Judith and her Crescent Veil co-author Dr. Frank Malinoski spent a wonderful evening recently with the members of Wilmington’s Ebony Book Club. What wonderful and insightful discussions around Crescent Veil, my motivation for writing, and the history of biological weapons. The fellowship, friendship, and dinner were awesome. I can’t wait to share the sequel with this great group of readers and thinkers.
In a NY Times article about Karl Rove’s new book “Courage and Consequences: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight” reporter Peter Baker notes that, according to Rove, former President Bush would not have gone to war in Iraq had there not been weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) there. WOW!
Of course Baker then goes on to show Rove’s speculation that Congress would not have approved (NO KIDDING) and that the administration would have tried “other means” to limit Saddam’s tyranny. REALLY?
For most folks this probably means “case closed”, at best the Bush administration (and the Brits) simply goofed in their intelligence estimates of what was going on in Iraq at the time. BUT, from both sides of the politics there are a couple of chapters remaining to answer a few lingering questions:
“If that was the main reason, what was the rush to war?”
“Who really thought the US could go to war against a biological weapons program that could hide enough force to kill millions of people on the head of a pin or inside the barrel of a pen?”
“How far had Saddam gone with his illegal WMD programs when he threw out the inspectors in 1998 and what happened to those bombs, toxin and bacterial stocks between 1998 and 2003?” Remember that it is a fact that Iraq had admitted a program at the end of the first Gulf War & UN inspectors through at least 1995 had uncovered a rudimentary but significant weapons program.
Looking for that next event. Any suggestions, let me know.
I’ve explained the missing WMDs in Iraq…
So, what’s next?
Ever wonder why no one has claimed responsibilities for the last BW attack on US soil, the anthrax letters? Why are relatives of Dr. Bruce Ivins saying he didn’t do it.
Read about biocriminologist Wayne Swift’s next adventures as he gets to the bottom of the conspiracy behind the 2001 anthrax letters…and more… in LD (Lethal Dose)-50 coming in 2010.
For fans of Wayne, Matt, Richard and the crew. Yes, they are off on another adventure. This time uncovering a deeper conspiracy right here under our noses (or should I say feet) in the US. And if you ask why it took so long, well, writing “on the edge” of reality, we had to scrap the idea of explaining where the anthrax letters originated when the accused USAMRIID scientist, Dr. Bruce Ivins, committed suicide and the FBI declared “case closed.” Don’t worry, like the National Academy of Sciences, we don’t think that case is really closed, we just found a new trail (and yes there will be caves for those who remember Wayne’s previous exploits) and even a bit of the mystical when the sequel resurfaces. We haven’t decided on a title yet…Any ideas? We may have a contest. Let us know!
Simply put, they all have been used in dispersing biological weapons.
At the “Battle of Tortona” in Italy in 1155, Barbarossa had human body parts dropped into the wells of his enemy to contaminate their water supplies.
Catapults were used to send dead and infected bodies of plaque victims over castle walls to infect the inhabitants under siege. In 1346-47 the Mongols used this tactic successfully at the city of Kaffa (in Crimea), forcing the Germans to flee.
During the French & Indian Wars in the USA 1763, blankets from patients that carried the smallpox virus were given to American Indians by British troops to infect and kill them.
In 1940 the Japanese took rats that were infested with plaque carrying fleas and set them loose in China causing epidemics.
In 1978 while living in London, a needle on the tip of an umbrella was used as a weapon to assassinate Georgi Markov. The neelde injected a pellet laced with lethal ricin toxin in to the diplomat.
And in 1984 a radical group in Oregon state laced the salad bar of a local restaurant with salmonella in order to make the population sick so they couldn’t vote against their candidates in a local election.
And then there are the anthrax letters of September 2001…..
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