Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

U.S. Turns Blind Eye To Bioweapon Threat.(Editorial Page)


Pounding swords into plowshares takes on new meaning and new layers of frustrating complexity when the swords are biological weapons sheathed deep inside the former Soviet Union.

The Biological Weapons Convention of 1972 prohibited development and production of biological weapons. Anthrax is one such weapon, nasty bacteria that render useless the lungs of anybody, soldier or civilian, who comes into unprotected contact with it.

Despite the ban, the Soviet Union in 1982 began building a massive anthrax factory in Kazakhstan capable of producing two tons of the agent a day. Underground bunkers, hardened against nuclear strike, were designed to store 500 tons of anthrax, enough to make every city on earth a ghost town. …

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