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.
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.