Posted: 1/8/2003 3:14:56 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/8/2003 3:18:49 PM EDT by Hercules2400]
I guess that I underestimated Bush. This buildup is really all about S. Africa. TRICKY, REALLY TRICKY.
Manto: SA needs arms, not Aids drugs
London - South Africa cannot afford drugs to fight HIV/Aids partly
because it needs submarines to deter attacks from nations such as the
US, Health Minister Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang said.
Tshabalala-Msimang told the British newspaper Guardian that budgetary
priorities meant her department could not provide antiretrovirals to the
estimated 4.5m South Africans with HIV. "We don't have the money for
that. Where would it come from?"
Asked if it could come from defence savings from leaving out the
submarines which formed part of a £4bn arms deal, the minister said that
South Africa needed to deter aggressors: "Look at what Bush is doing. He
President Bush is expected to visit South Africa in January although
only as part of a diplomatic tour of several African countries.
Tshabalala-Msimang has been criticised by Aids activists for hindering
the distribution of anti-Aids drugs.
Arguing that the drugs have yet to be fully tested, she said the
priority for South Africans with HIV was food and called for donors to
help feed them.
Invade S. Africa?
We would benefit far more by invading Canada.