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Forum i November 2002 Some readers were shocked by the photos in the weapons of mass de structionstory-the article thatgen eratedthe most letters-andwished they'd been spared images of victims. But Miriam Lerner of Geneseo, New York, wrote: "Aftergazing in horrorupon these innocent souls, I can only hope that no one will ever dispassionatelyspeak of con tinuing the production or deployment of these weapons." Weapons of Mass Destruction My son, who had been in Pres cott, Arizona, at the time of nuclear testing in Nevada, died in July of breast cancer. He was 44 with a wife and three chil dren. The U.S. government paid him $50,000. What a joke. That sum was supposed to cover all the medical bills, loss of income, and the loss of a family member. Yes, I am bitter. RONALD W. WEDDLE Phoenix, Arizona I was incensed that the article would speak in the same breath of the Japanese torture of pris oners in China and the Allied bombing of Hiroshima and then editorialize that "there are no good guys." To draw no distinc tion between these two tragedies is morally irresponsible. The irony, however, was that by put ting these stories together the author answered Hiroto Kubou ra's question about why he had MEMBERSHIP Please call 1-800-NGS-LINE (1-800-647-5463). Special device for the hearing-impaired (TDD) 1-800-548-9797. Online: nationalgeographic.com/ngm AOL Keyword: NatGeoMag to suffer the loss of an eye in the atomic blast. The blame lies squarely with the cruel regime under which he lived. A govern ment that dissects live people after subjecting them to biologi cal and chemical experimenta tion must be stopped, especially when that nation is engaged in conquest. Unfortunately the cit izens of such a government often pay dearly for the evil choices of their leaders. THOMAS J. LOYOLA Holly, Michigan I read the first 31 pages spell bound. I wanted to put the mag azine down, but I couldn't. Then I read about Yoshiyuki Kouno and his wife, Sumiko, who was paralyzed by a sarin gas attack. The pictures on the two-page spread clawed at me. I choked as I read the last sentence, closed the magazine, and wrote this letter immediately. Mr. Kouno is an inspiration. His love, compas sion, determination, and sense of duty and his lack of hatred for the terrorists set an example for the rest of us. RYAN BROWN Riverview, New Brunswick The suggestion that the risks associated with the anthrax NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * MARCH 2003 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "For the increaseand diffusion of geographicknowledge." The National Geographic Society ischartered in Washington, D.C ., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. 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