May 12th Show : Blog Of The Nation Today's Talk: swine flu, Nazi war crimes trial, and the Taliban.
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How Well Did We Handle Swine Flu?
Swine flu, or the new influenza A(H1N1) virus, dominated headlines for a couple weeks, but has faded recently. Fewer people are wearing masks, and hand sanitizer has been restocked on store shelves. So how well did public health organizations handle the outbreak? Do you think everyone overreacted, or do you worry about future mutations of the virus?

You Can't Put An Expiration Date On Justice
John Demjanjuk has arrived in Germany, where he may be tried for war crimes. German prosecutors believe he is a former Nazi prison camp guard, and have charged him with at least 29,000 counts of accessory to murder dating back to 1943. His will likely be the last Nazi war crimes trial. Aharon Schwartz is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, and he believes justice must be served to send a message to the world.

What's So Appealing About The Taliban?
The Taliban have extended their reach from Afghanistan through Pakistan's Swat Valley and Buner district recently. The Taliban have existed as a militant force in the region for fifteen years, and have a legacy of strict rules and intolerance. In spite of that, many Pakistanis support the Taliban insurgency.