I am just surprised that there had been no discussion of human rights abuse evident in the manner in which the local government had been containing the supposedly unimaginary “SARS” virus.
Think about it… overnight, without due process of any law, an entire hospital was locked down. Regardless of whether you were sick, just visiting, making a delivery, picking up some pills, etc. and regardless of the need to work to support your family … people in Ho Ping Hospital were locked up without any adquate sleeping or eating facilities! Hmmmm. What is even more surprising is that most local residents were glad these people were locked up. No protest. No lawsuits from any organization resembling the ACLU threatening to challenge the government’s acts!
I seriously doubt that if the same thing happened in New York, Boston, or LA, the authorities will not have the balls to do what the Taipei government did here. Can you think of the day when the New York city government locks down New York General? Or, Boston locking down Boston General? Or, LA locking down the UCLA Medical Center??? People would be up in arms and the ACLU would be very busy.
Now I used to sneer at people who believed in the ACLU. I called them bleeding heart liberals. well, in light of recent events here in Taipei, I now know that I had taken civil liberties for granted. At any moment in Taipei, I could be forced to do things that make no sense, even being locked away with 1000 other people in some concentration camp for “SARS” infected people. It is a scary thought! More scary is the fact the local residents don’t seem to think about human rights in light of recent events!