Read this book and think before you accuse pigeons or wild ducks with spreading illnesses. This book was written from declassified documents, and is scary. As of today, several countries still play with germ warfare experiments (what for?), although lately there is little talk about it in the media. I took history classes in college here and I know that 80-100 years ago there were cases of mass hysteria even in BC, always blaming the powerless for any real or imagined dangers. Chinese people were blamed (falsely) during the Great Depression for bringing in some plague, Chinese people were beaten to death in the streets of Vancouver, and Chinese people were put into detention camps outside the city to keep them away from the rest of the population. The people here are prone to be hysterical about imagined dangers; in Surrey some people had the hens or goats of their neighbors removed; an emu (Australian small ostrich) kept in a Vancouver backyard had been executed a few years ago for fears of neighbors of it spreading bird flu, and the authorities didn't even check if the bird carried viruses on it. This was in the local Media here. Imagine the hysteria when a plague hits. In Egypt thousands of pigs had been mass murdered and burned for fear of the swine flu. Mass hysteria, but I think people are looking in the wrong place when blaming animals. Just read this book "Deadly Allies" and think if it's the animals that create new illnesses. Or read the article on the I-net titled: "Kissinger, eugenics and depopulation."
I have read this book 10yrs ago. If you read it, it will make you ponder, when you read also some other books about bird flu or mad cattle. In this book Bryden tells facts taken from declassified documents, and it's scary. Why do everybody blame birds or pigs for all the trouble that maybe we cause ourselves with out tampering with nature? And what was done during WW2 here is so scary one shivers when reading about it. In this book it is told that not only bio but chemical warfare experiments were done even after the War and an island off the East Coast was so contaminated that it had to be closed off from any visitors for years. And even a few Canadians died of mishaps in playing with such weapons. And Lord Banting, who died of a plane crash, tried to tamper with very special and dangerous race-specific germs that would have attacked only Germans. The dumb public is scared of all birds, which, as they say, ignorant as they are, "carry bugs/germs." Just read this book here and ponder, who and what is dangerous.
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