The Taliban’s Jihad on Polio Vaccines

The Pakistani Taliban’s unending war on children continues unabated as the Islamist terror group in the past month has shot and killed 16 health aid workers for administering polio vaccines to children.

The execution of the polio workers — mostly young women in their teens and early 20s — is the Taliban’s latest effort to forestall a United Nations-backed polio immunization drive in Pakistan, one of three countries (along with Afghanistan and Nigeria) where the disease still remains endemic.

The most recent Taliban victims were six female health workers and a male doctor in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, all brutally slain when the van they were riding in was sprayed with bullets fired from automatic weapons wielded by Taliban gunmen.

Their gruesome deaths had been preceded in mid-December when over a span of two days, Taliban gunmen in the Pakistani cities of Peshawar and Karachi killed 9 health workers, seven of whom were women.

Those victims, one who was only 14 years old, were all shot in the head execution-style, including two women who were slain while they were in the process of administering polio drops to children.

Perhaps not to be outdone by its jihadist brethren, as these killings were being committed Taliban in the eastern Afghanistan province of Kapisa shot and killed a 16-year-old schoolgirl for reportedly working as a volunteer on a local UN-funded polio-immunization program.

While the Pakistani Taliban has denied responsibility for the murderous spree, Pakistan police said culpability for the brutal and well-coordinated attacks led unmistakably to the doorstep of the barbaric Islamist militant group.

That conclusion should come as little surprise given that the Taliban and its Islamist allies in the region have long been threatening violence toward those who dare to participate in efforts to protect vulnerable children from the dreaded viral disease.

Those threats had been openly announced back in July when the Taliban issued an edict banning UN-backed health workers from administering polio vaccine in its territory, claiming the vaccinators were really US spies in disguise trying to locate new Taliban targets for American drone strikes.

Despite the ludicrousness of that charge, it should be noted that the Taliban developed a skeptical view toward vaccination campaigns of any kind after it learned the United States had used a fake anti-hepatitis immunization campaign to help capture and kill Osama bin Laden in May 2011.

As a result, the Taliban has fought to disrupt any effort aimed to inoculate the nearly 300,000 children living in the Taliban-controlled region along the Afghan-Pakistan border, an area that represents 75 percent of all polio cases in Pakistan.

To some, however, the Taliban’s aversion toward the polio immunization campaign is simply just a cover for its broader and more deadly hostility aimed at female health workers.

That animus was brutally on display from 2007 to 2010 when the Taliban controlled the Swat Valley in Pakistan’s Khyber province and instituted a Sharia-based reign of terror which included such niceties as public segregation of the sexes; bans on music, movies, and television; a ban on girls’ education; and public whippings, beatings and stoning meted out to violators of the new rules.

During that time, the Taliban also launched a targeted war against women serving as Lady Health Workers (LHW), a Pakistani government program where women provide basic community health services in rural and poverty stricken areas, services that include vaccinating infants.

Specifically, the Taliban found it offensive that the LHWs were conducting their door-to-door work unaccompanied by men, a violation of Sharia law that rendered them “prostitutes” and thus, according to Taliban chief Maulana Fazlullah, “fit for murder.”

According to a study done by the British Medical Journal, the LHWs were then subjected to “beheadings, as well as public beatings and firing on their houses and murders of their colleagues’ family members.”

In addition to that barbarity, the Taliban also issued a fatwa against the LHWs that declared it was “a Muslim man’s duty to kidnap the women health workers when they paid home visits, to marry them forcibly even if they were already married women, or to use them as sexual slaves.”

So given that, it shouldn’t surprise then that the Taliban remains perfectly comfortable with subjecting children under its control to an acute viral infection that can lead to permanent paralysis and, in some cases, death.

Yet unfortunately, the Taliban’s hostile view of polio vaccinations has found fertile soil among a disturbingly large percentage of Pakistani Muslims.

In addition to seeing polio immunization as a dastardly CIA plot, these Pakistanis also view immunization as either a violation of Islamic law or an orchestrated Western-led plot to depopulate the Muslim populace through vaccines laced with HIV and sterilization chemicals.

That latter view was perhaps best expressed by a Pakistani lawyer in the city of Peshawar who recently said, “These vaccines are meant to destroy our nation. The [polio] drops make men less manly, and make women more excited and less bashful. Our enemies want to wipe us out.”

That enlightened viewpoint may also help to explain why a growing number of Pakistani parents are refusing to vaccinate their children, refusal which has sparked an increase in violence being levied against health workers administering polio vaccinations in areas outside of Taliban-control.

Yet, while the Taliban’s deliberate cold-blooded execution of polio vaccinators has ratcheted up the level of violence to new and disturbing levels, it has so far failed to end the anti-polio campaign. After a temporary suspension, the polio immunization drive in Pakistan has restarted with vaccination teams being provided extra police and military protection.

Unfortunately for those volunteer polio workers, given recent events, no amount of added protection seems capable of stopping the Taliban’s unrelenting efforts to murder them.

