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The Saker: “Looking at the Military Aspects of Biological Warfare”


The Saker: "Looking at the Military Aspects of Biological Warfare"


Written by The Saker; Originally appeared at The Unz Review

The 20th century has seen a seemingly countless number of military conflicts, ranging from small local clashes, to at least two world wars. The same 20th century saw a huge efforts by major powers to develop three types of so-called “weapons of mass destruction” (WMD): Atomic, Bacteriological and Chemical (ABC). All of these WMD were initially seen as very effective and very frightening, yet there were only used in a few, limited occasions.

Ask yourself, why is that?

The reason is simple: while the US could nuke Japanese cities with impunity in 1945, and while the Anglo powers developed at least THREE plans to wage a total war against the Soviet Union (details in this article), they never dared to implement them.

Again, ask yourself, why is that?

I am a total medical ignoramus, and I have nothing to say about the nature of SARS-CoV-2, I am a military analyst and one of my two areas of specialization (besides planning nuclear forces) was operational art, that is the level of military operations above tactical, but under strategic: you can think of it as what connects the tactical means to the strategic goals. You can also think of it as the level at which combined arms (above division level) formations are brought together in something similar to an army corps. This is exactly the level at which the used of WMD would be the most likely to happen. Yet, if you look at the typical Soviet/Russian or US manuals discussing operational art you will notice that it is always assumed that the other side will initiate the use of WMD (even in secret documents).

Again, ask yourself, why is that? Is it only a type of political correctness showing that “we are the good guys” and “they are truly evil”? To some degree, yes, but not only.

I submit that all three cases have the same explanation: WMD are very tricky to use, and when used, they can result in absolutely truly cataclysmic political consequences. Take for example the (completely fake) reports about the Syrian government using chemical weapons against the Takfiris: they made no sense to any military analyst simply because 1) they brought no advantage to Damascus and 2) everybody knew that as soon as this latest “new Hitler” would be accused of using chemical munitions, the Empire would seize this pretext to strike at Syria.

True, the Takfiris *DID* develop chemical weapons, apparently, they did try to use them here and there, with no special result to show for, and recently they seem to have poisoned themselves (according to Russian reports). Besides, the very real stocks of Takfiri bioweapons were used as proof of Syrian government attacks (how insanely stupid is that?). So for these Takfiri nutcases, there are no real political consequences. As for their public image, following many hours of video-taped atrocities, you can be sure that they don’t care one bit what the “kafirs” and other “crusaders” think…

Same deal for Saddam Hussein who, aided by the “international community” (mostly the Empire, the USSR and France), did use chemicals against his own population and against Iran, but since he was “our son of a bitch” he was under ZERO risk of retaliation. But when the Empire turned on him, he did not dare to use his WMD against anybody.


Because the US-led forces would not be stopped by a chemical attack. And because any such attack would give the US and the rest of the anti-Iraqi coalition a “license” to use whatever weapon or technology against Iraq they wanted, including tactical nukes.

The truth is that there are very few military scenarios in which the use of WMD makes sense, this is true for all three of them, but this is especially true for biowarfare which is the hardest of them to control.

Here I have to, again, remind everybody that war is never an end by itself, but only a means towards an end, and that end is always POLITICAL. Going in just to kill people and even bombing a country back to the stone age does NOT qualify as a political goal. If you prefer, the political goal is what ought to be defined as “victory”. So, again, “destroying all enemy ships” or “pulling off a decapitating anti-leadership strike” are NOT political goals.

There are several countries out there which are capable of developing bioweapons. In fact, most biolabs could manufacture a simple bioweapon using commonly found agents. But labs don’t get to decide to engage such weapons. That decision is clearly one which can only be taken at the national command center level and only following a compelling argument by military and scientific specialists. Finally, no responsible government would ever order the use of WMD if it felt that there is a risk of retaliation, both military or political.

Finally, in the case of SARS-CoV-2 and of all the other epidemics/pandemics we see situation where the infection is not confined to the original infection site but goes global.

As far as I know, and please correct me if I am wrong, but I know if no virus which has been successfully deployed against a specific target and then remained contained to that target. In other words, the risk of “collateral damage” from bioweapons is pretty close to infinite (at least potentially).

