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The world is getting sick from the spreading COVID-19 virus. North Americans and Europeans are now as horrified as Chinese by the invisible killer that has put their hospitals under siege.

They are also getting a grim foretaste of what biological warfare would be like. Those not cowering in terror in their homes would likely be amazed to learn that some of their governments are still churning out highly toxic chemical and biological agents in hidden factories.

But surely our lily white democracies don’t stoop to making poison gas and germs?

Back in 1990-91, I was based in Baghdad covering the first of the Gulf Wars. The US was threatening to attack Iraq for daring to invade oil-rich Kuwait, which used to be part of Iraq until ‘detached’ by the British Empire. At the same time, the eight-year Iran-Iraq War had just ended in a bloody stalemate. The US and Britain had pressed Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to invade Iran, seize its oil wealthy and overthrow the Islamic government in Tehran.

Facing a US-British invasion, Saddam Hussein ordered all foreigners in Iraq rounded up and confined to tourist hotels. Among the foreigners, I discovered four British scientific technicians who had been sent, or ‘seconded,’ to a newly built biowarfare chemical complex south of Baghdad at Salman Pak. They were then trucked to Baghdad as hostages against a US attack.

I managed to slip into the compound that held them and talked for hours over mugs of tea. The British tech team told me they had been secretly sent to Saddam Hussein’s Iraq by Britain’s Ministry of Defense and Britain’s MI6 Secret Intelligence Service to help Iraq’s military develop and deploy biological weapons for use against numerically superior Iranian forces on the Central Front, Al-Faw Peninsula, and again Kurdish rebels in the north.

The bio weapons included Anthrax, botulism, Q fever and tularemia that attacks the eyes, throat, skin and lymph nodes. Salman Pak also produced quantities of nerve and mustard gasses used against Iranian infantry formations.

Most raw materials for the germ and gas came from Europe. Feeder stocks for the germ/poison gas weapons came from the main UC chemical warfare plans at Ft. Detrick, Maryland.

A popular joke among western journalists in Baghdad went, ‘of course Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction. We have the delivery receipts.’

The times Iraq deployed its chemical/bio weapons against Iran, the results were nightmarish: blinded soldiers choking to death, unable to unable to breathe; soldiers with their skin peeling off; dead mothers holding babies in their arms. Many of these attacks were targeted by US satellites positioned over Iraq. US Air Force officers worked closely with their military counterparts Iraq.

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To this day, there remain tens of thousands of maimed, blinded, crippled Iraqi soldiers. It was Iraq’s version of World War I, cheerfully financed by the US, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. Iraq’s once thriving economy is mostly in ruins. US and British bombing even destroyed most of Iraq’s sewage systems, water reserves, hospitals and bridges. Contaminated water alone killed 500,000 Iraqi children, according to the UN, a price ‘worth paying’ said US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

The moral of this terrible story, and the current worldwide epidemic, is to immediately ban all chemical and biological weapons everywhere. Destroy all chem/bio warfare plants everywhere, including the US, Russa, China, India and Israel.

The COVID-19 virus is merely a taste of what a real biological war would be like. Many around the world who bear us ill cannot help but take notice how the world’s richest, mightiest nation can be brought to its knees by some invisible bugs.

When President Trump fulminates against China over COVID-19, he should be advised that the anthrax and other germ weapons used against Iraq in 1990 originated at Fort Detrick, just 50 miles NW of the White House, a mere one hour drive if traffic is not too heavy.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. The virus is real and killing people, including young people.

    This doesn’t mean that the Fuckers In Charge aren’t using it to steal all the money.

    While they steal all the money, you can bitch amongst yourselves about the Negroes. This is your Fuckers-in-Charge-assigned task. And you do it so well. They would give you a medal if it weren’t giving the game away.

    I mean, rich people are people, too.

  2. Two things:

    First:

    Many around the world who bear us ill

    In reality, that’s mostly the victims of the US Death Machine; they are motivated by a sense of unrequited injustice and righteous outrage, and their primary goal is to get the US Death Machine to stop killing their civilians and bombing their shit, and for the US Death Machine to fuck off back to its own territory.

    They do not have a direct desire to harm the US citizenry – which is why they don’t stoop to the US Death Machine’s level of depraved indifference to the lives of the broad populace.

    inb4 “9/11”: the mythical terrrrrrrrrrrists denied involvement immediately, on the grounds that targeting civilians is very very specifically haram.

