Some time ago, I began writing more and more about World War I, and now it's time to increase the frequency of articles and items about that subject, if only because we are merely a few years away from the centennial of the start of the war. Few bloggers have the intellectual heft to write about such a subject; I certainly do. Tell your friends about me. I'm tired of being left out of the major discussions.
There was the discovery of a weapons site not to long ago in suburban Washington D.C., and now you can add another site to the legacy of the war:
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has uncovered what could be a fourth major disposal area for World War I-era munitions and chemical weapons in the nation's capital.
Digging was suspended April 8 as a precaution at the site in the pricey Spring Valley neighborhood near American University after workers pulled smoking glassware from the pit, project manager Dan Noble said Thursday.
Preliminary tests show the glassware was contaminated with the toxic chemical arsenic trichloride. Officials will review safety procedures before digging continues.
Record keeping being what it was, you'd think someone would have had the common sense to write down where the dangerous chemical weapons were buried or tested. Sadly, no one did, or, if they did, the records were pitched a long time ago.
Given that we have the possibility that these weapons are still out there, and still pollute the environment and endanger people, don't you think there should be a little more attention paid to finding these weapons and removing them?