War of the (terror) Worlds

for a moment, consider how close to reality the following fictional reports from our freelance reporter O. Wells III might be….

One Month Ago: This reporter has learned that following the horrific bombing at the Moscow Airport, during a private exchange between Russia’s President Medvedev and the US President Obama over the signing of the nuclear arms reduction pact, the Russian President has offered President Obama “any and all means available” to rid the world of the terrorists in Afghanistan……

Two Weeks Ago: The World Health Organization has sent a team of infectious disease specialists into an undisclosed region of the Helmand Province near the Afghan Pakistan border.  An anonymous source is reporting that the WHO has received reports of illness and death among the poppy field workers, describing rapid onset of fever and skin rashes that could be blisters or pustules…..  In unrelated news, local broadcasts have indicated that US and allied troops suddenly left the area several weeks earlier…..

One Week Ago:  Undisclosed sources at the WHO regional testing laboratory have confirmed that samples taken from patients in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan point to a smallpox epidemic that has an epicenter in the mountains of the Afghan Pakistan border…..

Today: We have received reports confirming that Osamba Bin Laden and a number of high ranking Al Qaeda officials along with numbers of Taliban troops are among the dead identified in the Helmand Province smallpox epidemic….WHO officials are reporting that the source of the epidemic is likely to be related to the practice of Al Qaeda and Taliban soldiers to hide weapons in the graves of old cemeteries in the region and speculation that one or more of those graves contained bodies of people who had died of smallpox before the eradication of smallpox in the region…..Officials have denied any linkage of the epidemic to reports that a drone was seen criss-crossing the area releasing a cloud of dust just after foreign troops left….Military officials say the drone was smoking from an engine malfunction and that it was later recovered and repaired…..

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  1. Frank M.
    Frank M. says:

    During the Bush administration a decision was made to NOT destroy US smallpox virus inventories at the Centers for Disease Control. The rationale included an old one, one the Soviets used to justify their illegal smallpox virus research during their violation of the biological weapons convention; that is that we may need those stocks to design antiviral drugs should smallpox re-emerge from bodies buried in the permafrost that might thaw and release smallpox. The other concern was that someone might just release smallpox in an attack and we couldn’t be sure who might or might not have smallpox in their freezers.
    But we have to consider that, even though it might be seen as symbolic and the conspiracy theorists would say that we could never be sure the US destroyed all their stocks, by destroying the US stocks we would be making a statement that we will not tempt anyone in the US to use smallpox and that any smallpox that might appear in the world could certainly not come from a US freezer. (Remember that the anthrax letters of 2001 carried the genes of US stocks of anthrax and the FBI believes that a US scientist mailed those letters). So, why tempt someone else to do the same with smallpox? The US should take a stand and should Mr. Wells fiction become reality then the US government could face the world and with a straight face say this did not come from our labs.
    Note: Dr. Frank is the co-author of my fiction book Crescent Veil

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