Reading Tom Clancy Novels

You know, it might be that someone has been doing that again.

Hundreds of endangered monkeys are being taken from the African bush and sent to a “secretive” laboratory in Iran for scientific experiments.

Manji said scientists at the Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute in Iran had bought 215 vervet monkeys from him this year but he had become suspicious about their true motive, although he was still trading with them. They had “spent a lot of money” on getting the monkeys, even sending over scientists to check on each consignment.

“Iran is very secretive,” said Manji, who has been exporting monkeys for 22 years. “They said it [the monkeys] was for ‘our country’, for vaccine. [They said] ‘We don’t buy vaccine from anywhere; we prepare our own vaccine’.

“But I think they use it for something else. You know why? Because they don’t go on kilos. Iran wants [monkeys weighing] 1.5kg to 2.5kg, [but] 1.5kg for vaccine is not possible.”

Rubibira indicated that finding out what the Iranians wanted the monkeys for would be difficult. “They cannot say, you know. They are secretive. They wouldn’t tell the truth.”

The revelation will fuel speculation that the monkeys may be used for research involving biological weapons. Primates are typically used by scientists wishing to test both the effectiveness of germ warfare agents and defences against them.

The Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute, which has its headquarters in Karaj, near Tehran, has been accused in the past by an Iranian opposition group of conducting biological weapons testing.

That is indeed one of the basic plots that winds through a Tom Clancy novel: that the Iranians are using monkeys from East Africa to test and manufacture the Ebola virus to use in a biological warfare attack against the US.

Now I suppose the interesting question is who has been reading the novel? The Iranians or the reporters?

6 thoughts on “Reading Tom Clancy Novels”

  1. ““But I think they use it for something else. You know why? Because they don’t go on kilos. Iran wants [monkeys weighing] 1.5kg to 2.5kg, [but] 1.5kg for vaccine is not possible.””

    Weight’s the key to the mystery..? Hmmm…

    *snaps fingers* I’ve got it! Tiny monkey pilots in mini remote controlled aircraft trained to drop bombs!!

    They haven’t been reading Tom Clancy. They’ve been watching Saturday morning cartoons

  2. I’m afraid the first para rather defines the veracity of this tale:

    Hundreds of endangered monkeys are being taken from the African bush and sent to a “secretive” laboratory in Iran for scientific experiments.

    Vervet monkeys (sometimes called capuchins) aren’t endangered at all. Indeed in some areas they are so numerous as to constitute a pest.

    The individual monkeys being written about may be in danger (or not; maybe the Iranian RSPCA is quite powerful) but I don’t think that was the meaning the writers intended to convey.

  3. Remittance guy:

    I’ve never heard vervets called capuchins. The vervet is short-tailed (as are all Old World monkeys) and found in Africa; a capuchin is a long-tailed species from South America.

  4. The poor little buggers do bear a striking resemblance to the Iranian Head of Government though. And he is just a tiny wee bloke. So 1.5Kg is probably about right.

    As an animal lover, I can’t countenance the targeting of these poor little primates with military hardware.

    But if we ever get hold of the little Iranian shite (thats a kind of muslim by the way), we could pretend we mistook him for a monkey, and hanged him in Hartlepool .

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