Pandemic Potential in Mid East Bio Warfare
The invaluable DebkaFiles looks at the truly grusome and remarkably perverse potential outcomes of bio-warfare in the Middle East. The critical factor is that the Palestinians live cheek by jowl with the Israelis. Hit Israel with biologicals and you will also infect swaths of Palestinian territory.
But the effects are likely to be startlingly asymetrical. Israel has a first world medical care system. It has been preparing for the possibility of bio-war since the last time Iraq was belligerent. It has a plan and the capacity to execute it.
The Palestinian Authority, a joke government foisted on a long suffering people, has no plan, few doctors, next to no supplies and a dense population. Smallpox or any of the other little horrors Saddam is waving about would decimate - no, worse than that, eradicate large sections of the poor Palestinians.
And the terror would not stop there: Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi are all vunerable. So are we in the West unless, at the very first sign of biologicals we shut our borders tight - which would be very difficult to do.
The quicker Saddam goes the safer we will all be.