Nerve gases are paradoxical weapons. They're so dangerous that their alleged presence in Iraq was said to be valid grounds for a war of aggression, and yet so safe that their storage, transport, and disposal on American soil couldn't possibly alarm anyone but hysterics and simpletons.
I've complained elsewhere about alkaline hydrolysis of VX nerve gas, which generates a huge volume of caustic liquid that may actually contain significant trace amounts of VX, as well as byproducts that are only a little less toxic. (The EPA notes that the detection levels for VX and its byproducts are based "solely on the protection of humans from a drinking water source and may not be protective of aquatic organisms through ingestion or dermal exposure.")
If some Iranian guy were arrested with so much as a test tube full of VX hydrolysate, it'd be considered an international incident. But our own agencies can spill gallons of it repeatedly, without exciting very much concern:
Army contractors halted operations Saturday at a Western Indiana complex built to destroy a deadly nerve agent after nearly 500 gallons of a caustic wastewater created by the chemical weapon's destruction spilled inside a contained area.This wasn't the first hydrolysate spill at this facility; it probably won't be the last. And for the grand finale, roughly 4 million gallons of hydrolysate will be shipped to New Jersey and dumped in the Delaware River.
Who but a Chicken Little would object? And who but a Communist would've complained back when we were squandering taxpayer dollars to manufacture this useless weapon by the ton? After all, we have a sacred duty to this country that God has so abundantly blessed: we must ensure that no one poisons its soil and water and air but us.
And maybe Canada.