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Thursday, May 14, 2009

More Swine Flu Overreaction

I really take no pleasure in noting the ongoing hysteria in the Middle East, and especially in Egypt, over swine flu, but now Al-Masry al-Youm has found some experts to quote as saying that President Obama and his entire entourage must be quarantined and endure medical checks to make sure they don't introduce swine flu into Egypt. At this point I think Al-Masry al-Youm is one of the main agents of this hysteria. The Egyptian government has seemed pleased that Obama chose to make his address to the Islamic world from Egypt, and I doubt that they'll be eager to see calls for quarantining the President.

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