“If you look at the history of chemical weapons dating back to World War I, it turns out they’re a lousy weapon to use against enemies. They have a disconcerting tendency to blow back on your own forces, they tend not to kill many of those targeted, and leave places contaminated.”
Syria has threatened to use chemical weapons against foreign militaries that invade the country. And the world is responding with fear. Or at least anxiety.
Which is why some of us call chemical weapons “weapons of mass disruption” rather than “weapons of mass destruction.”
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