mars_dup1 Posted February 17, 2003 Share Posted February 17, 2003 [quote] "Biological weapons are among the most dangerous weapons in the world today. They are infectious diseases, living organisms. Some are very contagious. Unlike any other weapons, biological weapons are alive and know how to replicate. They can make copies of themselves inside the human body. A nuclear bomb can't make copies of itself. From a small point of release, a bioweapon can jump from person to person in a explosive chain of lethal infection. A bioweapon makes no distinction between soldier and civilian, rich and poor, ordinary people or national leaders: we are all equally vulnerable. " - Richard Preston Testimony before the Senate Subcommitee on Terrorism April 1998[/quote]Reading just one fact-based chapter ("Invisible History II") of Richard "Hot Zone" Preston's novel "The Cobra Event" did more to convince me that Iraq is a [i]very[/i] serious threat to the entire world than all the posturing and speeches by Bush, Powell et al. Only problem is, he also convinced me that Iran, Syria and especially Russia remain serious threats as well! Anybody care to explain why otherwise rational, highly-educated human beings would choose to monkey around with these incredibly dangerous "slate-wiper" "extinction-level event" viruses? (BTW - This doesn't mean that I think war is the best way to deal with all of this.) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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