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World Opinion: On Swine Flu

By The Associated Press

Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the world:

By The Associated Press

On swine flu:

In the book "Animal Farm," by George Orwell, the despotic boss hog Napoleon delivers the immortal line: 'All animals are equal. But some are more equal than others.' Sometimes even the swine among us say something worth listening to.

The swine flu pandemic is a good example of how some are more equal than others. The virus is emergent in the Western world. Here in Norway, a 4-H camp became -- overnight -- a 4-H1N1 camp instead. Scientists are working overtime to produce a vaccine. Who should receive the first doses is the subject of fierce debate. ...

The threat to health and life is real enough, and a disease that can kill must, of course, be fought. But we've blown the significance of the flu virus way out of proportion. Compare the reaction to swine flu to the international reaction to other, far more deadly and infectious diseases, and a stark contrast emerges. So long as a given disease doesn't encroach on the West, we generally don't care about its effect on the rest of the world. Some people really are a lot more equal than others. ...

-- Dagsavisen, Oslo, Norway