vudukungfu: Why is it such a political hot potato with these guys?Just farking take them out.Nuke them until they glow.And take any DNA associated with them out, too.Leave no one that can play revenge.no one.
Sin_City_Superhero: Remember, you can't say "bubonic" without "boob".
Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: Can mosquitos carry the bubonic plague? I don't have a lot of run-ins with fleas.
madgonad: Weaponizing biologicals is really hard to do.
ZAZ: Smallpox is not a great weapon because it can be defeated by quarantine. It is spread by close contact and there are few or no asymptomatic carriers.Over 99% of people infected with polio do not show symptoms, but that rate is too high to make it a good weapon. The disease is also too slow to be effective as a terror weapon.Plague is actually a decent starting point because it is moderately deadly and has insect vectors and animal hosts. It's just not deadly enough to sustain an outbreak in a country like America, where people can be treated and isolated.
Felgraf: Aren't there already *NATURAL* plague reservoirs in the US anyways?
Felgraf: Aren't there already *NATURAL* plague reservoirs in the US anyways?I think prairie dogs are a potential reservoir?
garkola: This shows that ISIS has an imagination and thinks about how to operationalize their ideas. While the threat itself is pretty baseless, the fact that they're going through the thought process is bad news.They seem a lot more centralized and focused than AlQ, so they probably won't have little splinter cells doing their own thing.
queezyweezel: vudukungfu: Why is it such a political hot potato with these guys?Just farking take them out.Nuke them until they glow.And take any DNA associated with them out, too.Leave no one that can play revenge.no one.Well, as soon as you identify who "they" are, make sure to tell the US military. They're a bunch of cowards that hide behind women and children. They hide their weapons in schools, hospitals, and churches, and operate in countries that we're not so friendly with. Makes it a bit tricky. Unless of course you're proposing genocide on a massive scale. In that case, it'd be pretty easy.
CruJones: I'm currently reading The Second World War, which is long as hell but really interesting, and I just yesterday learned the Germans flooded part of Sicily or some Italian city then planted malaria carrying mosquitoes to infect the Italians for surrendering. They even destroyed all the quinine used to treat it. I think 50,000 people were infected. Old school chemical warfare./the more you know
devilEther: What worries me most about that is I'd never get to find out how Game of Thrones ends.
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