Innocence Lost

Posted 10/8/07

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And so the inevitable has happened; the United States has been hit with its first major outbreak in a heavily-populated area. It was only a matter of time

Eventually, the issues of the world wash into our country no matter how much we try to ignore them or tell ourselves it can’t happen here. World War II came to us, Muslim terrorists came to us and now the Plague has arrived. Our tiny bubble of apathy has been popped as we now count ourselves among the nations of the world that have been touched by the hand of Necro-Mortosis in more than just a passing fashion. And so Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea, the war has arrived at America’s doorstep once again.

Just as had happened in the past, we were warned. We knew what was coming though we may not have known exactly when, where or in what form. We knew in the early days of WWII that it would eventually come to us as we armed our favored nations and intercepted communications from the Reich to Mexico that claimed America would be “returned” to them if they would only aid the Axis powers in the fight. And there was little doubt that religious extremists would eventually land a glove on the U.S. as well, bringing our covert efforts against global terrorism to the overt. Did anyone think the Plague would come off any differently? This time, we face an enemy on our shores that has no agenda, no politics and no racial hatred. Our enemy this time out has only one objective; to spread as quickly and totally as possible. There’s no atom bomb option, no leader to flush out of a cave.

There are many worse places Necro-Mortosis could have come ashore, and I say that in a clinical sense. As has been widely noted, when it comes to devastation and evacuation on a grand scale, few places in the U.S. compare in disaster management and preparation to Miami. The fact the plague hasn’t already spread wholesale throughout the Florida peninsula is a testament to the people and government of Miami and the state of Florida as a whole. They’re dealing with hell on earth right now, and anything we as a nation can do to assist them should be done post-haste and without thought to political posturing. Miami is the first major urban area to experience more than a low-level outbreak, Florida the first state. They’re feeling their way around on this, with seeming little aid from the national level. Let Jeb and company deal with this, give them all the non-partisan, real help we can from the federal level and save the finger pointing and political bashing until the fifth quarter.

I and many others have been calling for our government to get tough on Necro-Mortosis. Perhaps now that the plague has truly touched our shores, our elected officials (and I remind you, you are elected) will act by creating the laws necessary to deal with it on a national scale. To our congressmen, if you were waiting for it to arrive so it would become an issue on all the polls and Sunday morning talk shows to maximize your publicity before jumping in, your wait is over. The children of Florida have already lost Halloween (as I have heard other communities fearing the worst are doing as well). Let’s try to minimize the damage so that’s the only thing they lose.

Arthur Helms is a syndicated columnist who has dealt with a host of social and political issues. His previous syndicated column, “Logic, Please?” offered commentary on a host of world-view issues as seen through the cold yet bright light of plain logic, demonstrated fact and simple common sense.

While the academic and political elite often dismissed his commentary as “too simplistic” for our complicated times, his books of collected columns and hundreds of national speaking engagements each year attest to his connection to a readership yearning for simple answers to complex issues. Helms recently ended his syndicated column to sign on exclusively with Zombie World News, providing a fresh, logical,
plain-English view of the plague and to bring some common sense to what many perceive to be a senseless situation.

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