Watching the news tonight on T.V, I heard about a U.S. public health experiment in Guatemala conducted in the 1940s. With the cooperation of the Guatemalan authorities, U.S. doctors and scientists deliberately infected unwitting prisoners and mental patients with gonorrhea and syphilis to gauge how well (the relatively new) penicillin would handle it.
Why Guatemala? Well, according to NBC News, one of the officials involved was quoted as saying that U.S. Americans would never accept this kind of research on U.S. citizens.
O.K, some (nincompoops) might say that this is a unique situation that occurred over 60 years ago – what’s the big deal? The big deal is that this is just business as usual for the way our country has done things, and continues to do things -“America first” -“What’s good for Americans” – “My country right or wrong” etc. And we wonder why so much of the world is pissed off at us.
How is this any different from what the good doctor Mengele did?