Iraqi and Iranian news media are proving that silly season is a cross-cultural phenomenon by giving wind to conspiracy theories about the British military depositing metazoan "bioweapons," including badgers, snakes, and rabid dogs, in the country as a Parthian gift. The New York Times derides the naivete of these nervous villagers:
The Iranian news media have gotten in on the act too, claiming that foreign forces have been fitting squirrels with miniaturized surveillance devices and sending them scurrying across the border to spy. Iranian news reports, monitored by the BBC, recently referred to 14 spy squirrels being captured by alert Iranian intelligence officials before the animals could take action against the nation.
It's a fun story. Now, if only the NYT had shown a similar skepticism five years ago when reporting the over-the-top bioweapon conspiracy theories that got us into this mess in the first place.