|"Recent studies in Kenya have confirmed millions of Africans previously thought to have AIDS are disease free," noted the FAIR Foundation. In Kenya, as the BCC reported on January 9, 2004, estimates had put the figure at 15 percent, when a subsequent survey found only 6.7 percent infected.|
That's January 9, 2004more than two years before the Post published its correction of the record.
What the Post didn't acknowledge is the role it played in this fiasco. But writing in Human Events, Tom Bethell commented, "Back in 2000, the Washington Post was one of the main sources of hype about AIDS in Africa."
He explains: "The wildly exaggerated claims promoted by the mainstream media created an atmosphere of crisis. Guided by U.N. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Secretary of State Albright, the Clinton Administration took the issue of impending population collapse to the U.N. Security Council. African countries weren't going to be able to field armies or defend themselves because so many young men would soon be on their death beds."
It all comes down to money. If the number of AIDS victims was high, then the UN could lobby for more money. But now what is Bush going to do now that he's pledged $15Billion to combat AIDS in Africa? Maybe he can take the initiative and use that money to help hardworking US citizens to find gainful employment, to create jobs or to lower our tax rates.
That sounds like a good 'strategery'.