The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Where was Mr. Bush when anthrax came calling?

Jan 20, 2003

Anthrax has once again shown up in the U.S. postal system – this time at a mail facility in Washington D.C. serving only the government. Tests last week indicated the presence of anthrax spores.

A spokesman for the Postal Service emphasized "There's absolutely nothing that indicates we have a contamination problem here" – just like they did after the earlier anthrax attacks. But two postal employees and three others died after anthrax spores were sent through the mail in the first attacks.

In any case, this shines the light on the earlier anthrax attacks once again. As we all remember, there was a great deal of noise about them – until it became clear that the person who had carried out these terrorist attacks could only have come from a U.S. military research facility – in fact, from only a very few facilities.

At that point, the whole case seemed to drop from view. No one was ever arrested, no one ever charged. And for all the statements made in recent months by the government, it might as well have never happened.

The reason seems obvious enough. The anthrax terrorist, by all accounts, was one of their own.

Today, we hear a lot about Saddam Hussein and his supposed stores of biological weapons, including anthrax. Bush would like us to think that we are in mortal danger from something like an anthrax attack launched somehow or other from Iraq.

We are in danger – but not from Iraq. We have been put in danger by this government which never stopped doing research into these horrendous weapons.

This latest anthrax "incident" – as they call it – makes that point loud and clear.