Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts

Aeneid, Book 2, 19 BC:
"Do not trust the horse, Trojans. Whatever it is, I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts."
Another translation, by John Dryden, has "Trust not their presents, nor admit the horse." The same thought was also recorded by Sophocles (496 - 406 BC), in Ajax:
Nought from the Greeks towards me hath sped well.
So now I find that ancient proverb true,
Foes' gifts are no gifts: profit bring they none.
The current narrative is that contraceptives will save hundreds of thousands of lives, prevent unwanted children, increase prosperity, make women empowered, and so forth. However, what sort of gift is it, when the considerable evidence showing dire health consequences is ignored? what sort of gift is it, when these contraceptives are being given out by the largest abortion promoting groups in the world? What sort of gift is it, when the Gates Foundation pushing contraceptives is the same foundation that has recently begun to invest heavily in the manufacture and marketing of contraceptives, including developing its own brands?  
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