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9 health workers murdered in Pakistan due to rumored plot that it is a ruse by the Americans to sterilize or spy on Muslims.

Rumors of plot to sterilize Muslims with polio vaccine spark killings in Pakistan

Updated 8:00 p.m. ET with new video: PESHAWAR, Pakistan — 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.

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.

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.


Regardless of where you stand on vaccines, why do you think this is happening and how (if possible) are we able to combat this kind of thinking, or do you think these people have a reason to feel this way?



Asked by QuinnMae at 10:21 AM on Dec. 21, 2012 in Politics & Current Events

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  • This is a common tactic by extremist Imams - the Fred Phelpses of the Muslim world. There are thousands of children in Africa who have died of commonly curable childhood diseases, because the local Imam told the parents the UNICEF vaccines were actually going to kill or sterilize them, as part of an evil American plot.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:26 AM on Dec. 21, 2012

  • Not much you can do about it. This is how they believe. They spread it by hysteria. This happens here to, just not like you would imagine.

    Answer by m-avi at 10:33 AM on Dec. 21, 2012

  • I think they are wise to question the motives of the US. After all, our government is over there with drones, killing many innocent people. Maybe if we want to combat them thinking we are evil intentioned, we should stop being evil.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:51 PM on Dec. 21, 2012

  • There's really no way to change their minds. It's sad, but if they want people to suffer the effects of the disease even though they don't have to, well so be it I guess.

    Answer by anime_mom619 at 10:41 AM on Dec. 21, 2012

  • I read somewhere that this was one of the tactics our military used to find OBL, by using health workers to get to the children of OBL to take DNA samples to verify the likelihood that it was him in the compound.

    Another question if this tactic is used commonly, then aren't we and other organizations essentially putting a target on the back of innocent health workers that are there doing humanitarian work?  


    Comment by QuinnMae (original poster) at 10:29 AM on Dec. 21, 2012

  • "After all, our government is over there with drones, killing many innocent people. Maybe if we want to combat them thinking we are evil intentioned, we should stop being evil...."Anonymous
    Are you out of your fucking mind?? We are talking about about a country who kept Osama hidden from us. This country did nothing to the Taliban after they targeted a young girl and tried to murder her cause she just wanted to to go school. Now cause of this, she has asked Pakistan's government to remove her name from a college in Swat valley after pupils held protests saying it made them a Taliban target. All they want is to go to school!!!!!! The Taliban shooting these healthcare workers is another tactic top keep the people in line, and doing what they say. But yet you call America EVIL?????? You are out of your ever loving fucking mind and you really should go see a mental health doctor. Or, better yet

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 8:05 PM on Dec. 21, 2012

  • ...since you think America is evil, then get the hell out. And don't let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya.

    Answer by Michigan-Mom74 at 8:07 PM on Dec. 21, 2012