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Opinion, by Jack Woodall

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Thus spoke not Zarathustra, but Pogo, the philosophical possum of the Okeefenokee swamp in Walt Kelley’s classic cartoons. The evidence is all around us that we carry within us the seeds of our own destruction.

In 2002, a malicious rumor about polio vaccine causing sterilization of Muslim women circulated in Northern Nigeria and vaccination was halted. The infection has now spread back to 14 countries from which, at great effort and expense, it had been eradicated.

Look at another crippling disease, tuberculosis. Cure requires daily doses of antibiotics for a number . . .

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