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New Left Review I/179, January-February 1990


Jens Reich

Germany—a Binary Poison

A brilliant invention. Two containers holding two chemical substances. Each in itself almost harmless. Only when the shell strikes do they react with one another and together turn into a deadly chemical weapon.

Just nearly harmless. Disposal is difficult, as with most organic compounds. Incinerate the contents of a gallon drum and the whole citywill be wreathed in smoke. But discharge it into the sewage and iridescent greenish puddles will form, in the sludge the bacteria will suffocate again. . .

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