Good Question In The Guardian – What About Those 100 Million Deaths?

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An entirely reasonable and sensible question from Martin Kettle in The Guardian:

A century on, why are we forgetting the deaths of 100 million?
Martin Kettle

Quite so, quite so.

The 1918 Spanish flu outbreak killed more people than both world wars. Don’t imagine such a thing could never happen again

Ah, it’s not about the 100 million killed by socialism as a warning to not do it again.

I wonder why not?

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Of course it will happen again; one reason we are here on this rock is that DNA is so darned easy to mutate. That author asks why we don’t commemorate it, as we do certain other anniversaries that he names. The reason is that there is no point to doing so, except to use it as a segue to a political agenda. He names “greater care in the naming of subsequent strains and outbreaks that cross borders,” gives a nod to Global Warming, and credits the flu indirectly for the creation of the NHS 30 years later. In fact, we… Read more »

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Of course it will happen again; one reason we are here on this rock is that DNA is so darned easy to mutate. That author asks why we don’t commemorate it, as we do certain other anniversaries that he names. The reason is that there is no point to doing so, except to use it as a segue to a political agenda. He names “greater care in the naming of subsequent strains and outbreaks that cross borders,” gives a nod to Global Warming, and credits the flu indirectly for the creation of the NHS 30 years later. In fact, we… Read more »