Yes, in theory, a country could develop a new virus, or weaponize an known one, and then develop a vaccine and then vaccinate its armed forces or even its entire population. But that would amount to placing a huge sign on the White House saying “Yes, we done it!”: political suicide.

Now, the VAST majority of comments here have focused on the possible medical aspects of this pandemic, which is fine and which I have nothing to contribute to. But I ask you now to look at the MILITARY and, therefore, POLITICAL, dimensions of this crisis and ask yourself cui bono?

Seems to me that China and Russia did very, very well. The crisis is pretty much under control in China, and in Russia it is both limited and confined. The fact that neither the Chinese nor the Russians have any delusions about the “private sector” and the fact that these societies perfectly understand that a powerful government is needed to respond to this type (and many other) types of crisis helped them. No such luck for the deluded United States which has less than 950’000 hospital beds in the entire country and whose president seems to believe that Walmart and Amazon can deliver respirators to those in need.

In fact, the USA is a country which can LEAST afford a real pandemic, so why would the US leaders decide to unleash a weapon against comparatively MUCH better prepared countries while itself is one of the most vulnerable on the planet?

How about the fact that the situation in Europe looks absolutely awful? Yes, I know, the Idiot-in-Chief did not even bother to consult with the USA’s so-called “allies” before declaring his (confused) 30 day ban on travel between the US and the EU. But it is one thing to have no manners and not understand diplomacy, it is quite another to be the party responsible for tens of thousands, possibly even millions, of dead amongst your so-called “allies”.

So it boils down to this: do we believe that the real leaders of the AngloZionist Empire (not the clowns in the White House, obviously) insane enough to still try to pull off such an operation?

Frankly, I will not say “no”. I will admit that this is possible.

But, as I like to remind everybody, possible is NOT the same as “likely” and it dramatically different from “established”.

In conclusion:

  1. So far, all we have are speculations and guesses.
  2. We also know that irrespective of how “good”/”bad”/effective the SARS-CoV-2 virus is, using ANY WMD is fantastically dangerous both politically and militarily.
  3. And we know of no modern cases of a successful and limited viral bioweapon attack (bacteria and spores are rather different from that point of view)

Now this is my request to all the commentators:

Since we have discussed the biomedical aspects of SARS-CoV-2 ad nauseam, let’s stop for a while and let’s now ONLY discuss the political and military implications of a deliberate use of SARS-CoV-2 against China (or any other country).

There are two more things I would like to share with you.

First, I looked at the tweet of the Chinese official who declared that the SARS-CoV-2 might have come from the USA. I believe it is this one:

First, I looked at the tweet of the Chinese official who declared that the SARS-CoV-2 might have come from the USA. I believe it is this one:

The Saker: "Looking at the Military Aspects of Biological Warfare"

It refers to this GlobalResearch article: https://www.globalresearch.ca/china-coronavirus-shocking-update/5705196 . In turn, the GlobalResarch article references a GlobalTimes article:https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1180429.shtml . This latest article refers to the website ChinaXiv http://chinaxiv.org/home.htm (I think!). So what we have is a Chinese official, referencing a Canadian outlet, which references a Chinese source which itself bases its reports from a website clearly close to the Chinese government.

Now, unlike most folks in the West, I trust the Chinese government infinitely more than ANY western regime, but even I can see that once the China-bashing campaign swung to a totally new level once the SARS-CoV-2 panic began, the Chinese had a major political interest to point a finger right back at the USA.

In fact, I would argue that NO government out there wants to be blamed for this latest disaster and that the finger pointing is not going to stop, especially if a US politician dies from respiratory complications.

The other thing which will inevitably grow is panic. So far, relatively few people in the West have died, but most specialists agree that this crisis is far from over, especially not in the EU and USA where the epidemic it is still on the ascent. Right now, the general public in the West reminds me of a guy falling from a skyscraper and who, passing the 10th floor, thinks “so far, so good”. Friends, it *WILL* get worse, even if only 1 or 2 percent of the infected people die. I loathe both Merkel and Jonhson, but compared to the flag-waving “best Idiot-in-Chief in the galaxy”, they come across as almost honest politicians (at least and only in this case).

