Disclaimer: I am not, repeat not, stating that the swine flu epidemic is terrorism. When I see stuff like that on a site named Conspiracy Planet, I know it’s time to take a deep breath.
But if – hypothetically speaking – swine flu was a bioterror attack, it would be an interesting one. For starters, it broke out in Mexico. Why try to use biological weapons in a security state like the U.S., when you can plant them in Mexico, an almost-failed nation too enmeshed in a bloody drug war to worry about public health? Terrorists could be certain that a Mexican epidemic would cross the border into the U.S., while the global Mexican diaspora would ensure that contagion speads to Canada and Europe, and on to the rest of the world.
Then there’s the economic hit. Stocks fell on news of a swine flu epidemic, as investors recoiled at the thought of what quarantines might do to global trade. With the world economy shaky and governments just looking for an excuse to impose protectionism, even a rumor of a pandemic is devastating.
Swine flu will be meat for conspiracy theorists for years to come. Count on this being a new issue for the anti-immigration lobby. But you don’t have to be paranoid to suspect that a jihadi in Pakistan or a white supremacist in Idaho is watching and learning.