January 19, 2009

God sure has a funny sense of humor...

And I guess He's had enough of islamofascist terrorists killing in His name.  Or at least in one of his names....

So He sent them a plague.  The Black Plague.

ANTI-TERROR bosses last night hailed their latest ally in the war on terror... the BLACK DEATH.

At least 40 al-Qaeda fanatics died horribly after being struck down with the disease that devastated Europe in the Middle Ages...

...The killer bug, also known as the plague, swept through insurgents training at a forest camp in Algeria, North Africa. It came to light when security forces found a body by a roadside.

The victim was a terrorist in AQLIM (al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb), the largest and most powerful al-Qaeda group outside the Middle East.

It trains Muslim fighters to kill British and US troops.

Now al-Qaeda chiefs fear the plague has been passed to other terror cells, or Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

One security source said: "This is the deadliest weapon yet in the war against terror. Most of the terrorists do not have the basic medical supplies needed to treat the disease."

Bubonic Plague, also known as Black Plague, is spread by infected fleas.  The plague is really a little rod-shaped bacteria (bacillus) known as yersinia pestis.  The fleas live on rats and other small animals (such as squirrels) and are happy to feast on human blood, passing on the plague at the same time.

The disease is rapidly fatal if untreated, causing the patients lymph nodes to swell into painful boils, known as "buboes", hence the name "bubonic plague".  In modern times, exposure often occurs from animal control personnel handling dead rodents or accidental exposure on a camping or wilderness trip, and is usually treated successfully.  Clearly this is not the case in the remote mountains of Algeria.

Too bad germ warfare is illegal. Sprinkle a few microbes in a few caves, and we wouldn't have to worry about these asshats anymore, dammit.

h/t George Moneo at Babalu

And for some real (gallows) humor check out the comment thread for this topic at Ace of Spades...

Posted by caltechgirl at January 19, 2009 01:13 AM | TrackBack

As I understand it (from the discussion of this over at Ace's place), there are plenty of infested vermin this side of the Rockies in this country, but the disease is very easy to nip in the bud with antibiotics.

It is impossible not to have a moment of thinking, "well, you DID want to go back to the Middle Ages" in one's reaction to that story.

And we don't know how many AQ groups or Taliban cells they passed it along to before they bought the farm.

This might just be the beginning . . .

Posted by: Little Miss Attila at January 19, 2009 01:29 AM

exactly. Here in the States it's extremely treatable, despite being endemic.

Posted by: caltechgirl at January 19, 2009 01:31 AM

I suppose it's just possible they might have been playing around with bacteria...although bioterror is illegal, I don' think that would stop Al-Qaeda.

If that were the case, they got what they deserved. I hate to think of someone dying of plague, but if it's a "they died before they had a chance to kill innocents," then I don't feel so bad.

Posted by: ricki at January 19, 2009 05:53 AM

Yes, lots of flea-and-plague infested rodents Rock of the Westies, which is why I've never tried to cook squirrels here. Blasted a few but never tried to process them.

I love that thread at Ace's but for the moment I'll come down on the side of the skeptics until I see some other confirmation. That kind of spread that quickly? I think it would have had to hit the pneumonic stage.

Still, hope springs eternal for a painful death for these pukes.

Posted by: Ken S, Fifth String on the Banjo of Life at January 19, 2009 09:39 PM

I haven't an ounce of sympathy for those animals. Looks like God finally threw in his two cents on the matter. May they all die like the vermin they are.

Posted by: diamond dave at January 20, 2009 01:23 PM