Finally, I want to post an extremely interesting interview by the Russian version of RT of the Academician and Chief Senior Pulmonologist of Russia, Aleksandr Chuchalin. This interview is EXTREMELY interesting and contains a wealth of important statements which, considering who is making them, I would be willing to take to the bank. One problem, this interview is only in Russian:

And here is my special request to all Russian speakersif you can, could you please either 1) find the interview in English, maybe just a transcript or, if not, could you please translate as much of that interview as possible and post your translation in the comments section (or send it to me for posting)? If you cannot translate it all, at least post a summary of the most interesting points?

I wish I could do it myself, but I am really exhausted and, besides, there is a lot of medical terminology I don’t really understand. My wife does, but she is also exhausted. This is why I ask for your help (ребята – если честно, то просто сил нет, помогите если можете!).

That’s it for me for today.



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  • Codenamed ‘Gordon’

    Why did Italy ask for medical help to China, Venezuela, Cuba instead of his usual partners United Snakes and United Nazingdom?
    Why Lagarde was planning to sink the Italian economy last Wednesday?

    • Lone Ranger


    • Jimmy Jim


    • Superfly

      The racist Anglo nations have a history of using bio-warfare dating back to using smallpox as a weapon was not unprecedented for the British military; Native Americans were the targets of repeated attacks in North American colonies and Canada and since then Asians and African nations have repeatedly suffered US bio-warfare from Agent Orange to now Coronavirus deployed against China.

  • Lazy Gamer

    One scenario for the use of wmd is when the commander has decided to establish a wasteland(scorched earth offensive or defensive). This works better in islands or continents. Only exception would be atomic since there is no hiding from it.
    As for who benefits from bio weapons, a lot of motivations come into mind. Depopulation, labor force strike, pension/social services load decrease, social unrest/agitation, vaccine profit, raising the cost of doing business, driving away business, maintaining the economic world order, etc.
    Keep in mind that state actors are not the only ones interested in global affairs.

  • Lone Ranger

    U.S. bioweapon labs are all around the planet…Why?
    No other country does that only the U.S.
    Time to close them down as long as we have the option to do so.
    Terror state USA…

    • Lone Ranger
    • Jimmy Jim


    • Jake321

      But look right there in Wuhan. There it is! Right there is the main Chinese bio-weapons research lab. And if that’s not good enough for you, right there is the live animal food market featuring bats and snakes that eat bats which carry Coronaviruses. No need to claim the Martians did it. But you might note that the Russians had the top bio-weapons program which researched Coronaviruses and reportedly passed that research on to the Chinese. So your choice. Blame the Russians. Blame the Chinese. Blame the snakes and the bats. Or continue to be bats yourself and blame the US.

      • Lone Ranger

        I will blame the U.S.
        Was right every time sofar ;)

        • Jake321

          Yep, politically but not in terms of reality.

          • Lone Ranger

            In reality too.
            Past shows us the U.S. deep state is the most evil Organisation on the planet.

          • Ricky Miller

            Large majorities of people around planet Earth agree with that. It’s people inside North America who remain blind to it and that’s what gives the deep state the room to act out it’s evil plots.

          • Lone Ranger

            I agree.
            North Koreans could learn a thing or two from the U.S. govt on how to really brainwash people.

          • Jake321

            LOL…you saying it makes it so. WOW!

          • Lone Ranger

            Hard facts…

          • cechas vodobenikov

            ” the US is the most warlike nation in the history of mankind”. Jimmy Carter
            history shows the US loses all wars…”amerikans r ignorant and unteachable”. George Santayana

    • cechas vodobenikov

      both the Japanese and Chines media trace covid 19 to the pentagon

  • cechas vodobenikov

    contagious diseases often accompany war…the USA is especially vulnerable, afflicted w a broken medical industry. captivated hospital bed capacity in the US is slightly worse than Turkey….the nations w the most capacity: 1. Japan, 2 S Korea, 3 Russia, 4 Germany, 5 Austria
    indeed sociologists have long observed that amerikans r herd people, too insecure to tolerate privacy. this is obvious; if an amerikan is not in a herd she is fornicating w a mobile phone

    • Jimmy Jim


    • Jake321

      The proof that the Coronavirus Pandemic was started by the Russians is that it is not effecting them. They had the world’s top bio-weapons program which researched weaponizing Coronaviruses. They obviously passed it on to the Chinese bio-weapons lab in Wuhan where it got released to cause harm to some of Russia’s economic rivals, China, the US, the EU and Iran in terms of oil and gas. Thus is clearly the kind of thing an old Soviet KGB Agent like Putz Putin the Poisoner would do.

