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  •  Note the multiple use of the word 'deterrent' (1+ / 0-)
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    highacidity

    By definition, NOT using them is what deterrent is about.

    •  a lot of things that do not cause (0+ / 0-)

      mass physical destruction can be deterrents.  but that actually proves my point -- if Qadaffi had weapons but not a delivery system, or had weapons that could only be deployed by conventional ground forces, they're not deterring anything to a special degree.

      "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

      by Loge on Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 02:23:40 PM PST

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      •  OK, half the issue is switching topic countries (2+ / 0-)
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        In the instance of Syria, of course they aren't going to use them - the moment they do they die as a nation-state and perhaps as a society.

        As for Libya.. heh. Stipulated. He had a stockpile, at best, perhaps artillery shells - useful for one purpose - obliterating home-grown insurgents, same as the aforementioned Syria did some time back (nod, without recourse to WNDs, through cyanogen gas use has been alleged) at Hama.

        •  i think at other times, (0+ / 0-)

          the Assads might have dropped some chemicals to their southwest.  

          "This world demands the qualities of youth: not a time of life but a state of mind[.]" -- Robert F. Kennedy

          by Loge on Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 02:36:49 PM PST

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