Anthrax has been a big nuisance in the Eastern States but not very successful as a terrorist weapon. Granted, 3 have died and several others are sick, but that's not much of a score for a terrorist attack and we don't really know if this is related to the Al Qaida network or not. Personally, I have my doubts about this because of the wording in the letters. It seems to me that someone is being a little too obvious about trying to make it look like this is connected to the events of September 11th and it wouldn't surprise me if it turned out to be a demented American citizen that is behind it.

On the other hand, the quality of the anthrax compound used in these letters is very rare and not something that can be easily produced without a highly professional and high tech lab. This high quality toxin only exists within the United States, Russia, and Iraq. Muhammad Atta, the leader of the Sept. 11th attacks, is known to have had meetings with Iraqi officials recently and is reported to have been seeking medical assistance for himself and his close associates for skin rashes on their hands shortly before they found their own cure for the condition. The first occurance of the anthrax letters turned up in Florida near where Atta was living. Could they have stuffed the envelopes themselves and had them mailed later by surviving associates? If so, then who wrote those stupid letters that were in the envelopes with the powder? "Alla is great"? What kind of crap is that? If you sent a hate mail to a Musslem, would you say "God is great"? Still sounds a little fony to me. I believe we will soon find the answers to this.

Although some traces of Anthrax spores are still occasionally being found, there have been no new letters containing the toxin received in the past couple of weeks. It would seem that they have all been mailed now and this particular threat is probably over. I think the news media blew this way out of proportion and made much too big a deal out of it, spending more airtime talking about it than it deserved. They played right into the terrorists hands and did a great job for them by scaring the hell out of the country, which is just what the terrorist wanted. I'm sure Osama got a big laugh out of this. Stop worrying. If you come in contact with anthrax, you will be given antibiotics and go on with your life. You don't have to run to your doctor for a prescription and stock up on CIpro. That will only exhaust the supply for those who might need it. If you need it, the government will give it to you free of charge. All you have to do is call 911. Save your worrying for the next attack which may be something far more serious.