Over 12,000 years of history only eight percent of that span have been “peaceful.”
The greatest loss of life occurred during the European colonization of the “New World” when:
I) 100 million died from the disease. There are no accurate numbers on those who died in the lucrative slave trading. 15 million is one estimate.
II) 65 million died in WWI.
III) 72 million perished in WWII. The war ended in August 1945 with the introduction of atomic weapons in Hiroshima and Nagasaki – August 6th & 9th. Radiation victims are surviving and dying 75 years later. Will Pope Francis be able to repeat the call for abolition when he visits Hiroshima if a global virus does not prevent travel? The call can be issued from Rome.
IV) Single Integrated Operational Plan (SIOP) is a Pentagon design for the first-strike attack on China, the former USSR and satellite nations. President John Kennedy asked Daniel Ellsberg to inquire how many lives would be lost if SIOP was carried out. Ellsberg received a classified folder from Pentagon chiefs with the line –“Roughly six hundred million dead.” (The Doomsday Machine by Daniel Ellsberg, p.3)
V) Ellsberg is devoting his life to prevent the deaths of 600 million from being carried out (p.3)
VI) Is it not counterintuitive to conclude human war virus could cause the deaths of 600 million?