Copyright © 2007 by Jay B. Gaskill
THE WISDOM OF WALLS, BOUNDARIES AND CELLULAR MEMBRANES
Jay B. Gaskill
The following two news reports are related. Can you connect the dots?
VIRULENT TB STRAIN LINKED TO 7 CASES SOUTH OF MARKET
By Sabin Russell, Chronicle Medical Writer
OFFICIALS FOIL PLAN TO ATTACK
SIX MEN ARRESTED IN ALLEGED TERRORIST PLOT ON NEW
By Dave Benjamin, Staff Writer
The arrest of six individuals and
the unraveling of a plot to attack the
There are five men charged with conspiracy to murder members of the uniformed services, which carries a maximum statutory penalty of life imprisonment. They are:
Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, 22, of
Eljvir Duka, 23, of
Dritan Duka, 28, of
Shain Duka, 26, of
brothers were all born in the former
… [T]he three Duka
brothers… first entered the
Note that two critically important facts have been omitted from
the Chronicle account: (1) the location of the infected hotel; (2) the fact
that the “virulent strain” of TB entered the
We have really two forms of pathogens here: (a) biological, in the form of a classic, contagious, drug resistant disease; (b) psycho-moral, in the form of an unbalanced mindset, highly receptive to the world’s latest cultural pathogen - the lunatic ideology of homicidal Islamism. Both are getting across our national boundaries.
I could end this line of thought with a single observation:
An uncritical, politically correct utopian acceptance of “one world, one people” will prove fatal to a very large number of people.
But there is more to say.
First, a Politically Correct disclaimer: Just as there are biologically
healthy immigrants from
But the larger point transcends politics: The global traffic in moving people, goods, services and ideas can be blamed for the introduction of dangerous new pathogens here and in other relatively peaceful areas of the developed world in much the same way that we might choose to blame the human circulatory system for diffusing harmful viruses and bacteria throughout the body. Without that circulation, we would sicken and die. But without cellular membranes and an active immune system we will sicken and die.
The boundaries between nation states function as the cellular membranes of civilization and their various police, security and military forces as the immune system. Our protective membrane is leaking badly.
THE MOUNTING EVIDENCE
At least 50 percent of those who contract this strain of TB will die of it, according to medical experts. In trying to stop the spread of the disease, which can be transmitted through coughing, spitting or even speaking, health officials have imposed sometimes extreme controls on infected people.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Morbidity and Mortality Report
In 2006, the TB rate among
foreign-born persons in the
As defined by
As the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) has decreased, the TB among foreign-born persons is of increasing importance. Throughout the 1990s the TB rate for foreign-born persons was at least 4-5 times that for US-born persons. The proportion of TB cases in foreign-born individuals increased to 42% in 1998.
To address the higher rate of TB
among foreign-born persons in the
Hospital News (hospitalnews.com)
B.C. physician says immigration policy poses health threat
By Lynn Wintercorn, Editor
Dr. Maria Hugi
is a victim of
"If the refugees apply oversees to the Canadian embassy, then our officials are supposed to screen them and they won't let them in if they have communicable diseases. But a lot of the refugees just throw themselves on our shores and immigration picks them up," says Dr. Hugi.
If people within
Her exposure to TB occurred in May
1998 when she was working in the emergency department at
Because of her exposure to TB and subsequent positive test, Dr. Hugi, who was 46, had to be put on a one-year course of the drug used to combat TB, which is very toxic to the liver in those over the age of 30. The problem with liver function tests is that "they're not very sensitive. I think 60% of your liver has to be damaged before your enzymes are elevated," she says. …"I just want everyone to know that when you are dealing with a refugee in a hospital, you have to be very vigilant. Put on a mask, use universal precautions with that person."
Dr. Hugi now says not to assume that the government has screened for contagious diseases. … “If we don't screen for infectious diseases and control them, "they're going to run rampant," Dr. Hugi warns. What especially angers her is that the government has rigid surveillance regarding plants, animals and fruit crossing the border, but not refugees. "It really does have dire implications for health care workers. We bear the brunt of all this nonsense at the border."
All of the available stories, statistics and example corroborate that wide open borders are life threatening to those of us who live here. In a recent statement, Markku Niskala, the head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said –
“The drug resistance that we are seeing now is without doubt the most alarming tuberculosis situation on the continent since World War Two”. That problem is soon to be ours.
At present, unlawful entrants into the
Let’s put left wing and right wing polemics aside to address the one serious immigration problem that trumps all the rest: We must quickly find a way to effectively screen those who cross our national boundaries, giving the highest priority for the foreign nationals who have been in locations where there are known risk factors.
If this means trespassing on political correctness, so be
it. In lieu of -or in addition to- a
national foreign visitor ID card (another modest proposal still “pending” in
the partisan in-box), we should require a medical clearance card for any foreign visitor- legal or otherwise who
has previously stayed in any area or region that has been certified by the CDC
to harbor a contagious pathogen and for all
illegal foreign visitors without exception, their claimed history of origin
notwithstanding. Individual “mercy trips”
I am keenly aware that many local police agencies decline to detain illegal aliens on a mere “INS offense” as a matter of explicit or implicit policy. These “no arrest” practices are driven by a mix of “sanctuary instructions” from city councils and by budgetary restraints affecting the disposition of limited police resources.
The public health issue should override all these concerns. Local authorities must explicitly be given the power enforce a medical clearance card law by arresting and detaining for medical examination all non compliant foreign nationals. Local police agencies should be given meaningful financial incentives to carry out enforcement, and made subject to a federal mandate (strengthened by financial disincentives) not to ignore this new public health imperative. Like a lot of long neglected problems, the initial burden of compliance will be significant. But, in case you haven’t noticed, we humans are in a technological arms race against “smart” pathogens. Our medical technologies are just one step against the new, virulent forms of TB, staphylococcus and “agents x, y & z”.
Getting control of our borders is urgently necessary to give us the breathing space needed to prevent the next pathogenic holocaust.