Deliberate Smallpox Infection

I learned at an anthropology lecture that in the 1860s here in BC Canada, the British distributed blankets infected with slabs of skin stripped from natives who had just recently died of small pox to every native in the province. Men were assigned to make sure every single native touched what looked like a snakeskin. Within 10 days, 98% of the population were dead. The British who had used these primitive but effective biological weapons went to claim the lands of the people they had killed even before they were dead.

Many people dismiss as totally out of hand that anyone would deliberately spread HIV (Human Immuno-deficiency Virus) in Africa, as I accuse Ronald Reagan. They forget there is plenty of precedent.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)