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Thursday, March 20, 1997 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | PREVIOUS: Crisis in Zaire
1997-03-20

Chemical Weapons: U.S. Isn’t Party to Convention

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Paul Hawken, Environmentalist, entrepreneur and author. His new book is “Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming.”

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Today marks the second anniversary of the Sarin gas attack in the Tokyo
subway system that left 12 people dead and 5,500 injured. Today also marks the 40-day countdown to April 29, when the Chemical Weapons Convention becomes activated. Unlike other countries worldwide, the United States is not a party to the Convention, which aims to rid the world of these weapons.

The US Senate has not yet scheduled a vote to ratify the Convention and critics say that a failure to do so will increase the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the likelihood of more Tokyo-type tragedies.

GUEST:

DR. LEONARD COLE, a professor at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, and the author of The Eleventh Plague: The Politics of Biological and Chemical Warfare.


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