ON ANNIVERSARY OF WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMBING, ADL
CALLS FOR ACTION AGAINST CHEMICAL TERRORISM
New York, NY, February 27, 1997...On the anniversary of the World Trade
Center bombing, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on the U.S.
Senate to ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The League has
long advocated a tough United States response to the threat of terrorism,
as well as to the accumulation of weapons of mass destruction. The CWC
provides another mechanism to make it more difficult for terrorists to acquire
chemical weapons. It improves on existing U.S. law by expanding the ability
to investigate and prosecute chemical terrorists even before chemical weapons
The requisite 65 countries have already signed the treaty, which will
enter into force on April 29. The U.S. must ratify the treaty by that time
in order to be tied into the global verification mechanism and information-sharing
David H. Strassler, ADL National Chairman, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL
National Director, issued the following statement:
As we observe the anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Center,
we continue to witness attacks by disaffected cults, militias, and other
ideologically driven terrorist groups. The Oklahoma City bombing and the
nerve gas attack on a Japanese subway are only two reminders that this threat
is not hypothetical.
The United States must continue to assert its global leadership in the
fight against chemical and all forms of terrorism by ratifying this treaty.
We recognize that no treaty is foolproof. No one mechanism should lull
Americans into a false sense of security. At the same time, our government
must employ all available means to strengthen our ability to investigate
and prosecute terrorists and acquisitors of chemical weapons. We cannot
afford to miss a single opportunity to protect American civilians and troops
from chemical attacks by enemies or rogue terrorist groups.
Any additional step to isolate and pressure nonsignatories will improve
multinational cooperation, which is the lifeblood of a successful global
offensive against chemical weapons and terrorism.
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