Thursday, May 15, 2003

China Threatens to Execute SARS Spreaders

From the AP:

The SARS emergency worsened in Taiwan, which had its biggest one-day jump in cases Thursday, while China threatened possible execution for people who cause death or injury by deliberately spreading the disease.

The warning by China's Supreme Court, reported by the official Xinhua News Agency, appeared to be an effort to force compliance with quarantines and other restrictions. It cited existing laws with tough penalties, including a possible death penalty for even nonviolent offenses.
So this is how a dictatorship deals with a public health crisis.

China may not be the Maoist state it once was, but when push comes to shove, it is still all too willing to engage in bloodletting to preserve myth that the Communist Party provides stability for the Chinese people.

UPDATE: But then again, perhaps I am too harsh on our Chinese friends. After all, the FTC is willing to prosecute doctors under antitrust to preserve the myth that the goverment provides low prices and innovation for Americans.

Sure, it ain't the death penalty, but then again, the US ain't China.

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