Weapons of Mass Destruction

January 31, 2012

Smallpox

This old world disease wiped out not only 60 million Europeans but is also responsible for decreasing the native population of the New world by 90-95%.

For instance, in Mexico, as the Spaniards realized were outnumbered by the Aztecs, they decided withdraw. As they were proceeding, a Spanish soldier carrying smallpox died. Aztecs contracted the virus and their army was annihilated.

Spanish Flu

Ladies and gentlemen, in fourth comes all the terrorists of history, in third comes nuclear weapons, in second comes the World War 2, and in first…comes the Spanish Flu.

Its inception as well as its extermination is unknown: the pandemic came and went like a flash.

Spanish influenza was a more severe version of your typical flu. Until this day, there is no cure for the influenza virus. All that can be done is to request for your doctor to make you as “comfortable” as possible as you slowly drown in your own lungs.

It is said that military throughout history has implemented and refined their military tactics by studying nature… waterboarding?!?

Black Death or Black Plague

One of the deadliest in history, which includes three Units: the Bubonic plague (land strike: attacks through skin), Septicemic plague (naval combat: attacks blood) and the Pneumonic plague (air warfare: attacks lungs).

The total number of deaths worldwide from the pandemic is estimated at 75 million people (including 2/3 of Europe’s population).

Sounds like nature’s version of the Navy SEALs (United States Navy’s Sea, Air, and Land Teams).

Malaria

It kills about 2 million people per year, which represents at least one death every 30 seconds. Its parasites are transmitted by female mosquitoes.

The parasites causes symptoms that includes light headedness, shortness of breath, as well as other general symptoms such as fever, chills, nausea, flu-like illness, and in severe cases, coma and death.

Doesn’t this sound like falling in love? Now that I think about it, many classic romance movies / love stories effortlessly merge disease and love. Critically acclaimed pictures such as “Le Hussard Sur le Toit (The Horseman on the Roof) “, El amor en los tiempos del cólera (Love in the Time of Cholera) “, “ The Painted Veil ”…. Wait a minute, these movies blend love and cholera and not malaria. What is so romantic about cholera?

Cholera

Said to have emerged in 19th century India, it is the first true pandemic that kept on reemerged in various waves: eight in all.

The main symptoms, which occur within days, are profuse watery diarrhea and vomiting. Transmission occurs primarily by drinking or eating water or food that has been contaminated by the feces of an infected person.

Despite modern medicine, cholera remains an efficient killer.

Ok I now see the parallels…

AIDS

First recognized in 1981, there are an estimated 40.3 million people now living with HIV.
The key facts surrounding this origin of AIDS are currently unknown, particularly where and when the pandemic began, though it is said that it originated from the apes in Africa.

It is said that it is the “government” that administered AIDS. It is not a Pseudo Fairy Tales. Various scientists, including Nobel Peace Prize laureates, openly affirmed that AIDS is a biological weapon created by the developed world to wipe out a certain undesirable parts of society. Most of them were obligated to retract their statements.

Whether you believe it or not, if true, that Machiavellian plan majorly backfired as it is now a disease that affects people from all walks of life, race, nationality, gender, sexual preference, age group, socio-economic backgrounds…

Typhus

Its etymology is from the Greek typhos, meaning smoky or lazy. Anything but, as it killed 3 million people, including the better part of Napoleon’s army in Russia.

During Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow in 1812, more soldiers died of typhus than were killed by the Russians. During World War I, typhus caused three million deaths in Russia and more in Poland and Romania. A vaccine was then developed during World War II.

Typhus strives in cold weather. We have now identified this collaboration between Typhus and The Soviet Winter, which is responsible for the military failures of the enemy. Common Russian nicknames for that frigid climate are General Frost, General Winter and General Snow. They actually named and ranked their winter, their savior, their god, as “General”, the highest military rank.

Ahhh… these Russians! Giving respect where it is due. Well most of the time … sorry Gorbachev.

Thus, history is not just an assemblage of fairy tales. It puts everything in perspective. For example, sometimes a mistake is like wearing white after Labor Day, and other times a mistake is invading Russia in winter! …

Bref, now, you must have been wondering what is that picture associated with this post? Or, some might wonder why do I have an image of a Plague Doctor associated with my post? Well, they were often not real practitioners, but did the dirty work as well as they knew how. As you can imagine the stench, they wore a beak-like mask which was filled with aromatic substances.

History also reflects how everything changes but stays the same. Plague doctors were incompetent men, executing orders coming from shielded knowledgeable men; sacrificing their lives, believing that they could change the world, fighting against powerful plagues, one person at a time; with a bunch of flowers stuffed in a beak!

As George W. would say: “Go troops! … Mission accomplished!”

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One Response to “Weapons of Mass Destruction”

  1. Langdon Aulger said

    I just hope the English sweating sickness never returns !

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