Environment: The Weapons Nobody Wants

GB and VX are colorless, odorless nerve gases that can kill or incapacitate humans within seconds. Last year President Nixon included such gases in his ban on the U.S.'s "first use" of chemical and biological weapons. But he is obviously determined to retain stockpiles big enough to counter the Russians, who are well armed with the weapons. In fact, thousands of tons of nerve gas, packed in bombs, rockets or artillery shells, are still secretly stockpiled at U.S. bases round the globe. And that fact alone is bound to cause an uproar whenever...

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