Living in the Era of Megaterror
The International Herald Tribune
September 7, 2012
Op-ed by: Graham Allison, Belfer Center director
Topic: A new era of megaterror
“Today, how many people can a small group of terrorists kill in a single blow? Had Bruce Ivins, the U.S. government microbiologist responsible for the 2001 anthrax attacks, distributed his deadly agent with sprayers he could have purchased off the shelf, tens of thousands of Americans would have died. Had the 2001 ‘Dragonfire’ report that Al Qaeda had a small nuclear weapon (from the former Soviet arsenal) in New York City proved correct, and not a false alarm, detonation of that bomb in Times Square could have incinerated a half million Americans.”
Allison also discussed the Cuban Missile Crisis on CNN’s “Amanpour” with Christiane Amanpour on September 6, 2012.