|So Sayeth Helen|
I heard it on the news today, oh Boy.
Perhaps it was a trip to the Hajj:
The U.S. Department of State wishes to inform any U.S. citizens who may be considering travel to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj (approximately September 21 – 26, 2015) and ongoing Umrah, of Saudi government health recommendations concerning the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus (MERS CoV) in the country. The Saudi government recommends that pilgrims who have “chronic diseases such as heart, kidney, and respiratory diseases, not to forget diabetes, as well as patients with congenital and acquired immune deficiency, in addition to patients suffering from tumors, and pregnant women and children” postpone plans to participate in the pilgrimage this year. These recommendations were made by the Saudi government “to maintain the public health and ensure a safe and healthy atmosphere.” The full text of the statement may be found on the Saudi Ministry of Health website. Interested parties should review the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for additional information about the MERS CoV outbreak.(Hajj Fact Sheet). Watch out for stampedes too.
Because tourism is evidently a lack luster thingy there:
There are no tourism visas for Saudi Arabia, a fact made all the more frustrating for would-be visitors enchanted by the tantalizing glimpses of the country’s fantastical archaeological record found in the Roads of Arabia exhibit currently traveling between a series of U.S. and European museums. “We have so much to show the world,” laments the de Tinguys’ guide, Abdulaziz. “From the outside, I think, Saudi Arabia doesn’t look like such a nice place. But once you are here, you fall in love. If more people could visit, they would better understand our country and our traditions.”(Time). Sans deterrent.
You need to be an ex-patriot perhaps:
The expatriate community in Saudi Arabia is made up of citizens from around the world: Americans, Canadians, Australians, British, German, Irish, Egyptians, Indians, Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Bangladeshis, Filipinos, Malaysians, South Africans, etc. In total, the expat population in Saudi Arabia is approximately 5.7 million individuals.(Frequently Asked Questions - Saudi Arabia). I am not a patriots fan.
Oh those doctored turrists:
If a Jumbo Jet crashed and killed 280 people everyday ... 365 days a year ... year after year ... would you be concerned about flying??(Obola: Art Thou Dying Properly?). I feel faintly faint.
Would you question the Federal Aviation Administration? Would you demand answers??
Think about it! ...Sounds Ridiculous??!! ... people maimed and disabled every year ... year after year from modern medicine ... would you believe it??
Well these may be my words ... but read the following articles from the most respected medical journals and institutions (Journal of the American Medical Association, Harvard University, Centers for Disease Control, British medical journal The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine and national news (New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, US World Report) and you be the judge ... the more frightening number is that doctors are the third leading cause of death in this country, killing nearly a quarter million people a year.
Religious stampedes kill more people than terrorists do in Da Saudi Kingdom:
The crush and stampede that struck the hajj last month in Saudi Arabia killed at least 2,177 pilgrims, a new Associated Press tally showed Monday, after officials in the kingdom met to discuss the tragedy(Stampede At Hajj In Saudi Arabia Reportedly Killed At Least 2,177).
Are you skeert?