      • good american

        Yeah, ok. They’re going to dock your pay for that weak one.

      • Ricky Miller

        I only wish Russia was that ruthless. Truth is that they loathe large scale war and will do almost anything to avoid it, short of actually turning away from being attacked. They have a long habit of going so far as to make excuses for those plotting against them; Stalin, see those Nazi planes just got lost. They’re practicing navigation. Make sure the trains of raw materials keep flowing to Germany on schedule, comrades. Putin: Our partners this and that and even goes so far as hiding the fact that the U.S. played a GPS game on a Russian transport aircraft, killing two dozen Russian pilots in Syria in 2018. Russia’s bioweapons efforts are focused on defense, which goes a long way to explaining why they’ve handled this better, so far.

  • Zionism = EVIL

    The Chinese have confirmed it at the highest level that the Jew evil scum and dumbass Americunts created the coronavirus before it backfired on the morons.

    Israeli Shin Bet’s involvement in coronavirus crisis raises questions

    • Free man

      What a pathetic liar you are.
      But this is common with impotent elders. You talk a lot because you can’t do anything else.

      • Jimmy Jim


        • Habib

          LOL, I had to google the word kikes to see what it meant, I learn something new everyday

          • Superfly

            Jew rats mate.

        • javier


  • Dawn

    Im not Russian, but from what i understand (from video): Apart from usual prevention (limit chance of exposure) that Russian expert is recommending regular cleaning (bath) of upper breathing apparatus with sea (salty) water. That is because corona virus itself basically brake (destroy) this natural barriers of the body and let bacteria from those parts to flood lungs and grow there – which actually is the reason for pneumonia and most dangerous cases of corona virus related deaths..

    • Habib

      Gargle mouth with salt and warm water and wash nose and eyes with the same stuff😷

    • Ricky Miller

      That sounds terrible. I’d rather just get it and bank on my 95-98% chance of survival. Seawater up the nose? No thanks.

      • javier

        except if you have a parent or grand parent over 60 they don’t have that survival rate and you don’t want to give it to them

  • Ashok Varma

    The Chinese were victims of a rogue US bio-warfare project that went awry. China needs to be commended for its quick and effective response to US bio-warfare.

  • Jimmy Jim


  • Habib

    We all know trump doesnt run the USA and Coronavirus has infected politicians in every country. This bio weapon is an attack on the world to bring a new world order, no more cash, restrictions on food, medication. Mistrust in governments, we have a locust plauge the likes of never seen before, bird flu raging in China. Either this is God or a master mind of supernatural ability.

  • Habib

    Awesome article , good read thank you.

  • Assad must stay

    china is probably thinking about military retaliation for US giving them covid-19

    • Superfly

      It was developed in Zio-rat labs.

      • Assad must stay

        Hope China or someone blow them up

    • Ivan Freely

      The Chinese retaliation will most likely be asymmetric. I’m thinking economics.

      • Assad must stay

        Thats boring, a military option would be cooler and way more.impactful on american psyche I think

  • Dick Von Dast’Ard

    The AngloZionist Empire can’t afford the pensions for their military, intelligence and surveillance police states that they built up over 75 years.

  • Rhodium 10

    A Bio weapon vs China silk road…..Iran which link Caspian sea with Indian Ocean…and Italy which was to be an important China Hub to Europe and North Africa countries!…the main characteristic of the Covid-19 is compatible with a Bio weapon..it is rapid spread, survival in environment..and doesnt infect animals!

  • goingbrokes

    China outbreak was in Wuhan which has a brand new, high-level bio warfare lab (good cover).
    Iran outbreak was in Qom which has the operational uranium enrichment plant (main target).
    Italy has made many moves to connect and co-operate with China and Iran in the past few years (as we all should).
    The two are enemies of the Anglo-zionist dominance, and the third is far too friendly with them.
    All three are targets. Event 201 last October was gaming an outbreak of global pandemic of a SARS-enhanced coronavirus strain with higher infection rate and more virulent. Why so many improbable coincidences?

