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This isn't good

by anna at 08:24 AM on April 16, 2005

It's one of those stories buried deep within the paper. You tend to skim over it because the headline contains the words "flu strain." That is a big mistake.

Here's the deal in a nutshell: As part of a quality control test, some Canadian firm mailed the flu bug to 4,000 labs. It was supposed to be the puke and feel achy and nauseous for two days bug. It was not. It was this super-virulent killer bug that snuffed out over a million folks in 1957-58. It hasn't been in circulation since, so nobody has any immunity to it. The World Health Org was mighty upset about this creep development. They urged the labs to destroy all traces of the nasty germs pronto.

That is the old news. Here is the new news: 15 of 19 countries have confirmed that it is all gone. Burned to a crisp. The countries that haven't complied with this urgent order are---drum roll please---1) Japan, where one of the few bio-terrorist attacks occured in a crowded Tokyo subway. 2) Israel, where terrorism is a day-to-day occurrence, like afternoon showers in Florida. 3) The US, home to the worst terrorism attack in history.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention: 4) Saudi Arabia, where the violent Wahhibi strain of Islam is state-sanctioned, beheadings occur daily and 15 of the 19 9/11 mass murderers came from.

As I said, this isn't good.

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