When, not If

When it comes to things like influenza epidemics, we are the world. Experts are saying that a worldwide epidemic of avian flu is a matter of when, not if, and that it will kill millions, and perhaps tens of millions.

Since many of these deadly viruses originate in China, where conditions are crowded, humans and animals often live in close contact, and the communist government there doesn’t have a good record of responding to outbreaks, the United States needs to view China’s public health as a matter of our national security.

Aside from the obvious humanitarian concerns, as a matter of naked self-interest, let’s provide whatever money and expertise China needs to get a handle on these outbreaks … before they reach our shores.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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