NEWS AND VIEWS
Summaries of and links to online news reports and commentaries.
Ratify the Chemical Weapons Treaty
By William S. Cohen; The Washington Post - page C07 Sunday, April 6, 1997
"A paradox of the new strategic environment is that American
military superiority actually increases the threat of chemical attacks
against us by creating incentives for adversaries to challenge us not
directly but asymmetrically through non-conventional means.
Dealing with this threat requires a coherent national response
involving: active and passive defenses; continued efforts to limit the
spread of chemical weapons technology; improved intelligence
collection and threat analysis; well-coordinated civil defense
capabilities and an international standard barring the production and
possession of chemical weapons. Central to this response is the
Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)."