Following on from last week's post about 'predictions' in Alpha to Omega, I was interested to see this week scientists again raising the serious issue of antibiotics becoming useless - and the very real threat this poses to all of us.
Earlier this year, the World Health Organisation highlighted the same issue. In no uncertain terms, they talked about a developing global crisis because of antimicrobial resistance and the risk of every antibiotic ever developed becoming useless. As a result, both common and life-threatening infections have already or will soon become impossible to treat.
So if that's true of the known infections, where does that leave us with in respect of new ones? I'll leave you to supply your own answer! And there is a near inevitability that such will appear; either 'out of the blue' like HIV or as a result of a deliberate man-made action. Long before science can hope to have any answer to the problem, it will be too late and we will be back in a world of pandemics.
Sorry to be so blunt, but I think it puts into perspective the million and one 'complaints' about such things as whether we'll have to work a bit longer to get our pension or bemoaning the fact that we can't really afford an overseas holiday this year. And those who are currently attracted to dystopian literature will see their dreams (or nightmares) come true!
If I was a serious terrorist leader - which I assure you I am not - this is the area I would be looking at; not the occasional bomb on a bus or pair of exploding underpants. The material is out there and it only needs someone with money and serious intent to exploit it. The CIA, MI6, Mossad and the rest are fully aware of this. With a lucky break, they might stop it. Without one, there is absolutely nothing they could do, until it was too late.