The AIDS War
Lies and Censorship in Coverage of the Epidemic
By John Lauritsen
The New York Native / 12 Aug. 1991
"The first casualty when war comes is truth"
- Senator Hiram Johnson, 1917
Analogies to war are frequently used in the discourse on AIDS, and a cogent case has been made that, on the level of group psychology, AIDS is the equivalent of war.(1) It is arguable just how far the analogy can be taken. For example, if AIDS is war, what are the opposing forces? One can easily identify the victims of aggression as being gay men and drug users, the two main "risk groups," but it is more difficult to define the aggressors. Casper Schmidt, in his brilliantly original essay, "The Group- Fantasy Origins of AIDS," hypothesizes a "sacrificial witch hunt, in which the participants are the Moral Majority and an assortment of other conservative groups (as hunters) and the nation's drug addicts and homosexuals (as hunted)."(2) In support of his thesis Schmidt cites such activities of the New Right moralists as Anita Bryant's phenomenally successful campaign, "Save Our Children [From Homosexuals], Inc.," the literal "Declaration of War" by Jerry Falwell's Old Time Gospel Hour, and the proliferation of bumper stickers urging: "KILL A QUEER FOR CHRIST."
On one level, perhaps even on the core level, I think there is validity to Schmidt's paradigm. However, certain features of the AIDS epidemic are hard to assimilate to a war model. One has to consider, for example, the immense profits being made by the Medical Industrial Complex, the precarious prestige of the United States Public Health Service, and the vested interests of the various research syndicates. There is also the fact that many of those playing leading roles in the extermination of gay men are themselves gay men, and many of these "traitors" have already died of AIDS. This would seem to be unusual behavior for a war, though perhaps not for a sacrificial ritual.
The war analogy seems stronger on the issue of genocide.
Well over 100,000 gay men are being poisoned right now with the nucleoside analogues AZT and DDI. They will not recover, even though several tens of thousands of them are objectively healthy, suffering only from harmless antibodies, coupled with the lethal diagnosis of being "infected with HIV." The decision- makers at Wellcome and Squibb, makers respectively of AZT and DDI, might well wish that their products were less toxic and more beneficial. But their indifference to human life, their lack of scientific scruples in promoting their deadly nostrums, indict them of crimes against humanity. While profits may be the main motive, the pharmaceutical companies are in practice waging war against gay men. source...
The AIDS War
Propaganda, profiteering and genocide from the medical-industrial complex'
by John Lauritsen
The AIDS epidemic is an epidemic of lies, through which hundreds of thousands of people have died and are dying unnecessarily, billions of dollars have gone down the drain, the Public Health Service has disgraced itself, and Science has plunged into whoredom.
The official AIDS paradigm - including the preposterous notion that a biochemically inactive microbe, the so-called "human immunodeficiency virus" (HIV-1), causes the (at last count) 29 AIDS-indicator diseases - represents the most colossal blunder in medical history. But it is more than a blunder. In the course of this book it will become plain why I have employed the metaphor of war: the terrible suffering and loss of life, propaganda, censorship, rumors, hysteria, profiteering, espionage, and sabotage.
A Harvard-educated survey research analyst by profession, John Lauritsen began reviewing AIDS research in 1983, and is now regarded by AIDS-critics around the world as their foremost journalist. His first AIDS book, Poison By Prescription: The AZT Story, has saved thousands of lives, and is in its fourth printing. The AIDS War is a collection of his major writings on AIDS, going back to February 1985. source...
HIV equals AIDS and Other Myths of the AIDS War
By Gary Null
For more than a decade now, we've been told that the human immunodeficiency virus causes acquired immune deficiency syndrome, which in turn causes death. Those in the scientific community who have questioned this dogma-the three-part equation of HIV = AIDS = death have been suppressed. But they will be heard. in the war on AIDS, its only a matter of time. source...
Uganda: Oversimplification of Aids War Increasing Its Effects
Catholic Information Service for Africa (Nairobi) June 11, 2004, Nairobi
Oversimplification of the war against HIV/AIDS is to blame for its devastating effects on the African continent, a cleric at the All African Conference Heads of Churches Summit on AIDS going on in Nairobi, Kenya, has said. source...
HIV/AIDS war is human rights priority
By Chen Hong (China Daily) Updated: 2004-04-20 00:22
A senior Chinese human rights official warned over the weekend that preventing and controlling HIV/AIDS has become "one of the most significant and realistic tasks for maintaining human rights in China." source...
Bush releases $200 million for global AIDS 'war chest'
From Ian Christopher McCaleb - CNN Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush, saying he wanted the United States to set an example for the world, today released approximately $200 million for a global HIV-AIDS fund intended to significantly bolster medical research and treatment efforts and provide aid to families that have been ravaged by the disease. source...
Bush presents AIDS war chest
by our correspondent Reinout van Wagtendonk, 28 May 2003
US President George Bush has authorized a 15-billion-dollar plan to help fund the fight against AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean. Mr Bush challenged Europe to match America's "generous" commitment without delay. source...
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