Bubonic plague is commonly believed to have been the cause of the Black Death that swept through Europe in the 14th century and killed an estimated 25 million people, 30 – 60% of the population. “Some of the earliest instances of biological warfare were said to have been products of the plague, as armies of the 14th century were recorded catapulting diseased corpses over the walls of towns and villages to spread the pestilence.” Wikipedia.
What, you may ask, does Bubonic Plague have to do with terrorism and Ebola?
ISIS is most likely thinking of ways to use Ebola as a low-tech weapon of bio-terror. Similar to enemies throwing corpses over town walls in the middle ages, so too can terrorists of today walk a living corpse, infected with the deadly Ebola virus, into the public assembly of their choice, and catapult him or her into liters of human body fluids spread over the multitude of individuals in the vicinity. Ball game, church, synagogue, mosque, shopping mall, political rally, you name it, all are fair game.
Far fetched? Not according to Capt. Al Shimkus, Ret., a Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. reported in Forbes. Or collect body fluids from intentionally infected terrorist volunteers to use anyway, anywhere they choose. “And with a significant portion of West Africa now in an open epidemic, it arguably wouldn’t be difficult for a terrorist group to simply waltz in and make off with some infected bodily fluids for use elsewhere at another time,” says Shimkus.
So, bio-terrorism is nothing new, it just has a new vehicle: Ebola. Knowing the inhumanity of ISIS and their ilk, nothing will surprise me.