The Germs of War

Even if Saddam fails to produce a nuclear bomb, U.S. officials say he already has the means to wage an equally horrifying kind of war. Reports that Iraq is stockpiling biological weapons have intensified speculation among military experts about the threat of war by disease.

Biological weapons can employ a deadly array of organisms and naturally occurring toxins. Packaged inside small bombs and delivered by aircraft or artillery shells, the germs would be released in a mist of infectious droplets that victims would inhale. A tiny amount would go a long way. Less than 1 g (0.035 oz.) of a bacterium...

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