Exporting Common Sense

While Dubya is out exporting democracy to Afghanistan maybe he ought to try exporting a little common sense as well.

Despite health dangers, first cousins still marry

But not long after their son’s first birthday, Ahmad and Mazari Ayubi noticed that little Masi’s head was starting to wobble. By the time he was 2, the boy was paralyzed and mentally retarded, and Mazari began to suspect what the doctors would later confirm:

“It’s because [Ahmad] and I are related that this happened,” she said sadly, cradling the youngest of three more children born with the same disorder. “Perhaps it is better for cousins not to marry.”

I don’t mean to be insensitive to the plight of this poor couple but come on.

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