It has been reported that at least 40 al-Qaida terrorists have died from the plague in a training camp in Algeria. The report begs the question of how they contracted the deadly disease, which is believed to have been dormant for at least five years. Only relatively isolated outbreaks of the plague have been reported since The Third Pandemic in the middle of the 19th century, when the disease spread to all inhabited continents, killing millions.

But Georgia University’s  Dr. Igor Khrupinov has an interesting theory, as reported by The Sun:

“Al-Qaeda is known to experiment with biological weapons. And this group has direct communication with other cells around the world.”

“Contagious diseases, like ebola and anthrax, occur in northern Africa. It makes sense that people are trying to use them against Western governments.”

Dr. Khrupinov was at one time Mikhail Gorbachev’s arms advisor. And the Sun article reminds us that Osama’s bad guys were known to have experimented with anthrax in Afghanistan in 2001. What would stop them from trading up to even more virulent bacteria for potential biological weapons?  Just last year it was learned that a hundred suspected terrorists attempted to gain access to labs by becoming students in Britain. These maniacs, after all, plotted to poison London’s water a couple of years ago, but their plan was discovered, and they were prevented from carrying it out.

I can almost picture the scene in the Algerian terrorist training camp:

“Amin, you fool, be very careful with that culture dish you are carrying.”

“Do not worry, my brother, I am… Oh, sh…”

If, as in the 1970 Greenwich Townhouse explosion, in which three pals of Bill Ayers, (who has been a pal of the man who is now the President of the United States) blew themselves straight to hell, a bunch of latter-day incompetent terrorists managed to off themselves, it would be a tasty irony indeed.

– JP