TALES OF A DARK WINTER
A Play in Three Acts
THE FOLLOWING “PLAY” WAS PERFORMED IN THE SUMMER of 2001. It may seem somewhat dated from our perspective in 2008, especially with the departure from the world political scene of Saddam Hussein. But it had a major impact on the thinking— visceral as well as intellectual—of those charged with considering how America should respond to the possible threat of bioterrorism. It is worth watching this play once again. Admission is free.
Members of the National Security Council file into a brightly lit conference room for what promises to be a long and difficult meeting. It will certainly be that, but not for the reasons they think.
Most members attending this evening have spent the better part of the day organizing their thoughts about the items on this evening’s agenda, several of which are going to require a clear U.S. response in the days ahead. Tension has been rapidly escalating between China and Taiwan. China recently test-fired medium-range ballistic missiles by arching them over Taiwanese airspace. The Taiwanese are reacting furiously. But since then there has been another peculiar and potentially dangerous incident. A number of pig farms in Taiwan have experienced serious outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease. Rumors are circulating in