Thursday, November 03, 2005

The Gift of Malaria

Over at Collecting my Thoughts, Norma reminds us of the horrific costs of banning DDT spraying in the third world.

While the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a vaccine is admirable and praiseworthy, very little attention is focused on just how unnecessary these deaths were.

Humility might be defined as taking account of the hidden (and not-so-hidden) costs of our charitable schemes. Those like the secular saint Rachel Carson, whose psuedo-science so enraptured the intellectuals, have left a trail of barely-hidden bodies.

May tomorrow's "fighters for justice" exercise more prudence and intelligence.


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