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  •  in general, weapons do not get banned by treaty (1+ / 0-)
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    unless military establishments already find them bothersome or useless.  When the 1925 Geneva Protocols banned chemical weapons, it had already been shown in the First World War that chemical weapons had no significant military advantage and only slowed everything down by forcing everyone to take cumbersome protective measures. When biological weapons were banned by treaty in 1972, it had already become clear to militaries everywhere that live pathogen weapons could not be controlled or aimed with any precision, and were just as dangerous to the attacker as to the defender. When intermediate-range ballistic missiles were banned in Europe in 1987, they had already been rendered useless by air and submarine-launched cruise missiles.

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