I was going to write this really long and detailed post about how it feels to have written 250 posts so far on this blog and how great it all was… But then a friend posted this on Facebook:
What the f*ck, right?
I’ll tell you what the f*ck. What is happening is that anti-vaccine extremists have made it difficult of people (mostly children) in several countries in the world to get vaccinated against polio. Then people from those countries are traveling to other parts of the world and taking polio with them. Where polio was only months, maybe weeks away from being eradicated from the face of the planet, we now have this polio emergency happening.
We almost had it, for God’s sakes! We almost eradicated a second human-only virus but we allowed anti-vaccine extremism to get in the way. I’ve told you before that ideas have consequences. Well, you’re seeing the consequences of the idea that either vaccines are bad, not needed, part of a plot, etc. Ideas shared by the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan, terrorists in Nigeria, and anti-vaccine activists in the United States. And I’m not afraid to make that comparison. Furthermore, I’m not afraid to state openly and publicly that our own merry band of wackos would probably not think twice about taking up arms and carrying out acts of violence if they felt they had no other chance… Or if they felt that they wouldn’t get caught.
And this, dear readers, is why we must continue to refute their nonsense.
Screw 250… Let’s go on to 251 and beyond!