There have been a few images in the news in the past few years that have made tears roll down my face as soon as I saw them. I don't have even to say what they were - you know already.
One was a photo from this past week - of Abdul Hameed al-Yousef holding his twin babies, Aya and Ahmed, who were among the 86 people killed in the gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria.
Even as someone who is almost never without something to say - I was left speechless and had to catch my breath at the sadness, the loss, the devastation, the inhumanity. That photo will, most certainly, haunt everyone who saw it.
It is hard to find something to compare the tragedy of deaths in Syria too. But, Mike Adams, the 'Health Ranger', figured out a way to not only exploit the people who were killed but, to take it and actually do more damage. His article, entitled "There are far more vaccine-damaged children in America than chemical weapons-damaged children in Syria" is a completely inappropriate and distasteful—even for him—take on his false views on the "dangers" of vaccination.
Reading ridiculous statements from Mike Adams is nothing new for us here at ACSH—far from it. His ideas about everything from 'toxins' to natural cures for cancer are the definition of anti-science. But, even he couldn't possibly be comparing the inhumanity of the children that have been killed in Syria to vaccines?
But - that is exactly what he did.
Here is an excerpt from his article, published on his blog naturalnews.com. He starts by using the words of President Trump:
"Assad choked out the lives of innocent men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many. Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack. No child of god should ever suffer such horror."
Which he follows with:
If you replace the word “Assad” with “CDC” or “the vaccine industry,” it all makes even more sense. Vastly higher numbers of children right here in America have been “cruelly murdered” in the “barbaric attack” of toxic vaccines than have ever been killed by chemical weapons in Syria.
I agree with the President that “No child of God should ever suffer such horror,” but I wonder when this President will start working to stop the chemical assault on America’s children that’s being waged every day by the vaccine industry.
There it is - comparing the children killed in Syria to... what exactly? Children killed by vaccines....? Even for Mike Adams, that is shocking.
The article goes on to compare the mercury used in vaccines to Sarin or VX nerve gas. But, the mercury-containing preservative used in vaccines, Thimerosal, is no longer present in any childhood vaccines with the exception of the seasonal flu vaccine which you can get in a Thimerosal free form, if desired. He also cites an "exhaustive scientific review" written by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on the toxicity of mercury in vaccines. As if RFK Jr. was qualified to write a scientific review on the dangers of wearing a band aid.
Adams ends by asking for the government to protect the American children from vaccines just like they are protecting the Syrian children by launching missiles.
If the only justification needed for launching Tomahawk missiles is the broadcasting of pictures of horrifically damaged children, then where is the outcry against the CDC and the vaccine industry? Surely the lives of American children are worth protecting against chemical weapons, too, right?
There is really nothing more to say that any breathing human cannot see for themselves. In this article, Mike Adams compares the false 'dangers' of vaccines - which are not only not dangerous at all, but, are one of the biggest public health successes ever implemented - to bombing civilians and killing children with a lethal nerve gas.
In doing so, he has disrespected the lives of the deceased Syrian children and their families and completely discredited himself in the process.
If you want to read his article, you can find it here.