Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Well, depending on what's actually the case,

this is downright interesting:
At least 40 al-Qaeda fanatics died horribly after being struck down with the disease that devastated Europe in the Middle Ages.
He said authorities in the first week of January intercepted an urgent communication between the leadership of al Qaeda in the Land of the Maghreb (AQIM) and al Qaeda's leadership in the tribal region of Pakistan on the border with Afghanistan. The communication suggested that an area sealed to prevent leakage of a biological or chemical substance had been breached, according to the official.

"We don't know if this is biological or chemical," the official said

If this was bubonic plague, some of the comments point out that it's treatable with antibiotics and fairly easily cured, which makes it not a very good weapon. For death, that's so; for scaring hell out of people and overloading medical facilities, it'd do quite well. Face it, if they could turn a bunch of infected fleas loose in an area and a bunch of people broke with it, there's be mass panic, and not just in the city/cities where it happened.

And it's possible they were trying for/hoping for pneumonic plague, which is a really nasty beast. Or, it could have been something else entirely. Maybe we'll find out someday.


Sigivald said...

Los Angeles already has bubonic plague-carrying squirrels, doesn't it?

Nobody really panics about that, either.

Firehand said...

It's all over the damn world, from what I've read. But an occasional case caught from a squirrel(you WERE talking about four-legged, weren't you?) wouldn't have the same impact as a couple of dozen people breaking with it, to the accompaniment of "Allah hates infidels! Our plan has worked!" from the BPMs.

Of course, if they did manage to do something like that, I think even Pres. Hopeychangeypants Lightworker might just decide he has to do something significant.

Anonymous said...

40 some Jihadis died horribly? They must right now be in Hell collecting their 72 horny, wizened raisins all freshly packed with broken glass and lemon juice.

Allahu Akbar!

Gerry N.