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Swine Flu the key to peace in the Middle East?

An Israeli health official yesterday called for world health officials to change the name of "Swine Flu" to "Mexican Flu," since Mexico is where the new flu strange allegedly originated because pigs are offensive to both Jews and Muslims.

Really? Really?

I'm not incredulous about the offensive nature of pork in either religion. I understand the nature of that offense. I'm just saying I find it hard to believe that a disease named after a forbidden (for some people) food source is offensive because of that name.

I'd find it offensive if it was called Christian Flu, or Muslim Flu, or Jew Flu, or Really Good Looking Black Man Flu. But Swine Flu? How's that religiously offensive?

Seriously, with all the people freaking out over this flu, does it really matter what we call it? Pig flu, dog, flu, cat flu - catching it or fearing it is not gonna make anyone abandon his faith.


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I'm sure the Mexicans would love that. If something originates in Israel, how about.... Oh, I won't go there. But they have a hell of a lot of nerve. Then the U.S. wants to change the name b/c idiot countries are restricting pork imports from a number of U.S. states, including Texas. WTF?

Those governments are embarrassing themselves.

James B.

M@, it does seem like a wheel-spinning gesture to me. Forget the name! Fix the disease.

James B.

Although, M@, I do understand a little how pork dealers are worried. Go ahead and laugh. But look at what happened to the beef trade, temporarily, when everyone was freaked out about Mad Cow disease back in the '90s.


shakes head. no words.

James B.

Pamela, I've left you speechless!

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Why not a festive name like "Piggy Bank Flu" (as in "the money from my piggy bank flew ... well, you know the rest.)


WhenI was in college I came down with Really Good Looking Black Man Flu... It lasted until the next quarter when I came down with Cowboy Flu.

Although in my case the chills and body aches and such were rather nice.

Make of that what you will.


There you go, imposing a foreign set of values on the Middle East. Next thing, you'll be proposing peace solutions and other really radical things over there. And those cats all look like each other. Go figure.

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