The use of bioterror weapons in waging war is not a new concept. In fact, there have been several incidents in the past that biological weapons have been used in waging war. Even up to this day, the threat of this severely damaging weapon remains a threat which, according to one study, is capable of erasing the world population.
Aside from the danger of nuclear weapons getting into the hands of terrorists, another nightmare for international peacekeepers is when biological weapons will find its way to these lawless elements. A recent report determined bioterror war as one possible apocalyptic event that could wipe out a portion of the human kind.
Based on the Global Catastrophic Risks 2016 report from the Global Challenges Foundation, the threats posed by catastrophes in a global scale, such as bioterror weapons, receive too little attention. According to the report, one possible explanation for this is the fact that the probability of these threats to happen today is much slimmer.
The report added that if the probability of catastrophes on a global scale is relatively low, this does not mean that there’s no way it’s going to happen. In fact, the threat posed by these major global catastrophes does not only endanger lives of people alive today but even the generations to come.
U.S. Naval War College professor Capt. Al Shimkus, Ret., told the Forbes that using Ebola as a biological weapon requires little sophistication as a human carrier infected with the deadly virus is needed to cause global chaos.
“The individual exposed to the Ebola Virus would be the carrier. In the context of terrorist activity, it doesn’t take much sophistication to go to that next step to use a human being as a carrier,” Shimkus was quoted as saying by the Forbes.