National Geographic : 2003 Mar
www.energizer-e2.com FORUM "development may continue" in Russia but not in the U.S. TONY HARPER Chattanooga,Tennessee A list of known possessors of WMD that have voluntarily relinquished them would contain only one country-South Africa. The country's nuclear inventory was declared to the International Atomic Energy Agency in 1991 and subsequently dismantled when South Africa acceded to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. It also abandoned its chemical and biological warfare program, respecting the Chemical Weapons and the Biological and Toxin Weap ons Conventions. Only this strategy can ultimately make the world a better place. JEROME AMIR SINGH Toronto, Ontario I didn't see any reference to an early instance of biological warfare that took place at Fort Pitt, now Pittsburgh, under the command of British Gen. Jeffrey Amherst. In 1763 his troops distributed blankets infected with smallpox to Indian tribes around the fort in an attempt to end a rebellion against British rule. About 200 native people died, and many were disfigured and crippled. General Am herst is considered a hero; there are schools and towns named after him. It was a shameful period in our history. CONRAD REITZ Windsor,Ontario I was saddened to see the faces of the beau tiful, innocent Russian children intently listening to what to do in the event of a chemical leak at a weapons depot. What on God's Earth have we done? L. L. BURKEY Temecula, California Unmasking Skin Oh, the sweet irony of your November issue. First you provide us with the haunting details of weapons designed to destroy thousands of lives. Shortly thereafter you inform us of the same dangers we voluntarily subject our selves to all in the name of vanity. Why do we feel that radiation from a nuclear weapon is bad but bask in the deadly rays of the largest nuclear reactor in our solar system? Why do NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * MARCH 2003 02003 Energizer.