Anyone who has studied the bubonic plague epidemic knows that the primary signs of spreading infection are — in this order — rats scurrying about the European countryside, sooty-faced peasants desperately clawing their way into dimly lit gothic cathedrals, and children creeping out their dying parents by singing Ring Around the Rosie super slowly.
Add to that list Algerian terrorists dropping dead by the dozen. At least according to the UK Daily Mail, which is at least as accurate as this Internet antenna I made out of a coat hanger and some aluminium foil:
The new plague epidemic is said to have begun in AQLIM’s cave hideouts of in Tizi Ouzou province, 90 miles east of the capital Algiers.
AQLIM is the largest and most powerful al Qaeda group outside the Middle East and trains Muslim fighters to kill British and American troops.
Its boss Abdelmalek Droudkal claims to command around 1,000 insurgents and masterminded the bombing the UN headquarters in Algiers in 2007, killing 41.
So far 40 terrorists have succumbed to the plague. This places it 51st on the list of “Deadliest Diseases You Can Catch In Rural Algeria,” just behind African sleeping sickness, African exploding balls, and several diseases that make your body turn inside out.