In the next five years, terrorists will use a weapon of mass destruction somewhere in the world, a blue-ribbon commission created by Congress said Monday.
The story gave me pause, especially given the recent coordinated attacks in Mumbai. And I don’t normally post anything but local news here, but this is a report that could, quite obviously, affect all of us.
Here in Kitsap, our local authorities seem to believe such an attack would most likely be carried out on a Washington State ferry. Anyone remember that episode of Gray’s Anatomy? (pictured). And, we were reminded of the possibility last month with a threat to bomb the Hyak.
CNN’s story quoted former Senator Bob Graham in talking about just what form such an attack would come. Biological is more likely than nuclear, he’s quoted as saying. Here’s more:
“The consequences of a biological attack are almost beyond comprehension. It would be 9/11 times 10 or a hundred in terms of the number of people who would be killed,” former Sen. Bob Graham said.
He cited the flu virus that killed millions of people in 1918 as an example.
“Today it is still in the laboratory, but if it should get out and into the hands of scientists who knew how to use it for a violent purpose, we could have multiple times the 40 million people who were killed 100 years ago,” he said.
The U.S. government “needs to move more aggressively to limit” the spread of biological weapons, the commission said in its report.
Graham warned that such measures would be costly, but were necessary.
“The leadership of this country and the world will have to decide how much of a priority … they place on avoiding the worst weapons in the world getting in the hands of the worst people in the world,” he said.
“It is not going to be cheap. It is not going to be accomplished without some sacrifices. It won’t be accomplished without putting this issue ahead of some other competing national and international goals. But I think our safety and security depend upon doing so,” he added.