BIOCHEM WEAPONS NO BIGGIE

BIOCHEM WEAPONS NO BIGGIEGregg Easterbrook has a message for the people driving themselves into a frenzy over a possible chemical or biological attack: chill."The image of... clouds of biological weapons envelop(ing) a city owes more to science fiction than reality," he writes in the New York Times. "Any one person's odds of harm far less than a million to one. Your risk of dying in a car accident while driving to buy duct tape likely exceeds your risk of dying because you lacked duct tape."Why? Because, as I've reported previously, it's almost impossible to actually mount a poison strike. Easterbrook notes, "The Japanese use of fleas infected with bubonic plague against Chinese cities in World War II was the only successful instance of bioattacks in contemporary warfare."

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