Dave Galanter
December 1st 1969 - December 12th 2020
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Thatguy

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Primetime

Subj: Re: Big difference
Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 10:53:16 pm EST
Reply Subj: Re: Big difference
Posted: Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 10:45:33 pm EST

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> > There seems to be a precedent for Wakanda not sharing cures for diseases. This from the Red Zone arc in AVENGERS.
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> With Red Zone, they've simply made progress with treating a rare, flesh eating virus that until then killed very few people. Progress in treating something isn't a cure. There was no compelling need to share the information up until then. You'll note that the instant there's a need, T'Challa is all open.

You understate T'Challa's statement considerably. He doesn' state that he has made progress with treatments. He states that they were developing an enzyme that kills the organism on contact. It just hadn't been perfected yet. Big difference from "progress with treating". In other words, he has a cure that needs to be tweeked (which was done in the span of the arc).

Then you must consider what T'Challa means by "emergency". The red cloud was a MUCH, MUCH more serious threat than the normal threat of cancer. The normal threat of cancer is less than the normal threat of heart disease. Millions die from AIDS.

So clearly, for whatever reason, it is established at least to some degree that Wakanda tends not to share disease cures unless there is an absolute emergency that requires it. The presedent has been established.

> > > There seems to be a precedent for Wakanda not sharing cures for diseases. This from the Red Zone arc in AVENGERS.
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> > With Red Zone, they've simply made progress with treating a rare, flesh eating virus that until then killed very few people. Progress in treating something isn't a cure. There was no compelling need to share the information up until then. You'll note that the instant there's a need, T'Challa is all open.
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> You understate T'Challa's statement considerably. He doesn' state that he has made progress with treatments. He states that they were developing an enzyme that kills the organism on contact. It just hadn't been perfected yet. Big difference from "progress with treating". In other words, he has a cure that needs to be tweeked (which was done in the span of the arc).

Apples and oranges really. The fact remains, the flesh eating virus that he had a cure for doesn't have half the death toll cancer does. Indeed, one could compare him withholding the cure to Western Nations not funding known cures for diseases in Third World Nations.
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> Then you must consider what T'Challa means by "emergency". The red cloud was a MUCH, MUCH more serious threat than the normal threat of cancer. The normal threat of cancer is less than the normal threat of heart disease. Millions die from AIDS.

Millions die from cancer too. Just because he hasn't cured one doesn't mean he shouldn't release the cure for the other.
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> So clearly, for whatever reason, it is established at least to some degree that Wakanda tends not to share disease cures unless there is an absolute emergency that requires it. The presedent has been established.

Again, not really. The flesh eating virus is a fairly rare thing. There's little need to spread the cure around as it's so rare.

Cancer, on the other hand, strikes millions in dozens of different variations. I don't doubt cancer kills thousands for every one person killed by the flesh eating virus.


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