    For theological contrast: targeting civilians is an Old Testament dick move (see Deut 13 and 20; Numbers 21; 1 Sam 15), which gives you some idea as to why it’s popular with (((some people))).

    Second:

    It has been my ‘base’ scenario that the path to the Singularity depends critically on preventing the political-parasite class from weaponising AI, molecular manufacture/nanotech and synthbio.

    If they manage to get that done (and it is, unambiguously, one of their goals), we are all fucked. For that reason alone it’s justifiable to wipe out politicians (there are other reasons, but this one’s the primary precautionary one).

    In the late 90s I wrote a bit of a screeching comment (I know – how uncharacteristic!) on nanodot about why that’s the case, having to do with their preferences as compared to the preferences of normal human beings.

    Short version:

    The political class attracts megalomaniacal sociopaths. Power is about relative position, not absolute: it is the gap between them and the median, that is more important than their actual level of wealth.

    They are already at satiety in consumption goods, and would still be at satiety be if the pie was the same size as it was in 1900. Their main objective is to widen the gap between their wealth and the median.

    This means that they are indifferent to the size of the pie so long as their share increases. They would set fire to the world – sacrificing a large chunk of their own wealth in the process – so long as it improved their relative position.

    If there was a credible threat to closing or eliminating the gap they prize, they will do everything in their power to prevent or suborn it. Nanotech is likely to eliminate the gap.

    Nothing has changed that has made me change my mind.

    There is actually grounds for hope – that actual humans might get past the ‘knee’ of the path to the Singularity before the political-parasites wipe us all out.

    The grounds for hope rest on the fact that working for the political class is stultifying – they therefore can’t attract or retain the type of high-quality talent required to do complex things competently.

    This is relevant to bioweaponry.

    At present, and pretty much from inception, biowarfare research is pretty amateurish and doesn’t attract quality talent: it’s basically mixing shit together in a very expensive bucket and seeing if the result is more deadly than the inputs (e.g., ‘aerosolising’ anthrax; digging up corpses infected with 1918 flu; playing around with smallpox; the mythical ‘novichok’).

    The buckets get more expensive, the buildings holding the buckets are more like semiconductor fabs, and the people wear expensive self-contained breathing apparatus… but who wants that job?

    Certainly not the best biochemists: as with all government endeavours, bioweapons research is operating with the second or third decile, at best.

    The risk now, is that (still-kinda-primitive) AI can act as a talent multiplier.

    We might still be safe on that front, though: government can’t attract or retain ‘base’ talent, and government external procurement is profoundly corrupt (and size-biased). That’s true across every sphere of activity.

    SO… when they try to hire in any AI talent, they end up with ‘HelloWorld‘ charlatans (the same type as their cybersecurity hires) – because the people making the procurement decisions have no fucking idea if the product they get at the end, is remotely fit for purpose.

    Think about the development fiasco for the F35, and then consider that the end-users do actually have a rough idea what an airworthy multi-role fighter looks like, and how to test whether the F35 is any good (e.g., put it up against an existing plane).

    Now, consider if nobody in the Air Force, Navy or Marines had the slightest clue what outputs to expect from a plane, or how to compare it to anything in their existing inventory.

    That’s where .gov is with respect to AI (and cybersecurity).

    We should still put anyone who has political aspirations in a woodchipper, just to make assurance double sure, and take a bond of fate.

    That’s what they would do if we were a risk to them.

    • Replies: @animalogic
  3. This is the soup course. Our foretaste was CIA’s anthrax germ warfare

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-2001-anthrax-deception-the-case-for-a-domestic-conspiracy-2/5417179

    In both cases CIA called their shots like Babe Ruth to optimize the panic, with Dark Winter before their anthrax attack and with 201 before the UNC chimera.

  4. To this day, there remain tens of thousands of maimed, blinded, crippled Iraqi soldiers.

    Indeed. Many of them injured by Iranian gas attacks, as in Halabja.
    https://www.twf.org/News/Y2003/0201-GasKurds.html

  5. Banning and destroying all biological and chemical weapons plants everywhere is a worthy goal. Is it doable?

    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Talha
  6. @Kratoklastes

    Elite psychology/spirit ecapsulated — 100% correct.
    “This means that they are indifferent to the size of the pie so long as their share increases. They would set fire to the world – sacrificing a large chunk of their own wealth in the process – so long as it improved their relative position.”
    Neitzche called it the “pathos of distance”.

