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    And I get where you are coming from.   But stopping a war that uses chemical and/or biological weaponry is as much a matter of our own personal self preservation as stopping a disaster.

    In the late 1990s, when there was an attempt to aerosolize Ebola, we made no mistake that if it ever came to light we'd firebomb it immediately.   That wasn't a matter of us preventing an attrocity in another country.. though that would also be true, it was a matter of us seeking self preservation by not letting that drift to where it could be plague-like (same with notes about releasing smallpox, etc.)

    In the case of Chemical warfare, we know for a fact that if anyone starts extensively using some of the chemical weapons that are possible, the amount of environmental and water damage could make a major oilspill look like nothing; the level of death of sea animals and wildlife could be devestating to the point where global damage would be insanely significant.

    There are reasons far beyond "it's humanitarian" to prevent those technologies from real use, the same would go with the potential use of nuclear weapons; the global impact is significant enough that it's not just a matter of worrying about the locals facing attrocity.. it becomes a matter of self preservation.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 06:10:43 AM PDT

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