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Originally posted by SLAYER69
Volunteering to be at ground zero for the big kick off?
Originally posted by ItDepends
Originally posted by ItDepends
Thanks Everyone for responding thusfar:
From Page 1:
From Page 2:
Current Tally after 2 Pages: 39 Responses
No Comm: 2
Thank you all for taking the time to provide your input!!
Great comments and some very thoughtful considerations being contributed, Thank You!
Page 3 Tally:
Total Count of Polling after 3 Pages:
Thank you all very much!! Definitively 'NO' at this point. But, again, I commend the many who have added additional thoughts and comments. It is pretty obvious that people feel strongly and have strong feelings for them!!
Note: Some comments are just that, which is ok, There have been just 2 that I have considered 'non-committed' and they were on Page 2! (non-scientific polling, but it's your vote!!
Originally posted by OtherSideOfTheCoin
I have a thread pretty much the exact same as this posted last week i think
only difference is that I was more asking if a proper ATS pole would be possible
How long have poisonous weapons been used?
For more than 2,000 years. As early as 600 B.C., the Athenians poisoned the wells of the Spartans, who later tried lobbing burning sulfur pitch over the walls of Athens, hoping to fill the city with toxic smoke. Genghis Khan used that same trick, catapulting burning sulfur pitch during his siege of fortified cities around A.D. 1200.
What makes these weapons different?
In a literal sense, they're not, since the goal of warfare is to kill lots of people in an efficient way. Bombs, missiles, and other munitions achieve very similar results, especially when dropped on civilian areas. But chemical weapons evoke a strong emotional response, perhaps because they can be invisible, and victims often suffer slow and agonizing deaths, convulsing and gasping for breath.
World War I. On April 22, 1915, Germany attacked Allied troops outside Ypres, Belgium, with chlorine gas. It was the first time a lethal gas had been used on a large scale in a modern war. "Suddenly we saw... this yellow wall moving quite slowly towards our lines," ..... the Allied line "was absolutely covered with bodies of gassed men. Must have been over 1,000 of them."
How did the world react?
The Allies saw how effective gases could be, and started using them. Both sides went on to use phosgene, a choking agent, and mustard gas, which causes painful burns and blisters. By the end of the Great War — dubbed by historians "the chemists' war" — more than 90,000 soldiers had been killed by poison gas, many succumbing only after days or weeks of agony. A million more were injured — many blinded for life. The world's horror led the League of Nations in 1925 to draft the Geneva Protocol, banning chemical weapons in war and declaring that their use "has been justly condemned by the general opinion of the civilized world." Most nations signed on (though the U.S. did not until 1975).
Why did Syria get them?
Syria began stockpiling chemical weapons in the 1970s and '80s, after losing three consecutive wars to Israel. The Syrians saw chemical weapons — which have been called "the poor man's nuclear weapon'' — as a last resort to counter Israel's military superiority and nuclear arsenal. Syria has been steadily manufacturing chemical weapons ever since. Intelligence services have estimated Syria's stockpile at 1,000 tons of chemical weapons, stashed in 50 facilities.....With its back against the wall, the regime has proven its willingness to use them.