  7. Realist says:
    @John Achterhof

    Banning and destroying all biological and chemical weapons plants everywhere is a worthy goal. Is it doable?

    No…too many dickheads.

  8. The worst Bioweapon is the African man.

  9. Sean says:

    War is always biological warfare because war gives the infectious disease its chance, but sometimes i epidemics let the stronger power double down. More soldiers died in the US Civil War from infectious disease than combat. World War One was the first conflict in which most of the deaths among soldiers were due to wounds from combat, but there were was still a substantial proportion, something like a third, killed by infectious disease even in WW1. The rising power (the US) was better able to cope with the Spanish Flu. Byzantium had the Justinian Plague, and the Neolithic farmer of Europe had there settlements (with the largest buildings in the world at that time) devastated by disease before the Yamnaya turned up.

    Examination of SARS-CoV-2’s structure indicates it is a bat virus recombined with one from a virus from a pangolin. Pangolin scales are a ‘masculinity enhancer’, or so the Chinese seem to think. In SARS-CoV-2, the Angiotensin Converting Enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor binding domain is from a pangolin, and that component of the chimerical virus is the key to how it enters human cells to infect them vastly more effectively than the original SARS of almost two decades ago. There will be no more cases in China they have had no domestically caught COVID-19 cases for days and banned foreigners going there.

    Does it matter if people are killed by war or nature?; Nature seems to be more deadly, perhaps because of evolved "diminishing returns" assessments that in humans confer a basic aversion to risk. Nature is like MacGyver. It hits on apparently unworkable but functioning solutions. The mutations in SARS-CoV that produced SARS-CoV-2 are ones that computer models suggest would not work. Such a counter-intuitive feature is a feature of evolutionary search rather that consciously directed design.

    Every twenty 0r thirty years there is a flu epidemic, and people have been saying we were overdue for one for decades. People still die of the endemic flu spread poor social distancing . Many might be saved from dying of the flu by the lockdown to flatten the COVID-19 curve . One year from now (this time next year) the total deaths, including those who die of COVID-19, could well be far less than if COVID -19 had never happened. Of course there could be a 1918 style second and much more deadly wave in October. Probably out of Chinese concentration camps for Muslims.

    • Replies: @HallParvey
  10. utu says:

    ” the anthrax and other germ weapons used against Iraq in 1990″ – Is this correct?

  11. The horror of this pandemic is a strong argument for banning biological weapons. But it is nuclear weapons – and the ever-increasing likelihood of their use – that is an even more terrifying prospect. Nature will be prosecuting biological warfare against post-apocalyptic survivors with diseases the developed world has not seen for years. Mankind has to confront its own nature to avoid Armageddon. The warnings of history are there.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

    • Agree: John Achterhof
  12. Eric Margolis:

    Mocking a race’s physical features is commonly understood to be “racist.”

    Do you refer to Africans as “coal black”?

    Do you refer to Jews as “hook nosed”?

    You wouldn’t dare.

    But surely our lily white democracies don’t stoop to making poison gas and germs?

    “Lily white”?? Your anti-White racism is what we expect from you people. But we Whiteys are getting uppity. Get used to it.

  13. Anon[993] • Disclaimer says:

    Iceland is about the only “lily white” nation on earth Eric.

    Eric, by 2040, your grandchildren will not be able to move to a majority-white nation because there wont be any.

    Biowarfare is a pure evil. God certainly would not approve.

    • Replies: @Anon
  14. Anon[205] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    Biowarfare is a pure evil. God certainly would not approve.

    Indeed.

  15. @Sean

    Airplanes are disease carriers. Just as ships carried rats infested with infected fleas that were the subcarriers of Bubonic plague to Europe long ago, Airplanes are today flying all around the world. One peculiar exception is the dearth of aircraft over Africa.

    Look at Flight Radar 24. It shows worldwide air traffic in real time. When corrected for time differences, there are more aircraft over New York state than over the entire continent of Africa.

    This doesn’t mean that Africa will avoid the disease. But it should be later in developing there.

  16. Fox says:

    It is illustrative to remember that Gruinard Island off the coast of Scotland is still off limits, ever since the Anthrax tests on orders of the ever-busy Winston Churchill in the 1940s. That was in preparation of the Anthrax attacks the madman had in mind for the largest German cities to eliminate Germans and over rural areas to eliminate livestock.
    The British military in mi -1944 recommended to dispense with biological warfare for the time being, although anthrax bombs had already been stockpiled. Someone must have thought that not every idea was a good idea.
    Imagine the destruction, the dust blown over the boarders, even into Britain, everywhere, and still Winston Churchill is worshipped on the front page of the Hagiography of the present world.

