It’s a bad day to be a pig in Egypt. This is just the kind of overreactionary effort that isn’t going to help anything. I wasn’t aware that a predominantly muslim country had a large swine production capacity, but 300,000 of the critters are ironically marked for extermination because of who and what they are. A lot of Coptic pig farmers just got put out of business.
Meanwhile, muslim lawmakers in Kuwait and Bahrain are pressing the case that if only they’d been following a pig-free policy all along, swine flu would be restricted to the infidel, pig-eating countries.
“The outbreak of this flu, which has killed dozens, will make our case stronger to outlaw pork from the kingdom,” lawmaker Sheikh Adel Al-Moawada, who heads the Bahrain parliamentary foreign affairs and security committee, was quoted by local media as saying.
And who gave this guy a passing grade in his infectious disease studies at medical school?
“We are unlikely to have an outbreak since we don’t have pig farms here. We don’t have pig products and [the region where the strain emerged] is miles away from Kuwait,” said Dr. Khalid Al-Hasawi, deputy director-general of Kuwait’s Infectious Disease Hospital.
My kids know more about the infectious spread of Swine Flu, Mexico Flu, North American Flu, Non-Kosher/Non-Koranic Flu, or whatever the heck PC name you give this thing. Pigs are not direct infectious vectors now. You cannot get sick from eating pork. For that matter, you could kiss a pig and not get infected. (By the way, have you ever seen so much hoopla over the naming of a disease ? This ranks right up there with the re-naming of French fries to “Freedom” fries by some uber-patriotic idiots in the Congressional cafeteria back in the early days of the Iraq War.)
It’s Wednesday here, which for us Orthodox Christians is a fasting day, pork and pork products included. But first thing I’m gonna do tomorrow morning is have a bacon and egg breakfast taco, then a delicious ‘Hog Dog’ from a stand down the block (a grilled, bacon-wrapped hot dog with grilled onions and peppers), finally completing my porcine palate at dinnertime with the last of the Pascha ham in a big pot of slow-cooked lima beans. (Tomorrow my ankles are gonna be as big as ham hocks!)
UPDATE: It didn’t take the Coptic Christians of Egypt long to react to this ridiculousness. The Copts have been taking it for a long time by the muslim majority in Egypt. Churches burned, murders, arrests, forced conversion, but it takes hurting someone’s livelihood to finally cause the pot to boil over. I hope the Coptic community doesn’t suffer personal and governmental reprisals, but people can only be pushed around for so long.