  • jm74

    Logical argument but unfortunately the US has shown to be totally illogical.

    • javier

      well part of the plan for a new world order requires the US to be destroyed before the reset so perhaps we are witnessing that

  • Raptar Driver

    Settle down now.
    Silver is proven to fill all single celled organiams.
    Don’t believe proven liars like the Center for dipshit control.

    • goingbrokes

      copper too!

  • S Melanson

    Watch part 1 ‘Plague’ of the miniseries based on S. King ‘The Stand’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX5k2hdPc10

    Whatever one thinks of this novel corona virus, morbidity and mortality characteristics seem to be evolving for the worse while transmissibility remains very very high.

  • chris chuba

    The spread of the virus despite two solid months of warning should have been an indictment of the U.S. healthcare system but instead the talking heads are praising Biden over Sanders, ‘it’s no time for a revolution, we need a steady hand (even if he can’t complete a sentence)’.

    Gag. Not only is that a misrepresentation of Sander’s proposals but how has our response been impressive? Pols are blaming our supply chain dependency on China, okay but have the Chinese imposed a trade embargo, no.

  • pk

    The following are facts so far:
    1) The corona virus had existed in the US prior to the Wuhan outbreak 2) Virologists in Japan, Taiwan and China discovered that US is the only country that has all the corona virus strain types.

    Based on these findings thus far, it is reasonable to draw the conclusion that the corona virus originated from the US. Then what?
    The question is how the corona virus got to Wuhan, China. Is it accidental or deliberate? Did some Americans infected with the corona virus travel to Wuhan and accidentally infected some Chinese there? Or did US send some bio warfare operatives to Wuhan and deliberately release the corona virus to infect some Chinese in Wuhan?

  • Cristian N. Antonescu

    There is a mistake. When on Eath, in the last 60 years, USSR helped Iraq?
    As I know, USSR helped Iran, not Iraq.
    This is a quote from your writting:
    “Same deal for Saddam Hussein who, aided by the “international community” (mostly the Empire, the USSR and France), did use chemicals against his own population and against Iran, but since he was “our son of a bitch” he was under ZERO risk of retaliation. But when the Empire turned on him, he did not dare to use his WMD against anybody.”

  • TTdr

    Saker is deluded that US will not use biochemical weapons because of high political price.

    Just look at US long history of using them in Vietnam war, tonnes of Agent Orange dumped. In Korea war, Chinese & Korean were attacked by US biowarfare air dropping plagued infested fleas, chemicals, etc….what was the consequence even complaints were lodged in UN?

    They are still spraying swine flu, bird flu, HIV, Ebola, MERS, SARS, …and now COVID19 is just another new toy out from Pentagon war funded 200 biowarfare labs located all over the world to test directly on indigenous.

    That’s reason Chinese took it very seriously after alerted on 27Dec, shut down seafood mkt by 31Dec, and shutdown 11M Wuhan mega city within 3wks of studying it. This was extended to 60M Hubei provibce,eventually 1400M nation wide isolation.

    Chinese knew its not an ordinary flu, but a low lethality bioweapon designed for maximum infection outbreak to overwhelm hospitals, a low death rate to spread longer thus deplete more resources with longer crisis.

    All these are to achieve maximum economic damage and social instability for color revolution incitement using media warfare. But not lethal enough to force an immediate WMD retaliation. SARS, bird flu, Africa swine flu, H1N1,..are also serving such purpose to certain extend.

    Russia and China have own offensive program for defense against such attack, esp USM war funded NGOs(Harvard) had bern caught extensively collected both Russian & Chinese DNA samples. So US will face a nasty response later.

  • cechas vodobenikov

    while the US is the only nation w an active bio-weapons program, (they recently advertised to obtain DNA from native ethnic Russians) it is doubtful that these insecure cowards will ever use such weapons—except against their own people—the US DOD employs more automaton amerikans than any organization on earth—-without imperialism and war the US economy, now collapsing , would dry up in 1 month

  • St. Augustine

    the finger pointing is not going to stop, especially if a US politician dies from respiratory complications.

    I was waiting for US intel to take out a prominent US politician, blame it on cov-2 and point the finger squarely at Xi. Probably too late now.