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Posted: 4/29/2009 4:03:47 PM EDT
Are people really that dumb? Killing pigs all over the world due to a few cases of a new type of flu? There isnt even evidence that they pigs are transmitting the virus. Egyp is killing 300,000 pigs, every one in the country according to the article and they have had no cases. Or what is an arab country doing with pigs in the first place? They dont eat pork do they, isnt it against their religon?

Killing pigs
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 4:15:11 PM EDT
Panic is irrational by nature. Therefore actions derived from panic will most likely be irrational. Pork is also prohibited by Islam; it isn't surprising that predominantly Islamic countries are willing to slaughter a lot of pigs on a whim. This could probably also be tied to cultural beliefs tied to fate based on religion.

The cultural reactions are obvious in SE Asia and Eastern Asia. They are well versed in the airborne virus scare. Hell they even evolved so far as to having fashionable masks!!
http://cellar.org/2003/maskfashion.jpg



That and people are just plain ignorant and often stupid and easily scared.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 6:13:13 PM EDT
Was telling the wife about the OP. She said she read an article about why would a middle east country be with pigs. Seems that there are christens in Egypt. And they do eat pork and there is a market for it in Egypt.

Max
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 7:31:56 PM EDT
Ya.

There are pockets Christians all over the Middle East. There are Persian Jews in Iran as well. Go figure.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 8:27:22 PM EDT
My guess is that the Egyptians don't care that they're destroying the livelihood of Christians in the area.  It might just be intentional.
Link Posted: 4/29/2009 9:06:16 PM EDT
Originally Posted By PlaysWithAtoms:
My guess is that the Egyptians don't care that they're destroying the livelihood of Christians in the area.  It might just be intentional.


It certainly provides a nice cover story, now doesn't it?

Link Posted: 4/30/2009 8:00:29 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/30/2009 8:56:39 AM EDT
Why are they killing cops in Egypt?

Ha! Rimshot.

j/k some of my best friends are cops.
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