AIDS and The History of Depopulation Policies

Rolf. A. F. Witzsche

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The impact of AIDS, of course, remains as deadly as ever, and Africa continues to bear the major burden of the impact. A significant depopulation has already occurred on the African continent, with much more to come. The human tragedies that one sees unfolding are to numerous and too deep to be comprehensible. It is equally incomprehensible in the light of such tragedy that the U.S. Vice President Al Gore had threatened to apply economic sanctions against those nations of Africa that produce and distribute drugs for AIDS treatment at prices below the highly inflated Western price range that is demanded by the multinational companies under patent protection. This callous attitude towards human life can only be described as a murderous insanity, because whatever disease is presently breeding in Africa is bound to infect the whole world in due course, unless this is the coveted goal.

So far, the occurrence of AIDS has spread quickly. In a few years the death toll may climb past the 100 million mark. Such a figure appears huge, and it is huge even when it is compared to the casualty rates of war, but it isn't significant at all in global terms if one considers that our modern effects of poverty and underdevelopment are killing 33,000 children under the age of five each single day, year after year. If one adds to this figure the death toll of the rest of the population, from the same causes, the total number of deaths attributable to poverty may be as high as 100 million per year. And even this huge figure which pails the casualties of World War II, turns out to be minute when one considers another danger that appears to be directly related to the emergence of AIDS in spite of its relative insignificance.

Deep in the background a factor comes to light that is hardly recognized, much less accepted as valid, but which may be crucial to human survival. The factor is this: Before the occurrence of AIDS the amorous interaction in society between people across their marriage bounds appears to have been significantly stronger than in today's AIDS threatened environment. According the sex researchers, 40% of society had been engaged in extramarital affairs before the age of 45 in the pre-AIDS world leading up to the 1980s. While no such research is available for the modern social scene, statistics do indicate a dramatic and rapidly increasing self-centered focus among the same segments of society that might otherwise be involved in broadening the sense of unity within society with a focus on developing a mutually beneficial existence. This is the type of trend that society once hoped to see, and had seen in earlier years, that AIDS has brought towards an end.


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