Open Thread Terrorism

We’re All Going to Die After These Messages


Artist – Chan Lowe

To answer my own question which I posted last week — peak fearmonger clearly is a myth because this just keeps getting more ridiculous.

Writing for the Washington Post, Marc Thiessen shares a hypothetical bio-terrorism snuff film that takes place in his head each night.

Terrorists could collect samples of infected body fluids, and then place them on doorknobs, handrails or airplane tray tables, allowing Ebola to spread quietly before officials even realize that a biological attack has taken place.

Think it can’t happen? If an Ebola-infected Liberian, Thomas Eric Duncan, was able to fly to Dallas, what is to stop an Ebola-infected terrorist from doing the same? And if our health-care system was unable to handle a single Ebola patient, imagine what would happen if 50, 100 or more Ebola patients started showing up at U.S. hospitals.

The only people infected by Thomas Eric Duncan were the nurses who directly cared for him without protective gear. Duncan traveled here and had close contact with family without infecting anyone else.

Our healthcare system is handling other Ebola patients just fine. Thomas Eric Duncan was handled poorly by for-profit hospital administrators who first sent him home from the ER and did not prepare their staff for what they faced next. You could make the case that the only reason he died is because he was sent home after his first visit to the hospital.

What’s to stop terrorists from smearing Ebola on your doorknobs? I don’t know, what’s to stop monkeys from flying out of Thiessen’s ass?