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  • kafir4life

    I would hope that all muslims opt out of the infidel "vaccine". It was created by one .of those pesky Jew doctors, bent on destroying the vastly superior muslims. Their moon god allahahaha will protect them if he deems them worthy of protection.
    /sarc off

    • Mary Sue

      and the left accuses CHRISTIANS of being anti-science!

      • AdinaK

        Well, since the Islamic goal is jihad, caring for the kiddies is not a priority. Surely keeping them healthy is not tops on their lists.

        Islamists, whether under the Taliban or another jihadi group, use their children as human bombs. Hence, why in the world would any preventative medicine be acceptable, regardless of their gobblygook reasons –

        This is the true face of Islam…they love death and that is that.

        Adina kutnicki, Israel –

        • Mary Sue

          oh yeah but it's time the Left got onto the Islamists for being anti-science. Not that I'm holding my breath about that.

        • MikeGiles

          You know, with all that inbreeding and the genetic diseases, that along with the polio epidemic that's coming; I think our crazy Muslim problem will take care of itself.

  • Mary Sue

    Whoa, automatic weapons? Where's 0 and Biden and Coomo when you need them? Ban assault weapons in Pakistan now! [/sarcasm]

  • Mrs. Pharaoh

    Why bother they seem content to wipe themselves out through disease. Who stated "they have to love their own children more than hating others." I think that about sums it up. Several years ago I would have felt more compassion for these children but no longer, remember most will grow up to become brain dead Islamists and continue their parent's jihad of hate and death.

    • Mary Sue

      The god of cheese is not a god of love, so it's no wonder husbands don't know how to love their wives, and neither know how to love their children, in Islamist-land.

  • tanstaafl

    Ignorance good! Knowledge bad!

  • "gunner"

    i wonder how the taliban will explain to a pakistani family that their polio stricken child is "a good thing" (martha stewart voice) and that "allah wills it" so it must be punishment for something or other, but nobody knows what it might have been. ignorance, poverty and disease, gotta love it, it's the taliban way.

  • JacksonPearson

    The Taliban are extra hard core Islamists. Because, all they know, and have ever been taught are, it's our way with Islam, or the highway of death and destruction.

    All of these SOBs that kill in the name of Allah/Muhammad need to forever rot in hell.

  • jmz

    ya know. its time we just wiped the earth clean of muslim filth. men, women, and children. burn them all. im tired of being told im evil for wanting to defend myself against those who openly and proudly declare its tgheir duty to kill all those not like them and to rape, and murder children and women. i say if we have any brains and balls we will return the favor. kill the men, enslave the children f**ck the women and take all their stuff for ourown. and before anyone write me any nast grams, remember you are reoplying to an artlcle that beasically informed you that that is what they are willing and wanting to do to you. so if you want to be all noble and take the high road , fine. personally i like reality and want to win and not be a slave

    • coba1967

      Yo, I with you JMZ all the way. If we cant kill our would be killers.Then we lose with this kind of trash.ya know. its time we just wiped the earth clean of muslim filth. Lets do it.LMZ > We got too change the rules of Engagement.

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    Whoohooo! Now all we have to do is pray and wait for a polio epidemic. Try making jihad with an army of polio cripples. In addition to the birth defects caused by generations of cousin marriage, those crippled by polio can get together with the "rat people" of Pakistan (if you haven't seen photos of these people, let me warn you, this birth defect will turn your stomach) and we will truly see the beauty of the Islamic state. Combine this with the psychological damage done to children at the Pakistani madrassas with the constant beatings and the sexual abuse, this is a country that hopefully will wipe itself out in five years. By the way, I read that Pakistan leads the world in internet video searches for: rape, gang rape, child rape and sex with animals. Hmmmmmm…….

    • MikeGiles

      Damn, beat me to it. Read further down and the same idea hit me the first time I read the article.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Obama wants the Taliban to negotiate at the table with the Afghanistanian government, what
    a farce, the entire purpose of going to war was to destroy al queda and the Taliban. Why should
    we negotiate with those who should be dead, where is the respect by Obamanoid for the
    American dead who gave thier all to defeat and enemy of America and mankind, it is all
    piling up to be another sellout. Unfortunately for all those who did seek peace and free
    government, they will be on a list for death and destruction………………..William

    • MikeGiles

      Obozo is a Leftoid, their paradigm is Vietnam. Their aim is to sell our ally and the US out, to prove we should never have been there in the first place

  • Ghostwriter

    The Taliban are a bunch of monsters. They have no sympathy for others including children.

  • cxt

    No doubt when such easily preventable maladies explode the SAME people will, just as loudly, denouce it as some sort of "plot" to sicken them.

    If we are damned if we do and damned if we don't–then why not just save the lives and expense and DON'T.
    Or more preceisely I find it harder and harder aand harder to justify the cost and the death toll related to attempts to somehow "save" people that are openly proud of a worldview that is counter to nearly everything I stand for–such as equal rights for women.

    Why would anyone subject their wife/girlfriend/female relative to the very real dangers of getting killed or KIDNAPPED then forceably married to some barbaric thug simply because you tried to help HIS children NOT be cripped by polio or some-other malady.

    Hate to use an "Airplane" ref, but sooner or later "Chump don't want the help–Chump don't get the help."

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