[Ed. note – a remarkable article by F. William Engdahl on the controversy which recently erupted over actor Robert De Niro and the documentary “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe.” One thing that occurs to me in all this is not only the physical toll on children born with autism, but the psychological toll upon the parents as well. Imagine for a moment being such a parent. Let’s say you followed the guidelines in your state and had your child vaccinated with the required vaccines. Your child develops autism. You think at the time, “It must have just been bad luck.”
Later you come across information about the connection between autism and vaccines. Imagine the thought processes this sets off in your head. Imagine the feelings of regret, the self-blame. I suspect there probably are quite a few parents falling into this category nowadays. Maybe vaccine advocates could be bothered to explain the exploding rate of autism in this country, but we don’t seem to hear them making much of an effort in that area. Instead what we see is a growing movement to remove the “opt-out” clauses that presently exist in most state laws whereby parents can refuse to have their kids vaccinated on religious grounds. ]
By F. William Engdahl
Robert De Niro is a magnificent actor, one who has won countless awards in his profession over decades. Recently he involved himself in a drama that is costing millions of tragic lives to be condemned to a special world of autism. What has developed from that involvement is tragic. Not alone because his own son is autistic.
On March 25 the New York Times printed an article with the title, “Robert De Niro Defends Screening of Anti-Vaccine Film at Tribeca Festival.” It was a decision deeply personal for De Niro and his wife. De Niro, co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival, defended the festival’s controversial decision to screen an anti-vaccine documentary, Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe. De Niro explained, “Grace and I have a child with autism and we believe it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined. This is very personal to me and my family and I want there to be a discussion, which is why we will be screening Vaxxed. I am not personally endorsing the film, nor am I anti-vaccination; I am only providing the opportunity for a conversation around the issue.”