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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Matthew Meselson pdf (66,911 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Matthew Meselson
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (66,911 Bytes)
Date:
1982-04-06 (April 6, 1982)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Meselson, Matthew
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: No Epoch
Box Number: 121
Folder Number: 54
Unique Identifier:
BBGMFG
Accession Number:
122
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Public Service
SubSeries: Biological & Chemical Warfare Prevention
SubSubSeries: Lederberg Subject Files
SubSubSubSeries: Yellow Rain
Folder: 1980-1982
Transcript:
Matt Meselson
4/6/82
Your March 22 testimony was very well stated. Thank you for sending it.
I think there is much to be said on behalf of bombs in preference to shells in view of the deployment/release procedures of CW.
My reflexes are for very great restraint; I have to stack this up against the possibility that we will be caught pants-down against an adversary who is tempted to show no restraint whatsoever. How "idealistic" will our "restraint" appear from that retrospective?
However I certainly will be armed with your critical questions in my own further queries.
What analysis do you have of collateral damage beyond your Sei Hun paper?
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[BEGIN PAGE TWO]
More urgently than ever, I feel the need is to find some way to reestablish mutual trust with the USSR on A/C verification issues. The charade of the "UN investigation" of 'yellow rain' was a serious step backward.
Can you suggest any positive steps? (I don't believe giving them the benefit of every conceivable doubt is in that category. It just reinforces their stonewalling paradigm. -- Our own Secy. isn't always that helpful either!)
Is it really to the USSR's advantage to see us escalate CW? (Or do they believe that they will always have the freedom of initiative for just use in a direct confrontation?)
No part of what's happening is giving joy to either of us!
Yours,
Joshua.
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