Saturday, February 16, 2008

Invasion by stealth

Tainted heparin from China, killing unfortunate patients who receive it by injection: it’s just the latest in a long string of poisoned, defective, counterfeit, or otherwise bogus and harmful products from our largest trading “partner.” Lead in kids’ toys and lunchboxes and backpacks and jewelry; date-rape drug in children’s craft kits; lead in ceramic pottery; counterfeit anti-malarial drugs; antifreeze-contaminated toothpaste and cough syrup; melamine-contaminated “food grade” gluten; rotted fish sold as food; expired foods repackaged and sold as fresh; foods laced with carcinogens such as formaldehyde, and cosmetics made from the skin of executed prisoners.

China makes:

• 70-80% of toys sold in U.S

• 70% of world’s penicillin

• 80% of world’s ascorbic acid

• 50% of world’s aspirin

• most of world’s vitamins

Chinese pharmaceuticals such as heparin, polio vaccine, anti-malarial drugs, and others have been found to be counterfeit and/or tainted, and glycerine-containing products like cough syrup and toothpaste have been found contaminated with antifreeze.

Keep in mind that many pharmaceuticals are injected, and also consider how many of us take vitamins every day to help stay healthy. None of these substances are tested before you take them into your body.

What does it mean when, “for a growing number of important food products, China has become virtually the only source in the world”? It means that we have no choice but to trust them to provide us with clean and pure food products, but their track record means that if we do place this trust in them, we are simply fools.

China made U.S. tires cheaper by eliminating a key safety feature which caused the tires to fall apart in use, which caused vehicle wrecks.

Chinese digital picture frames were (and undoubtedly still are) being sold containing extremely malicious viruses that attack computers and steal data once the frames are connected to a computer for the downloading of photos. Where are most (if not all) computers made today? What is being included in those computers from the time of purchase?

China has made it clear that we cannot trust our bodily safety, our physical safety, or our technological safety to their better impulses. What can this be but a stealth assault? How much more effective than terrorism or war would it be to attack one’s enemies through their food supply, their pharmaceuticals, their industrial products, and their information tech devices? First make them stupid, through pernicious drugs and poisons that they purchase and consume voluntarily, and then make them wholly dependent upon you for their manufactured products, and then attack the integrity of their computerized systems of all sorts (and particularly financial), and then you can take them down without much resistance at all. Child’s play.

Are we so stupid, so oblivious, so weakened already that we can’t see what is happening?
“ ‘It is not just that food from China is cheap,’ said William Hubbard, a former associate director of the FDA. ‘For a growing number of important food products, China has become virtually the only source in the world.’ […] So pervasive is the U.S. hunger for cheap imports, experts said, that the executive branch itself has repeatedly rebuffed proposals by agency scientists to impose even modest new safety rules for foreign foods.”
- Washington Post, May 20, 2007
Well I think that answers my question.

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