When my older son was little, like many moms, I
used to read
him “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”. When, in a
motherly “teaching moment”, I expressed concern to him about the
confidently replied, “It’s okay, Mommy.
All you have to do is start the book again!”
He was around four or five at the time.
makes me wonder if W.H.O.
and others are
operating at the intellectual maturity level of a five-year-old.
Over and over and over they try and start the
book again. Over and over and over, in
an abundance of caution or “something”, they issue false alarms,
going so far as to apparently redefine
in order to include H1N1
in the definition. (Here’s the latest
potential over-reaction: “Is
Time To Prepare For H2N2?
Even if you give them the benefit of the doubt, it
questionable policy, rife with lurking danger.
For if there is ever a real mega threat, a skeptical and
public is unlikely to take heed.
When it’s your job to prepare the world for
prevent harm, the wise policy is to carefully pick your “crises” and
overuse or abuse the message. W.H.O. et al may have cried
wolf so many times that
in the event of a real emergency, no one will listen.
And that could threaten us all.
is the price of liberty.” – Wendell Phillips (1811-1884),
paraphrasing John Philpot Curran