ISIS in Possession of Fighter Jets, Plotting to Sink Cruise Ship

ISIS propaganda video
Just today, the Islamic State, the terrorist army currently wreaking havoc across the Middle East, shocked the world by revealing that it is in possession of at least three operational Soviet-era MIG-21 and/or MIG-23 fighter jets. Though many people have been led to believe by the Western media that these jets do not represent a major risk to the safety of Americans because their age makes them obsolete, we forget that many American jets are just as old if not older, and that the Soviets gave the world the ubiquitous AK-47, a weapon which is on the flag of some nations.

It would indeed be relatively easy for an F-35 to shoot down any Syrian MIG, but this may not be feasible in today's political climate, lest it lead to a major increase in hostilities. Though the Turks and the Israelis have in the past couple of years shot down Syrian jets, the American-led Coalition against ISIS may not be as willing to shoot down one, two, or three Syrian jets, as no one knows at which point the Syrian regime would retaliate and escalate. If one jet is shot down, Assad is likely to play it cool, but if three jets were shot down at the same time, it could be seen as the start of an outright war.

During the Libyan uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, some members of his air force defected and took their jets to Malta. At the time, it was reported: "Two Libyan fighter jet pilots landed in Malta yesterday claiming to have escaped the country after being asked to bomb protester civilians in Benghazi." The pilots arrived on Mirage F-1 planes and requested asylum.

If ISIS manages to somehow transport its jets into a place that allows easy access to the sea [MIG-23 has a range of up to 2,800km,] and to launch them under false Syrian flags into open waters, it may be very difficult for foreign forces to shoot down what is apparently one of Assad's planes. Though most experts believe that ISIS could fly its MIGs at low altitude in order to avoid radar detection, the fear is that these jets get into the Mediterranean.

We are not sure what kind of transponders ISIS has in its possession, nor is it clear to what extent they have infiltrated the Iraqi and Syrian air forces, but if foreign forces cannot distinguish between ISIS jets and Syrian jets, we may find ourselves in a situation where Syrian pilots cannot easily or successfully defect from Assad's claws. 

Worse, we may create a situation where trigger-happy pilots may shoot down any MIG that fails to identify itself in time, leading to a full-blown war between Syria and the West. If ISIS is lucky enough to carry out an operation not just above one of its cities, but also in open waters, then there is a very real probability that a lucky shot could lead to a ship being sunk, potentially plunging the region into a deeper war by inviting a bigger international response.

Viral Recombination on the Verge of Rupturing Gates of Hell

In 2009, a pig handler in the Philippines was discovered to be afflicted with a mysterious virus, and testing would eventually conclude that he was infected with Ebola Reston virus -- the airborne strain of the Ebola family. The NY Times reported: "The development is worrying, because pigs are mixing vessels for other human and animal viruses, like flu, and because it shows that pigs may also be able to transmit the lethal strains of Ebola."

At the time, we were reassured that pigs transmitting Ebola Reston wasn't a serious concern because: "Humans do not carry other members of the filovirus family that could mix with it, the way that influenza strains from birds, pigs and humans can swap parts of genes." Dr. Thomas G. Ksiazek, a pathogens specialist at the University of Texas Medical School in Galveston, reassured the NY Times that: "It’s probably a rare event that pigs get infected. It hasn’t led to a past catastrophe. We’d know about a catastrophe."
 
This year, however, has been the year of the filovirus catastrophe. While the world's attention is currently focused on the outbreak of Zaire Ebola in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone -- and with the national security implications that it poses for developed countries -- little attention has been paid to outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Uganda.

The current outbreak in the DRC is a different strain than the one ravaging West Africa. The outbreak in Uganda is of the Marburg virus, in what is perhaps the most troubling development. One month before the outbreak of Marburg was confirmed in Uganda, Abreu Report highlighted the danger that Marburg virus represents: "Some scientists fear that many cases of Marburg are currently being misdiagnosed as Ebola, leading some to fear that arthropods may be partly responsible for the current filovirus outbreak. One single mutation in the filoviruses -- that would make arthropods natural reservoirs for filoviruses -- would lead to the decimation of the global human population; as many as 400 million people could die in the first year alone."

