Okay I think I

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November 7, 2001 2:39 p.m.

Okay, I think I was right to be suspicious. It turns out that anthrax-laced letter to the US Consulate in Lahore, Pakistan did not contain anthrax. So says a follow-up and apparently definitive test.

Now it’s true that there have apparently been other cases of anthrax-tainted letters in Pakistan in recent days. But to be frank, this is the only instance of anthrax contamination from Pakistan in which a follow-up test has been done in the United States. And the initial tests were wrong. So for those other cases, I think we need more definitive evidence.

Again, I’m not doctrinaire on either question. Maybe there is anthrax in Pakistan. And maybe it all comes from Al Qaeda. But let’s keep our eyes on the data and take this one step at a time.

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