Wars are terrible, and the contrived myth of manmade climate change disaster sounds bad, too. But in the period from 1918 to 1920 real terror and catastrophe struck with a worldwide pandemic of the H1N1 type flu that killed around 5 percent of humanity, or around 100 million of the 500 million that were infected, a 20 percent versus Ebola's 70 percent mortality.
Such pandemics have been repeated in human history, But as with much in Rudyard Kipling's poem of "The Gods of the Copybook Headings," we humans never seem to learn.
Few alive today, in this nation, have known a world like the a one hundred years ago, or the way half the human race still lives today. Vaccines and antibiotics have kept most of us disease free.
But abuse of these wonder drugs has allowed mutating organisms to begin to recover their deadly forms. Witness the shocking death of a beautiful, talented, caring young teacher at Manatee School for the Arts recently from a common staph infection gone wild.
The current small outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. will likely be contained and stopped. But many future outbreaks that could occur will overwhelm our ability to control them. Consider the huge cost of dealing with these few.
It is imperative that future multiple outbreaks be contained in Africa, controlled there, and kept out of the U.S. and the Americas.
Sadly our "President" has shown his now classic ineptitude in his most important responsibility, protecting us. Instead, he ignores this real threat, postponing the blocking of all travelers from infected areas.
He could still allow trained health care volunteers passage with quarantine. Obama instead continues to show contempt for his fellow countrymen.
It is Obama who is our single biggest threat.
David R. Kraner