Five years ago today the Anthrax Attacks via post mark mail began where humans received letters with Anthrax that eventually killed them. To date, no arrests have been made and two specific suspects were identified mostly because the strain of Anthrax that was used in the Attacks was used in Government labs. The question here is what was the reason behind it? Was it really an Islamist terrorist attack or just another human playing a sick joke?
I am not one to judge...intentionally, so I have no right to make that call. If it was an Islamic terrorist attack, then we are in deep trouble. If indeed it was someone playing a dirty joke on us, then we must learn to pay better attention to what we allow around us and in us.
Personally, I think it was just another one of those psychotic types- like the unibomber. Except, this depraved mind was intelligent enough to get away with it and most likely will never get caught.
Edited: SivanIlius on 19th Sep, 2006 - 6:50pm
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