The Mark of Doom: Bio Weapons
- The Mark of Doom
02 March 2004
In the not-so-distant future, a new kind of weapon
could appear that would change the balance of
political power in the world. This main principle
behind this weapon: seek and destroy according to
American scientists have declared that in ten years
they will succeed in creating a radically new type of
biological weapon. This weapon would be capable of
infecting people according to a genetically
predetermined marker such as skin color or eye shape.
Infection could have a delayed effect or only begin
once a certain type of medicine was taken. A recent
closed seminar held by the CIA was devoted to the
topic. The event took place as part of the Project for
the New American Century.
A slow sickness
Scientists have been exploring the possibilities of
selective biological weapons for some time now. This
is roughly how these weapons would work. Genetic
information is implanted into bacteria's
"programming," reflecting the gene structure or gene
combination of a certain targeted group of people.
Once the programmed bacteria enter someone's system,
they "recognize" their target and kill the person. If
the genetic structure of the infected person does not
correspond, the microbe dies without harming him.
Even specialists will have a hard time differentiating
bacterial ethnic cleansing from a regular epidemic, if
only because the countries leading the development of
these weapons could purposefully misinform the public.
There will be few direct clues.
Another difficulty is that this weapon could have a
delayed effect. It could be turned on by a trigger
mechanism, meaning it could target not only specific
people but also people under very specific conditions.
This means that illness could be delayed not just by
days but for an indefinite period of time. Yet the
moment the infected person, say, comes down with strep
throat and takes antibiotics, the bacteria begin to
multiply, leading to a severe illness that eludes
"It is already possible today to create antibiotic
resistant cultures," Alexander Prozorov, a professor
in the microorganism genetics lab at the Russian
Academy of Science Institute for General Genetics,
told Expert. The most striking examples of this type
of culture are streptomycin-dependent bacteria that
only grow in the presence of the antibiotic
streptomycin. This will make it hard for doctors to do
much, as traditional pharmaceuticals won't help. On
the contrary, treatment will only make the patient
Yet the most terrifying new possibility is the
hypothetical biological weapon that could infect
people according to genetic markers. Not only would it
allow for genocide; it would be created specifically
for that purpose. A recent report by the British
Medical Association stated that "the rapid progress in
genetics could become the basis for ethnic cleansing
on an unheard of scale in the near future."
Three years ago, ideologues like US Deputy Defense
Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and PNAC Director William
Crystal were already discussing genetic weapons. They
recommended that the Pentagon consider the possibility
for using this type of weapon not only to successfully
wage war, but also to reconfigure world politics.
According to a PNAC report, genetic weapons could
completely change the politics of the entire planet:
"cutting-edge biological warfare targeting a certain
genotype could turn the reign of terrorism into a
politically useful tool."
According to information from PNAC, Israel has also
recently begun to work actively on mutagenic weapons.
Israel geneticists confirm that Arabs carry a unique
gene that no one else in the world has. This gene
forms the basis for the Israeli research, believe
Things look far more frightening, in fact. Genetic
weapons could do more than destroy an ethnic group.
They could kill according to a person's "usefulness"
or "talents." American journalist and bestselling
author Thom Hartmann has argued that it would even be
possible to kill those with the gene for attention
deficit disorder. This means that if you are easily
distracted and have a hard time concentrating (there
could be other selection criteria as well), you could
end up marked for destruction.
We will survive
Fortunately, it is not as easy to create a selective
biological weapon as some scientists are claiming.
Though it may be possible to create bacteria that
multiple only when a person takes a specific
medication, the creation of an effective genetic
weapon that would not harm the developers themselves
seems unrealistic in the foreseeable future.
"It is hard to imagine how a microbe would determine
the presence or absence of a certain gene or its
structure. Even a researcher armed with the last word
in scientific technology has a hard time doing this.
It would impossible for bacteria to accomplish such a
task," believes Prozorov.
And so on. Even if bacteria could learn how to
identify specific genes, how would this information be
transformed into infection? That bacteria multiply in
the presence of certain antibiotics is clear, but how
would information about eye and hair color turn into
certain doom for the world's blue-eyed blonds? For
this kind of weapon to become a reality, its creators
would have to stuff the bacteria with a powerful
"computer" to identify genes and at the same time arm
them with the means to begin an infection.
There is one more reason why this kind of biological
weapon is unlikely to be as effective as the
ideologues would wish. As Nazi doctor Josef Mengele
put it, "Scratch a Frenchman and find an African."
Humanity has existed for many millennia. In the
context of all our past tribal and intertribal
connections, it is not far from the truth to say that
we are all brothers. "Over the many years of human
existence, ethnics groups have intermingled to such an
extent that the genetic structures determining ethnic
identity have blurred and become difficult to
recognize," notes Prozorov.
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