Slow, Painful Death for Looters

No, I’m not talking about Ferguson. I’m talking about Liberia

Liberian officials fear Ebola could soon spread through the capital’s largest slum after residents raided a quarantine center for suspected patients and took items including bloody sheets and mattresses.

Um, guys? I get that you’re angry that potentially infected people were brought into your community, but I’m thinking you didn’t really consider the ramifications of you actions. I mean, your stated goal of “No Ebola in West Point” was a rational one. Looting infectious materials and spreading them around the community seems rather contrary.

But then again, I never really understood how looting and rioting ever solved anything or got anyone closer to their goals. Regardless of whether or not the cause is just. I suppose if your goal was “Ebola for Everyone!” this would be an excellent way to achieve it. Personally, I think I’m staying the hell away from Liberia for the foreseeable future. Not that I was planning a trip anyway, but you never know. I could wake up tomorrow and decide that bleeding out my eyes would be an excellent experience to have.

*checks bucket list*

Nope, it’s not on there anywhere. In fact, it’s listed over there in the ‘Nope’ column. Right after ‘drowning’ and before ‘fire, death by’.

Is it just me, or is someone running through the streets trailing bedding infected with Ebola darn near close to a zombie problem?

12 thoughts on “Slow, Painful Death for Looters”

  1. This is why it is better to spend the night in your car instead of booking a motel.
    Mites and bedbugs are one thing, Durango, CO, Super 8.

    Or just stay on the boat. Or the sub. And they say the RV crowd is sanitary.

    Shore leave is a hell of a thing.

  2. I was talking to Calmer Half about this, and he, predictably, had a much more insightful view on the situation. He was also completely pissed off at the government.

    See, the treatment center was built in a community that is poor by African standards. (Think about that.) Things like clean water and electricity are almost unimaginable luxuries to the residents. These people sleep on dirt floors, in crowded shacks built of refuse, and that’s normal.

    So for a treatment center to be built there, with beds, and sheets, and electricity, and medicines – it is worse than a red rag to a bull, it’s like putting a rehab center built full of 5-star hotel luxuries in a refugee camp, and then telling the refugees that they’re going to be taxed to pay for what they can see but don’t get to touch.

    Given the early symptoms of ebola mimic malaria, which is endemic to the area, these folks who are truly scraping the bottom of survivability, are poorly educated, and already accept that their government lies to them on a daily basis while taxing them… the enraged reaction of “you’re taking everything from us and giving it to these people! Hell no, I’m getting mine!” is not smart, no, but it is utterly human.

    To an African, this outcome was as predictable and inevitable as a flood coming downriver after heavy rains in the headwaters.

  3. Liberia is the only country in Africa founded by United States colonization while occupied by native Africans. Beginning in 1820, the region was colonized by African Americans, most of whom were freed slaves. The colonizers (who later become known as Americo-Liberians) established a new country with the help of the American Colonization Society, a private organization whose leaders thought former slaves would have greater opportunity in Africa. African captives freed from slave ships by the British and Americans were sent there instead of being repatriated to their countries of origin.
    In 1847, this new country became the Republic of Liberia, establishing a government modeled on that of the United States and naming its capital city Monrovia after James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States and a prominent supporter of the colonization. The colonists and their descendants, known as Americo-Liberians, led the political, social, cultural and economic sectors of the country and ruled the nation for over 130 years as a dominant minority.

  4. Africa is a good place for missionaries, mercenaries, and misfits. I can’t remember who provided that gem of information to me, but I have seen it proven again and again and again……..

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