Preposterous smallpox argument

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2004

Monday's letter to the editor correlating the use of smallpox-laden blankets in 1763 to modern weapons of mass destruction is absurd. Since 1763 we won our independence from the British, wrote our Constitution, abolished slavery, made women equal, defeated Nazis and Communists, and yes, deposed the Iraq dictator who will be proven guilty of using chemical weapons against the Kurds. While the act of distributing smallpox blankets is inexcusable, I don't see any connection between our nation's stance on WMD and an act committed by a British general 241 years ago.

Steve Robertson


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