Originally posted by Dronetek
You are saying that since the US spun WP as a chemical weapon, its ok for you to spin it that way? Because WP is not a chemical weapon.
The terms and conditions on the use of, and what consitutes, chemical weapons are defined in the:
CONVENTION ON THE PROHIBITION OF THE
DEVELOPMENT, PRODUCTION, STOCKPILING
AND USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS
AND ON THEIR DESTRUCTION
The definitions and criteria show:
Definitions and Criteria
For the purposes of this Convention:
1. "Chemical Weapons" means the following, together or separately:
(a) Toxic chemicals and their precursors, except where intended for purposes not prohibited under this Convention, as long as the types and quantities
are consistent with such purposes;
(b) Munitions and devices, specifically designed to cause death or other harm through the toxic properties of those toxic chemicals specified in
subparagraph (a), which would be released as a result of the employment of such munitions and devices;
(c) Any equipment specifically designed for use directly in connection with the employment of munitions and devices specified in subparagraph (b).
2. "Toxic Chemical" means:
Any chemical which through its chemical action on life processes can cause death, temporary incapacitation or permanent harm to humans or
This includes all such chemicals, regardless of their origin or of their method of production, and regardless of whether they are
produced in facilities, in munitions or elsewhere.
(For the purpose of implementing this Convention, toxic chemicals which have been identified for the application of verification measures are listed
in Schedules contained in the Annex on Chemicals.)
As the components of WP appear in the index of chemicals in this document WP is clearly - in terms of international agreement - a chemical weapon.
A bullet is not a chemical weapon because it causes damage through impact and ballistics not through the effect of chemicals.
Do not miss the point, the use of WP is not the important issue here. The main reason this incident is such a major problem is that the US military is
using political propaganda to maniplulate opinion. Something Saddam's regime was also very good at.
Edited to correct grammer.
[edit on 2-12-2005 by Expositor]