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  •  ayayayai (0+ / 0-)

    What part of "toxic" do you not understand?  Go read the full page, because it makes it very very clear that the issue is that chemical weapons poison people, not burn them, etc.  Otherwise, every single armament is a chemical weapon if they use a chemical explosive, such as gunpowder.

    Clearly that's wrong

    •  Kinda hard to use gunpowder (0+ / 0-)

      as a weapon against populations.  

      So what I guess you're saying is that according to international law, forcing people to breathe chlorine bleach fumes as a result of its weaponized delivery is wrong, but soaking them in it is okay.  Well, if that's how you want to justify the next round of war criminality, I guess I can't stop you.

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      by corvo on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 09:21:32 AM PDT

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      •  Crickey (0+ / 0-)

        So now the global legal regime is the world according Corvo. I guess we don't need the UN or the international criminal court anymore.   Meanwhile back in the real world, incendiary devices aren't chemical weapons unless they poison people.  Yes, delivering chlorine has by weaponized delivery system is illegal, but soaking people in bleach(?) would not be a chemical weapon.

    •  couple of other questions: (0+ / 0-)

      What international agreement gives the United States the authority to punish a second state that employed a chemical weapon against a third state?

      What international agreement holds non-state actors -- say, Syrian rebels -- harmless from prosecution or reprisal when they employ chemical weapons? nerve gas in particular?

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 09:31:07 AM PDT

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      •  Now these (0+ / 0-)

        Are important questions, not all of which have been resolved.  For the first, unilateral action is probably illegal, but may be grounded in the Geneva conventions and various UN conventions

        As to non-state actors, this is the thicket that Bush made such a mess of.  Normally, it would actually be a criminal matter although an insurgent military force can also be subject to international norms, such as the Geneva conventions.   Of course, that's pretty hypothetical here, since it has pretty much been proved that the Assad regime was behind it.  

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