    Gripping descriptions of how a plague of any sort might thrust its fist into everyday live may be found in Boccaccio’s Decamerone or Poe’s Mask of the Red Death, and even as the Decamerone is a poetic painting of the plague in Italy, and Poe’s Mask of the Read Death pure fiction, I think that both convey the atmosphere and fear of a time when death is near and wafting through an unseen deadly agent very well.

    • Replies: @meena
    , @Parfois1
  17. nCorona COVID-19 is a bioweapon that was weaponized in USA & delivered to Wuhan China just in time for the Chinese New Year exodus of travellers.

    The CIA did the dirty deed because the USA is financially insolvent and as they lost hegemony they realized that China was going to surpass them due to USA incompetence system wide.

    The USA administrations are all serial felons with rap sheets longer than the international criminals they publically arrest.

    USA is a Ponzi empire of confidence men & women.

    They even raise their children to cheat, lie, & steal just as they do daily.

    America is not an honest nation that operates ethically on a transnational level.

    De-Americanization is the new road to take going forward.

    RW

  18. Talha says:
    @John Achterhof

    I certainly hope so. If there is enough of a political will by the populace; and this is the best time to do it while it is fresh in peoples’ heads all over the world what price humanity may have to pay if something like this was weaponized and got out.

    Peace.

    • Replies: @John Achterhof
  19. meena says:
    @Fox

    In 1981 newspapers began receiving messages with the heading “Operation Dark Harvest” which demanded that the government decontaminate the island, and reported that a “team of microbiologists from two universities” had landed on the island with the aid of local people and collected 300 lb (140 kg) of soil.

    The group threatened to leave samples of the soil “at appropriate points that will ensure the rapid loss of indifference of the government and the equally rapid education of the general public”. wikipedia

    Didn’t the 911 mastermind offer same rationale ?

    UK and USA have been in the thick of the bioweapons mayhem Lot of fascination with bacilli until the viruses were found safe easy to handle for same purpose .

  20. @Talha

    Yeah, I think the idea would have worldwide public support. But would an international agreement with programs of inspections and whistle-blower protections be effective in enforcing compliance? It seems much easier for a government to have a covert bio weapons lab and stock (for national defense and research against disease as understood by those inside) than a covert nuclear weapons program.

    Anyway, the global threat posed by bio weapons programs (including accidental release) is one more issue, along with nuclear weapons and environment (climate, biodiversity), that points to the practical self-interest of states to concede a small measure of national sovereignty to some form of international organization in taking on issues that pertain at this higher level.

    • Replies: @Talha
    , @SafeNow
  21. Talha says:
    @John Achterhof

    You make good points. This would definitely be easier to hide than a nuclear weapons program. I really don’t have enough knowledge to know how it could be technically pulled off, but at least it should no longer be legal. If some government agency tried to do it under the table, they should know they could go to jail for it.

    Peace.

    • Agree: John Achterhof
  22. SafeNow says:
    @John Achterhof

    …and asteroids. Don’t forget large-asteroid detection/strike-avoidance.

    Adm. Nimitz, concluding his review of the tragic “Halsey Hurricane”: It it is dangerous to be grudging about safety precautions for fear that the precautions might turn out to have been unnecessary.

  23. Lily-white democracies?

    There probably will not be a single white majority country left in the world by the end of this century.

    That should please virtue-signaller Margolis immensely.

  24. Parfois1 says:
    @Fox

    It is illustrative to remember that Gruinard Island off the coast of Scotland is still off limits, ever since the Anthrax tests on orders of the ever-busy Winston Churchill in the 1940s.

    Thank you for that snippet of history. I knew about the US deployment of nerve gas to WWII Europe (killed some Italians) but did not know about Churchill’s anthrax plans for Germany. His stature of evilness is even greater than I imagined.

    Considering the incineration of German cities – knowing that the Germans would retaliate in turn (apparently to make a rapprochement impossible) – was a despicable crime against the British as well as the German peoples, there was no limit to his depravity. What a monster!

    On the other hand, the US “cousins” did even worse to the Japanese and many others since. Churchill is not alone in the pantheon of mass murderers.

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