The President and Pseudo-Science
I read this post over at Andrew Sullivan without giving it much thought, other than my general feeling that South Africa's president, Thabo Mbeki, is almost certainly responsible for more AIDS deaths than any other person in history.
But my friend (and frequent commenter here) dhodge pointed out that Mbeki has some striking similarities with our own President Bush.
Read the whole article, and you'll see that because of Mbeki's complete ignorance of science, he wasn't able to discern the difference between the real medical breakthroughs that have been made in the fight against AIDS and the fools who espoused the idiotic idea that anti-retrovirals were toxic and there was no proof that HIV caused AIDS. As dhodge said to me, "It's very reminiscent of the ID/evolution debate in the US in many ways. A head of state propping up lies and pseudoscience in the hope of political (or perhaps financial) gains. Fortunately, no one is the US is dying due to ID."