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  •  Sarin degrades easily (1+ / 0-)
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    The most important chemical reactions of phosphoryl halides is the hydrolysis of the bond between phosphorus and the fluoride. This P-F bond is easily broken by nucleophilic agents, such as water and hydroxide. At high pH, sarin decomposes rapidly to nontoxic phosphonic acid derivatives.
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    If we knew where it was stored and where it was being made, would a special forces raid be out of the question?  Would it be possible to start all the stores degrading putting all the containers in a pond of alkalized water and punching small holes in the containers?  The area nearby might need to be evacuated for a few weeks, but with luck casualties might be minimal.  
    And the special forces guys would deservedly be considered heroes by most of the world.

    We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

    by david78209 on Thu Aug 29, 2013 at 10:15:59 PM PDT

    •  Or maybe just (1+ / 0-)
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      Firebomb it with vinegar.

      Acidic, nontoxic, should render any sarin unusable.

      Of course, it won't be just sitting out, and that's the problem. It would be in some kind of shell that can be fired, I'm assuming similar to a tear gas canister.

      I can't imagine that we'd just bomb it, wouldn't that just release the gas and kill everybody in the area? Or even disperse it across a wider area?

      I have no clue what's planned, if anything, but its not going to work out well for anybody.

      •  I read somewhere that just bombing (0+ / 0-)

        the place it's stored would indeed be likely to kill a lot of people whose only 'offense' was being in the wrong place at the wrong time.  That's our own military's assessment.  And cleanup would be messy, though not nearly as bad as a nuclear accident, I suspect, because the stuff is pretty unstable and degrades when water is around.

        We're all pretty strange one way or another; some of us just hide it better. "Normal" is a dryer setting.

        by david78209 on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 08:39:25 AM PDT

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