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  •  the international norms against CW have, actually (7+ / 0-)

    held up pretty well since 1918. There are three major treaties covering chemical and biological weapons, and nearly every country on the planet has signed them (with just a handful of holdouts).

    Since World War One, there have been dozens and dozens of accusations of the use of lethal chemical or biological weapons, against all sorts of nations ranging from the US and USSR to Thailand and the Philippines---but only a handful of actual confirmed uses (Italy in Ethiopia, Egypt in Yemen, Iraq in Iran and the Kurdish provinces, and now Syria). Only three nations--Syria, North Korea, and Egypt--are still suspected of possessing CW weapons and have not signed the Chemical Weapons Convention banning their production. Others who used to have CW stockpiles---the US, Russia, India, Libya, Iraq, South Africa, Iran, China--have either already destroyed their CW capability or are in the process of doing so now.

    That's a pretty good track record.

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