Dr. Leonard Horowitz – Emerging Viruses: AIDS And Ebola : Nature, Accident or Intentional?

In light of the Ebola Virus scare gripping the world as thousands perish in West African countries and questions are being asked about how an Ebola infected Liberian by the name of Thomas Eric Duncan was allowed to board a plane and easily fly to the United States, it would be relevant to look back at a lecture that Dr. Leonard Horowitz gave several years ago based on his book Emerging Viruses: AIDS And Ebola : Nature, Accident or Intentional?.

Very few people are aware that former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who still advises the US government from time to time, wrote National Security Memo 200 titled Implications of Worldwide Population Growth For U.S. Security and Overseas Interests (THE KISSINGER REPORT)in the 1970s that viewed worldwide population growth as a national security threat to the the United States. In 1998 a group of conservatives that included past members of the Bush administration discussed developing biological weapons that could target people by race thus wiping out a country’s population while leaving its wealth and infrastructure intact in the white paper REBUILDING AMERICA’S DEFENSES Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century.

Strategy for Transforming Conventional Forces

Read below notions of how conventional warfare will be conducted in the future, including the use of microbes and “advanced forms of biological warfare that can ‘target’ specific genotypes.”

“In exploiting the ‘revolution in military affairs,’ the Pentagon must be driven by the enduring missions for U.S. forces. This process will have two stages: transition, featuring a mix of current and new systems; and true transformation, featuring new systems, organizations and operational concepts. This process must take a competitive approach, with services and joint-service operations competing for new roles and missions. Any successful process of transformation must be linked to the services, which are the institutions within the Defense Department with the ability and the responsibility for linking budgets and resources to specific missions” (p. 51).

“Although it may take several decades for the process of transformation to unfold, in time, the art of warfare on air, land, and sea will be vastly different than it is today, and ‘combat’ likely will take place in new dimensions: in space, ‘cyber-space,’ and perhaps the world of microbes. Air warfare may no longer be fought by pilots manning tactical fighter aircraft sweeping the skies of opposing fighters, but a regime dominated by long-range, stealthy unmanned craft. On land, the clash of massive, combined-arms armored forces may be replaced by the dashes of much lighter, stealthier and information-intensive forces, augmented by fleets of robots, some small enough to fit in soldiers’ pockets. Control of the sea could be largely determined not by fleets of surface combatants and aircraft carriers, but from land- and space-based systems, forcing navies to maneuver and fight underwater. Space itself will become a theater of war, as nations gain access to space capabilities and come to rely on them; further, the distinction between military and commercial space systems – combatants and noncombatants – will become blurred. Information systems will become an important focus of attack, particularly for U.S. enemies seeking to short-circuit sophisticated American forces. And advanced forms of biological warfare that can target specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool” (p. 60).

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