posted on Jun, 9 2009 @ 05:28 AM
It seems that the US (clearly, according to some posters here) blames Nagin for the loss of NOLA in '05. Fine. All are entitled to their personal
feelings regarding the Mayor. I will keep mine to myself.
That, howver, has naught to do with his and his wife's quarantine in Shanghai. They were on a flight with someone who had symptoms of flu. They
have not been tested, as they have no symptoms. The Mayor is in contact with his staff regularly, and is in good spirits. His trip also included a
visit to Australia, but under the circumstances of Australia's infection rate, he indicated he might decline the second phase of the trip to protect
the Australians from any further risk.
The Chinese have quarantined multiple groups of Americans this Spring, as well as people from other countries where the rates of infection are high.
China is a country of nearly 2B people- an H1N1 epidemic- or any kind, for that matter- would be utterly catastrophic. While the quarantine measures
may seem draconian to those of us in the West, I must in some small way empathise with the Chinese- they are over a barrel- if they DON'T quarantine,
and 1/3 or so of their citizens take ill this fall, there is simply no infrastructure to assist their healing. I don't agree with a good deal that
happens in China,particularly
as regards human rights, but in this case, putting the Mayor and his wife in a hotel for a week doesn't seem
too horrible a fate.
And to those who think espionage is on the way, remember, he was invited to participate in the economic meetings in the Pacific Rim --China and
Australia---(why? No idea, but he was).
I expect we'll see him back in NOLA soon, doing very little to protect it against the next storm- either atmospheric or microbial.....