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The Israeli Program :
Nothing is known. However, a few years back there was a rumor in the English
speaking world that the Israelis were developing a bioweapon that would
specifically affect only Arabs, thus creating a sort of "Ethnic Bomb".
This sort of thing is possible, and depends upon the same sort of principles as
the cancer vaccines (See the article on the TERT vaccine in the Archives section
of the site). That is, an antigen which is present only on the cells to
be targeted is present is chosen as the site of attachment of the virus. People
who do not possess this antigen on their cells will not be affected by the
Although theoretically possible, this approach would be horrendously complicated
to put into practice.
The Pakistani, Indian, Libyan, Syrian, Chinese and Iranian programs :
*Nothing* whatsoever is known about these programs. However, it is widely
believed by most authorities that the Indian program is mainly defensive in
nature while the Pakistani program does have offensive elements. ( And no, I am
not saying this just because I am an Indian myself :) )
The Defence Research and Development Establishment (DRDE) at Gwalior
is the primary establishment in India for research into biological warfare. The
research here is believed to be only defensive in nature. Reportedly, the
work in progress includes preparing responses to threats like Anthrax,
Brucellosis, cholera and plague, viral threats like smallpox and viral
haemorrhage fever and bio-toxic threats like botulism. Researchers have
developed chemical/biological protective gear, including masks, suits, detectors
and suitable drugs.
The person who is entrusted with protecting Indians from the bioterrorists :
Director of the DRDE since 1991, Dr. R. V. Swamy.
However, In the recent Kargil war, India was accused in some quarters of
having considered using bioweapons against the intruders. Most of these
accusations came from Pakistani sources. The veracity of these reports,
therefore, cannot be taken for granted. Not because the Pakistan press has a
propensity to lie, but because War is War, and there is only one situation other
than love in which all means are fair.
Image: Kargil: Was there
more to it then met the eye? Maybe...Probably not.
The following is an excerpt from an editorial in
"The Dawn", Pakistan's leading newspaper :
India has embarked upon a major nuclear and biological weapons development
programme. It is making concerted efforts to improve her nuclear capabilities
and arsenal to counter China and Pakistan. According to US Pacific Command (USPACOM),
India is capable of manufacturing complete sets of plutonium-based nuclear
weapons and can deploy a few weapons within a few days via fighter-bomber
aircraft. India has also ballistic missiles that are capable of delivering a
nuclear payload in the future.
According to the report of USPACOM, India also has a well-developed indigenous
chemical process industry that is capable of providing pre-cursors for a broad
range of chemical warfare. Some of India's biological and pharmaceutical
production facilities as well as bio-containment facilities for research on
dangerous pathogens are being used to conduct biological warfare defence
research. The presence, therefore, of chemical and biological weapons in the
Indian arsenal cannot be ruled out.