Taking Aim
With Ralph Schoenman and Mya Shone

SARS and Bioweapons: The Underlying Politics

May 6, 2003

A fever pitch of fear swept through the United States and around the world. The media showed endless pictures of Asian people wearing protective face masks, gave day-by-day accounts of suspected cases and deaths.

SARS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, a pneumonia-like flu, had struck. "SARS Could Be Worse Thank AIDS," was the title of an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, that pointed to Dr. Patrick Dixon of the London Business School's estimation that "1 billion people could be affected within 60 weeks."

The World Health Organization declared drastic measures must be taken and marked country after country in Asia, as well as the city of Toronto, Canada, unsafe for travel. Singapore scanned all in-coming air passengers and placed those with a fever under a ten-day quarantine. Ten thousand people were quarantined in China while towns and villages set up barricades to bar entry to anyone coming from Beijing.

Recognizing that the response was out of whack with the progression of the disease, Dr. Len Horowitz, author of Emerging Viruses: AIDS and Ebola–Nature, Accident or Intentional?, noted that "SARS has all the earmarks of a novel social experiment in population manipulation." Geneticists also questioned whether SARS is a naturally-occurring corona virus (of which the common cold is an example).

In "SARS and Bioweapons: The Underlying Politics you will learn more about the governmental response to SARS as well as the search to determine if it is a mutating virus or a bio-weapon unleashed on China. Find out about the use of bio-weapons over many decades and their impact upon people worldwide.