While one can only hope that some extreme mutation doesn't allow arthropods to become natural reservoirs for one of the current filoviruses ravaging Africa, it is already pretty apparent that some domesticated animals are transmitting to humans. Just yesterday, the Spanish government caused outrage when it "obtained a court order to euthanize the dog belonging to a nurse who contracted the Ebola virus in Madrid, saying that available scientific knowledge suggests dogs can transmit the virus to humans."

One can only be content with the knowledge that the nurse in Spain did not
come into contact with pigs and other livestock, because it would have led to mass euthanasia of those animals, something which the West African governments afflicted by this current pandemic cannot do, less they exacerbate a famine in their countries. It is already apparent that Ebola is to become endemic in West Africa, and that many animals are carrying the virus.

It is only a question of time until Marburg, Ebola Reston, Zaire Ebola, and one of the other three strains of Ebola come together in one single animal. Though the NY Times reassured us in 2009 that a catastrophe could be averted because humans are not harbors of many different filoviruses, this could quickly change. With each new farmer that becomes infected with Ebola or Marburg, do we come closer to opening the doors to the viral stable of hell. At this point, nature is playing genetic Russian roulette, with each spin of the cylinder potentially firing a bullet with enough power to cause a mass-extinction level event that could end life as we know it.

Ebola Survivors to Stage Military Coup, Wage Biological Warfare

At this point in time, no government in the world would be willing to send armed units to confront an armed insurgency in either Sierra Leone, Liberia, or Guinea. Though the United States has volunteered a few thousand soldiers to help the people of Liberia combat Ebola, the very mission is already controversial, and the Obama administration has promised that troops will not come into contact with Ebola patients, but rather train and build. 

While the Centers for Disease Control has predicted that over a million could be infected by January, the prospect of a massive international mission being able to bring this outbreak under control grows daily more elusive. There is a very real possibility that by this time next year, the virus would have burned itself out in some or all of the currently afflicted countries, infecting nearly everyone and culling the population of the West African nations. 

Many months before the virus burns out, the police and military will be essentially non-existent. Currently, many members of the already-sparse Liberian armed forces are infected, and this has "created panic among them, to the extent that some of them have begun to desert the various barracks across the country."

While the armed forces begin deserting, the police are unwilling to respond to any potential incident involving a mass of Ebola patients, and the health care system has already completely collapsed. Though the international media is concentrating on the number of dead by Ebola, there's collateral damage... people unable to go to the hospital for Malaria, Lassa fever, childbirth, and other once-treatable conditions, resulting in countless thousands dying.

It may be only a matter of weeks until the Liberian government exist in name only. The security vacuum will make it relatively easy for a group of rebels who have survived Ebola to stage a coup and declare a state of perpetual emergency. 

These survivors will be able to wage biological warfare, with little risk to
themselves, ensuring that any remnants of the old regime would be too terrified of Ebola and instead flee. Unlike other African rebel groups which have from time-to-time invaded the capital of unstable, war-torn countries, this new group will be born with access to a weapon of mass destruction. 

Many Liberians believe that Ebola is part of a Western plot to depopulate the country and take over its resources. This conspiracy has been reinforced in the minds of many by an article in the main newspaper of Liberia, The Daily Observer, in which a Delaware-based Liberian professor accused the US Department of Defense of culling the African population in order to criminally steal the continent's resources. In essence, there presently exist an underlying ideology which will unite a potential rebel group seeking to destabilize the government.

Recently, security experts have called for Ebola to be treated "the same way" as the threat posed by nuclear weapons. A rebel group that can declare itself a state and have nuclear weapons at birth is essentially a military powerhouse. If this upcoming Liberian or Sierra Leonean Ebola Liberation Army does indeed carve a state for itself that allows it to build a substantial arsenal, then it could pillage and plunder in nearby West African countries almost at-will. 

If a platoon of Ebola Liberation Army were to invade a border town in Nigeria, the residents would all immediately flee, leaving the group to enrich itself and grow in power the same way that ISIS was able to grow in the Syria and Iraq theaters. Unlike ISIS, however, this upcoming group(s) will kill millions with impunity in a methodical and exponential manner the likes of which the world has not witnessed since Hitler and Pol Pot.