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  •  Ummm, technically Bullet's and Explosives.... (0+ / 0-)

    ... are Chemical Weapons. Bullet's are metal, a chemical element. And Explosives like gunpowder, TNT, C4, etc are all chemical's that happen to "combust" in a particularly spectacular manner.

    •  well... (1+ / 0-)
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      Metal in-and-of itself does not equal a chemical. If the metal is staged by design to undergo a chemical reaction upon use, then, it can be called a chemical in this context. As is the case with depleted uranium.

      Atheistic Determinist and Contemplative Contrarian.

      by ShockandAwed on Thu Sep 05, 2013 at 12:59:59 PM PDT

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    •  This is not the place to display your pedantry. (0+ / 0-)

      And in regard to weapons and their legality or otherwise, the technicalities do not come from a dictionary nor even a chemistry text book. The technicalities come from layers of historical and legal precedents. I certainly don't know enough to engage meaningfully on this topic, so am happy to sit back and learn from others.

      •  pedantry, nice. A pedant way of calling me boring (0+ / 0-)

        Regardless, thermite though also only metal is staged as a reactant pairing and is used extensively in our own war zones. Exothermic war-wounds are among the worst known, similar in character to WP.

        Nanothermite explosive devices are approaching the force released in small tactical nuclear weapons. Add a shell of DU and you've got a stealth nuke in all but name.

        Atheistic Determinist and Contemplative Contrarian.

        by ShockandAwed on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 11:45:18 AM PDT

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        •  ShocknAwed,my comment was a reply to The Jester's (0+ / 0-)

          suggestion that a bullet, being metal, was a chemical weapon and that, fundamentally, everything is composed of chemicals.. I am all in favour of pedantry at the right time and place (I type "favour" as I am Australian and we try to hold to English-styled spellings).
          Your contribution certainly didn't bore me. I appreciate erudite comments and was interested in the discussion around the US' use of DU projectiles and WP, and the "lawyering" around why it was supposedly OK despite both causing casualties in ways every bit as horrific as Sarin.
          Kind regards to you

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