on innocent bystanders. What’s needed is more President Control.

Dusty on December 20, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Or maybe it would have just been better if we hadn’t flapped our gums so much about how we finally discovered and confirmed OBL’s hiding place in Abbottabad. I’ll bet that is Dr. Afridi’s opinion, too.

More blood on Dear Liar’s hands. You don’t talk about these things. For a reason.

rbj on December 20, 2012 at 7:27 PM

stories like this make me thankful that we have sharia compliant people in the highest offices

tom daschle concerned on December 20, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Should intelligence officers stop impersonating medical personnel? Well, since medical personnel are specifically listed as protected persons in the Geneva Conventions, I’m guessing that having a military member claim that status for espionage purposes counts as a war crime. The reason they have such “protected persons” is so the rival forces don’t execute medical personnel on sight. Like we’re seeing now.

msr on December 20, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Just let all ‘em towel-headed morons die. Better yet, do to them what the pilgrims did to Natives. Yeah, some would say it is despicable, but they’d do same to us given half a chance. And they will, eventually, as soon as they break out of the Stone Age. For our descendants’ sake, do not let them.

Archivarix on December 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM

They were just being good muslims following murderer mohammad and the murder book koran.

VorDaj on December 20, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Remember, the Taliban are the ones that Ojesus decided need be part of “the conversation”.

Negotiated surrender isn’t the best option IMO.

hillbillyjim on December 20, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Tell me again why we are fighting over there.

chemman on December 20, 2012 at 7:18 PM

So that our Perfumed Price Generals can get more baubles for which to adorn their gaudy uniforms.

VorDaj on December 20, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Remember Obama’s latest edict: we are not supposed to bad-mouth the Taliban.

bw222 on December 20, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Please stop helping the terrorists’ young to survive.

Odysseus on December 20, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Savages..freaking savages.. CAIR has a #myjihad campaign going on and they are trying to get rid of the real meaning of jihad..well this is the taliban’s: #myjihad is to rid the world of infidels, persecute christians and other minorities and treat women like dogs.

Such good people they are

sadsushi on December 20, 2012 at 7:12 PM

You are lucky you aren’t in the Army or our PPG’s (Perfumed Pimp Generals) would have you up on charges for saying such islamopmobia blasphemy.

VorDaj on December 20, 2012 at 7:43 PM

And Brando’s “pile of little arms” story in Apocalypse Now was considered over-the-top. Pfft.

DarthBrooks on December 20, 2012 at 7:45 PM

If the Imams tell the people that the vaccines will make them sterile, made with unclean pigs or just plain slowly kill them with poison. What will they tell when they want to paint the west in the worst possible way that would start a riot. Say they made a movie that no one watched but sent to everyone’s phone.

tjexcite on December 20, 2012 at 7:48 PM


“The future must not belong to those who insult the prophet of Islam…!” – Preezy Oblahblah

Seven Percent Solution on December 20, 2012 at 7:59 PM

“The future must not belong to those who insult the prophet of Islam…!” – Preezy Oblahblah

Seven Percent Solution on December 20, 2012 at 7:59 PM

You forgot to preface it with the never-tiring:

“Scripture tells us…”

———Obarky

hillbillyjim on December 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Aid Workers are getting bumped off……………

Update: Death toll reaches 9 in attacks on Pakistani anti-polio teams, officials say – @AP

8 mins ago from http://www.foxnews.com by editor
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The Aid Worker Security Database (AWSD)

https://aidworkersecurity.org/incidents/report/victims

canopfor on December 20, 2012 at 5:33 AM

canopfor on December 20, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Stupid is as stupid does.

claudius on December 20, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Watching the Breaking News page,daily,I have seen,alot of aid workers
getting snuffed out,and this caught my eye as well!

December 3, 2012, 11:26 pm
Christian Aid Worker Is Shot in Pakistan

HONG KONG — A Swedish woman doing charity work through her evangelical church was shot outside her home in Lahore on Monday, according to news reports from Pakistan. A gunman riding a motorcycle fired at the 72-year-old woman as she got out of her car in the upscale Model Town neighborhood.

It was not immediately clear whether the attack was sectarian in nature or was perhaps linked to another event Monday in Model Town in which masked gunmen vandalized a cemetery.

Reports differed about the name of the shooting victim — Bargeeta Almby or Bargetta Emmi — although the Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed to The Associated Press that a Swedish woman had been critically wounded in an attack. Some reports said she had been shot in the chest, while another said she had been hit in the neck.

