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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

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— Karl Marx

Anthrax Attacks—As They Designed It to Do

Jan 7, 2002

On January 1, the EPA declared that, pending final test results, they believe Senator Tom Daschle’s office to be free of anthrax spores.

From the first discovery of the spores, on October 15, it has taken nearly three months to clean up this contamination. Not because it was low priority! U.S. senators and their Senate Office Building are going to get the best care money can buy.

Yet, the clean-up took this long, with all the fumigations (and failed fumigations) and the very best technology available.

The very best available does not seem to be very good. And isn’t that curious? Because the people in charge of the U.S. military biological weapons program have said, for years, that the only purpose of their anthrax program is to develop defenses against it. They have said, over and over, that they are not producing anthrax as an offensive weapon.

But now, some renegade from their own ranks, with an anthrax strain that they made, in a weapons-grade form that they invented, has succeeded in killing five people. And where were all these advanced defensive measures that they were supposed to be working on? Nowhere to be found!

Imagine some other renegade, or even an accidental release or–what the U.S. military has been preparing for–to use it themselves against a civilian population. Imagine the impact of anthrax if it were released over a wide area.

This is the real significance of this very contained anthrax attack: the possibility of a much wider one.

These liars have an anthrax program, all right. Their program is to find the best way to turn anthrax into an efficient weapon of mass destruction. In that they have succeeded.