Yellow Rain: A Journey Through the Terror of Chemical Warfare

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Yellow Rain: A Journey Through the Terror of Chemical Warfare

By Sterling Seagrave
M. Evans, 1981
324 pp. $11.95
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Despite the restrictions imposed by the 1899 Hague Convention and the Geneva Protocol of 1925, chemical warfare is being undertaken. Strong evidence of the Soviet use of new "superpoisons" (on Afghani soldiers and villagers, for example), combined with a lack of a defense strategy against chemical attack in the majority of NATO countries, lead Seagrave to this conclusion: while past American policy on chemical warfare has been fool-hardy, involving dangerously excessive stockpiling, recent Soviet advances in the field unhappily necessitate the development of an improved though very limited American chemical capability.

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