The planet in the jaws of bioterrorism (1): War on viruses

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An epidemic of deadly respiratory viruses would be even more dangerous than a nuclear attack, Microsoft co-owner Bill Gates warned a few years ago, and now he estimates that, after the eradication of the corona virus, bioterrorism with global warming could be the greatest threat to humanity.

– Nobody wants to talk about it, and someone who wants to cause harm could make a virus and that means that the chance of getting infected with it is higher than in a naturally caused epidemic like the current one – the American billionaire explained that readiness for a pandemic should to be understood as a “danger of war.”

He pointed to a possible bioterrorist attack with many victims, because, as he said, it is easier than ever to create and spread deadly pathogens in the new era.

– Advances in biology have made it easier for terrorists to create diseases like deadly smallpox and cause the death of ten million people, which a nuclear attack could not do. The greatest risk is from a natural epidemic or intentionally caused bioterrorism, because the virus that spreads quickly through the air could kill more than 30 million people in one year – Gates pointed out.

Biological weapons have been known for centuries, so it is known about the story from the 14th century when the plague called the “black death” that spread through Europe, and parts of Asia and Africa, was used for warfare. The bodies of those who died of the plague were thrown over the city walls in order to conquer them, which caused the death of at least a quarter of the total victims, of which there were 200 million.

This cruel tactic was also used during the colonization of the North American continent, when the British gave the Indians, during negotiations, blankets to cover the sick with smallpox and thus caused a deadly infection.

These forerunners of today’s biological weapons had a clear goal, victory in the war and conquest of territories. Much later, during World War II in 1942, Nazi Heinrich Himmler ordered the opening of an entomological laboratory in the Dachau camp, officially to study lice and fleas that were a problem for German soldiers. However, as the scientist Klaus Reinhard pointed out, it was also researched there whether mosquitoes can be used to spread diseases such as malaria.

– The letters of the leading scientist of the group, Edward May, confirm the existence of a research program for the offensive biological warfare of Nazi Germany – Reinhard confirmed.

In recent years, there has been no shortage of mutual accusations by world powers about viruses and microorganisms that are secretly grown for the needs of possible wars. Thus, in 2019, the Russian official Nikolai Patrushev warned of the knowledge that the United States is opening a network of laboratories around the world in which biological weapons can be produced, stating that, in addition, research on infectious diseases will be conducted.

It was retaliated in 2020 with the fear of Western experts that Russia could make biological weapons from the Ebola virus as part of the biological weapons project. Unit 68240 of the Russian Federal Security Service, as the “Daily Mail” wrote, is behind the “Toledo” project and is investigating not only the Ebola virus, but also the even more deadly Marburg, which causes hemorrhagic fever.

The world is also worried about North Korea, not only because of its nuclear program, but, as it was announced, Asian and US intelligence indicated that leader Kim Jong Un may be trying to make an arsenal of deadly microbes as a biological weapon. South Korea feared that it would produce anthrax, which is deadly to humans and animals.

An artificial zika?

Before the coronavirus pandemic, the world faced new viruses, some of which raised suspicions that they originated in a test tube. Thus, the chief physician of Russia, Gennady Onishchenko, but also the American Francis Boyle, who was once engaged in projects for the development of biological weapons in the fight against terrorism, considered the zika virus to be, in fact, a biological weapon.

Sacrificed Chicago

It is an interesting discovery that the United States conducted research on its soil back in 1950, when a naval ship off the coast of San Francisco, through a huge hose, threw a cloud of microbes into the air to see the impact on the population.

“It was one of the first major biological weapons tests under the Biological Warfare testing program, which lasted from 1949 to 1969 to deter the use of biological weapons against the United States and its allies and to react if deterrence fails,” the U.S. government later explained. , and published by “Business Insider”.


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