Significant And Particularly Terrifying

I’m reading this from The Guardian, “This war on terrorism is bogus” — written by a former British cabinet member, the Environment Minister from May 1997 to June 2003 — and came across this about the infamous PNAC document. (That’s the think tank report, adopted as policy by the Bush administration, from before 9/11 calling for the invasion of Iraq, etc.):

“The document also calls for the creation of ‘US space forces’ to dominate space, and the total control of cyberspace to prevent ‘enemies’ using the internet against the US. It also hints that the US may consider developing biological weapons ‘that can target specific genotypes [and] may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool’. “

I missed this back when I first read about the PNAC report.

Well, I looked this up (especially here), and it appears to be for real that it’s in the PNAC report. This is extremely significant and particularly terrifying, especially when you consider the extent of secret research in the military budget under Bush, and the Bush administration’s rejection (and here) of the biological weapons treaty.

In case it isn’t jumping out at you, here’s what this means. “Target specific genotypes” means viruses that kill only people of a certain race — or even narrower characteristics. And “politically useful tool” means the ability to threaten to kill everyone of a specific race unless they do what we want.