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  •  Hydrogen Cyanide was not weaponized (3+ / 0-)
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    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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      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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