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View Diary: Do You Know Who ELSE Used Chemical Weapons, John Kerry? (62 comments)

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  •  Kerry said "used ...in time of war" (2+ / 0-)
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    Lawrence, mimi

    chemical weapons were used, but on civilians not against 'enemy combatants'...

    Kerry just wanted to get the Hitler tag in

    •  that's what he said (0+ / 0-)

      and it's false.  Hitler (Nazi Germany) did not use "these weapons" (Sarin in particular) against soldiers or civilians.  Substantial quantities were produced (as they were by Britain and the US as well) but they were not used.

      Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

      by Deward Hastings on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 02:46:20 PM PDT

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      •  uh... (1+ / 0-)
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        koNko

        Auschwitz?  Nazis killed millions of civilians with chemical weapons.

        •  Hydrogen Cyanide was not weaponized (3+ / 0-)
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          aliasalias, skrekk, koNko

          in WWII by any of the combatants.  It has been used as a lethal agent for executions in locations as diverse as Auschwitz and California's gas chamber at San Quentin, but was not in either of those (or any other) examples delivered as a "poison gas weapon" but was produced on-site . . . in California by reacting Potassium Cyanide with Sulfuric Acid, and at Auschwitz by reacting Zyklon-B (which is a solid) with water.  Since HCN is lighter than air it is effectively lethal only in enclosed spaces, rendering it impractical to use as a "chemical weapon".

          Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

          by Deward Hastings on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 04:47:44 PM PDT

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          •  well that's obviously what he meant (1+ / 0-)
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            koNko

            to the average person (or congressman) gassing people with poison gas is using chemical weapons - even if the gas wasn't "weaponized" or "weaponizable" to DOD standards, it sure did kill millions

            anyway, as everyone says, he just wanted to throw the Hitler tag at Assad

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