Saturday, July 21, 2007

Another mass infection (yawn)

According to official sources, over 600 people have thus far been infected by a mysterious virus in the Mafraq governorate. This story has been developing for about a week, with initial suspicions that the water supply to the area has been compromised. These suspicions have now been confirmed. The minister of health blames the outbreak on chlorine resistant parasites (I wonder if they are on the government payroll). Everybody will be fine if they would just boil the water before drinking it. Thanks, government! What would people do without you? Earlier reports said that it was a virus.

Initially, there were reports that the minister of water would resign over this issue. These reports seem to have been premature, and it looks like nobody is to blame. This is just like the numerous screw ups in the past. Our illustrious officials are happy enough to enjoy the privileges of their positions, without bearing any responsibility. The water distribution system in the country is losing water as fast as water can be pumped into it, and so breaches in the system can easily cause large scale contamination. Luckily for the minister, this didn’t happen in Amman. People in Mafraq will absorb their losses and move on as if nothing happened.

Until next time.


At 2:54 AM, Blogger antiZionist said...

Khalaf that's a good issue to talk about, remember ,few years ago when the people of Amman were drinking Israeli sewage water ??

At 3:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the minister of water and irrigation should resign. If not for the Manshieh people, at least to settle the score in Jordan. Back in 1998 Mr Haddadin resigned as a minister after the infamous sewage israeli water in Amman. Now, the affect area was Amman and the minister was a. Of a transjordanian b. Chrsitian

The current crisis occured in the provinces and the minister is a. Of palestinian origin b. Muslim. The minister resignation would really set the score and all are even and happy in this very Absurdly surreal peice of land

Would you disagree that this fellow's mind worked as the above?

At 6:00 AM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Antizionist: It was not sewage, as most people say. It was not Perrier either.

Anon: Actually, this line of thinking is yours, and not Mr. Khitan's. I don't blame you for trying to attribute it to somebody else, though.

At 7:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Khalaf,,if wastn't seweg water what was it? and if it wasn't what difference does it make?

At 8:10 AM, Blogger Khalaf said...

It was water from lake Tiberius, with a high nutrient load that led to an algal/vegetative bloom. The high organic load caused the water to smell bad. However, nobody got sick, unlike the new case in Mafraq.

As for what difference does it make, then why not be accurate, since it does not make a difference?

At 8:53 AM, Blogger Mohanned said...

this is off topic, but whats your take on this tsunami in the talk about confedration!!Ammonnews is filled with it, even the anbat news paper..

The king had this to say on july 12:
King Abdullah II: We go out of our way to make sure that we shut that door before anybody even tries to open it. And as you would've noticed, at least on my watch over the past seven years, whenever things are not going well, parties like to throw this issue up and we have consistently in Jordan said that the issue of confederation or federation it is not even in our vocabulary, it is not even in our dictionary. And [what] we've been saying over the past seven days applies today as it did over the past seven years; because I think it is an excuse to throw the responsibility from other people's shoulders onto Jordan.

But the degree that those "analysts" and "experts" are pushing for this thing is very disturbing to me..When you disagree with them, they call you a racist!!I am really amazed how they are ignoring what the king said!

At 9:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mohannad,,let me tell you this,the king is irrelevant in this case,it is after all what the CIA wants

At 9:44 AM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Mohanned: It seems that somebody is paying money to promote this. The way the comments are going suggests that it is a coordinated response, not that it will change people's minds.

At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an American reporter in Jordan who really enjoys your blog. I didn't know about the Mafraq outbreak but that's probably because I don't read Jordanian "newspapers." It's good to read some credible analysis of what's going on around here. Thanks again.

At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great... An American reporter in Jordan who doesn't read Jordanian newspapers!?!?

At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe when they begin publishing news instead of propaganda I'll give them a look.

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