Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The tularemia attack

There's an article in Salon on the presence of tularemia at the site of the demonstrations in Washington on September 24. Some people did indeed get sick, and the presence of tularemia cannot be explained by natural causes. Then it concludes that it must have been an attack by terrorists. Yeah, that makes sense. Osama is in his lair in the wilds of Pakistan planning his next move, which could be an attack against anyone in the United States, and he decides to attack . . . an anti-Bush rally! Of course, there is no mention in the article of the semi-secret Pentagon anti-WMD terror exercise that was conducted in Washington in the previous week (although it does vaguely mention the possibility that "somebody was testing U.S. biological weapons defenses"). I guess it all depends on what you mean by 'terrorist'.