News reports said the woman had lived in Pakistan for nearly 40 years and worked with the Full Gospel Assemblies Church, although Simeon Strauser, a pastor and the chairman of the ministry, which is based in Pennsylvania, told Rendezvous in an e-mail message on Tuesday that Ms. Almby was not affiliated with his church.

Christian groups in Pakistan and the national Human Rights Commission condemned the shooting.(More…)
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http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/03/christian-aid-worker-is-shot-in-pakistan/

canopfor on December 20, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Islamists in all three polio nations have attempted to disrupt the vaccinations

Winstin Churchill said of Islam over a hundred years ago: “No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”

My how times haven’t changed.

logis on December 20, 2012 at 8:48 PM

If we had any brains, we’d hit these idiots with a polio weapon and solve a huge problem. Good way to end the moron Taliban.

fleiter on December 20, 2012 at 8:50 PM

“These vaccines are meant to destroy our nation,” said Khan, a 42-year-old lawyer in the city of Peshawar. “The [polio] drops make men less manly, and make women more excited and less bashful. Our enemies want to wipe us out.”

And this is what passes for an educated man in the Third World.

And then some of them come over here and then we automatically have to love them because of the Statue of Liberty, Jesus or whatever else bolsters the politically correct self-images of Liberals and certain Conservatives alike.

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 20, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Fine. whatever. While we travel to the stars, these guys will be trying to figure out this whole bubonic plague thing.

kurtzz3 on December 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Fine. whatever. While we travel to the stars, these guys will be trying to figure out this whole bubonic plague thing.

kurtzz3 on December 20, 2012 at 9:11 PM

NASA will find something over there with a PhD behind their name, put them in a suit and bring them along…and then Time will have a huge article on how Dr. Ali did all the work and made the mission a rousing success!

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 20, 2012 at 9:20 PM

“The future must not belong to those who insult the prophet of Islam…!” – Preezy Oblahblah

Seven Percent Solution on December 20, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Well those aid workers sure don’t have a future, so Herr Husein’s wishes are coming true.

VorDaj on December 20, 2012 at 9:22 PM

…great religon…great people!

KOOLAID2 on December 20, 2012 at 10:33 PM

It’s clear that we need to ban firearms in Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. This senseless violence must be stopped.

flataffect on December 21, 2012 at 12:52 AM

That Tallywacker is right about me wanting to wipe him out part.

Sherman1864 on December 21, 2012 at 1:06 AM

I wonder if there has ever been a time in human history that people have willingly deceived themselves on this scale.

This has got to be the first time in history that people have stopped acting in their best interest.

-Despite the body count, Islam isn’t dangerous; it’s just different.
-We can spend as much money as we want now and worry about paying the debt never.
-Laws that restrict law-abiding citizens’ access to firearms will hinder criminals.
-Even though climate models are made with absurdly unrealistic inputs, I’m going to believe their predictions. I don’t know any of the science behind the theory of global warming, but I’m going to go out of my way to alter my lifestyle in an attempt to influence the climate.

ad nauseum

My theory is that Christianity made the West comfortable with the idea of doing things sacrificially that were not in our own best interests because we were pursuing the greater good. But since Christianity has become the universal scapegoat and as a result isn’t the measure of morality anymore, the desire to “do good” has become an irrational, emotional impulse instead of a conscious, determined effort with tempered expectations.

Gone with Christianity is the idea of a fallen world that absolutely cannot be fixed, but the desire to pursue goodness remains. As a result, rational and realistic efforts at improvement are replaced by utopianism. They don’t have the safety net understanding that the world is broken, so every problem has a solution.

That’s why there is a persistent belief that Islam can fit into the utopia. There is no evil after Christianity except for Christianity itself.

gatsbysgirlontheside on December 21, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Sad. The next Bin Laden may have to operate out of an Iron Lung.

BL@KBIRD on December 21, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Or maybe it would have just been better if we hadn’t flapped our gums so much about how we finally discovered and confirmed OBL’s hiding place in Abbottabad. I’ll bet that is Dr. Afridi’s opinion, too.

No kidding. Why don’t we ship some viagra and ky jelly over there and keep them so busy they won’t have time for jihad.

Kissmygrits on December 21, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Wonder who/what the left will blame? The guns or the Taliban?

txhsmom on December 20, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Sarah Palin and George W. mmmBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOSH!!!!!!

williamg on December 21, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Trying to help them is useless, especially when they refuse to help themselves.

mixplix on December 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Let them rot, they are not worth the blood of s single American.

georgeofthedesert on December 22, 2012 at 1:10 PM