The History of Bioterrorism Essay

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Throughout the progression of mankind, there has always been a need to become superior in tactics and technology over an opponent. It did not take long for man to discover the effective and deadly tactic of Bioterrorism, which is the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria or other germs used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. As time passes, everything about bioterrorism becomes more and more sophisticated, making it very difficult to combat with. By examining the history of bioterrorism, one can learn how military forces utilize this deadly weapon. First we will discuss the first known utilization of bioterrorism, in the 6th Century BCE. The Assyrians used Rye Ergot to poison the Israelite’s water supply.…show more content…
Something that Bioterrorists don’t always take into consideration is that often their plans for death and destruction go far beyond the realms that they had planned. Sometimes their chosen weapon of mass destruction travels past the area that they wanted and into the rest of the continent. This case is represented in the Siege of Caffa. In 1346 a Mongolian group called the Tartars attempted to seize the Christian city of Caffa, only to be immensely struck down with an outbreak of Plague (bioterrorism.com 3). The outbreak became so detrimental, that bodies literally began to pile up. As a last resort, the Tartars used their catapults to hurl disease-ridden corpses over the city walls into Caffa, hoping to infect and kill the citizens. Unfortunately, their plan was very successful, and a deadly outbreak of plague struck the people of Caffa. However what the Tartars didn’t realize was that while the majority of the population of Caffa died, some escaped on boats and fled to cities all over Europe, taking the deadly disease with them. It wasn’t long after that before the entire European continent was overwhelmed by Plague. Through this event, it is easy to see how quickly and simply an incident of bioterrorism can turn into a worldwide catastrophe. During the French and Indian war (1754-1763), the British were at war with the French over land disputes. The French made

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