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Chemical weapons, like certain other kinds of weapons are banned not because of people killed by them, but because of what they do to the survivors. A summary from NPR: http://www.npr.org/2013/05/01/180348908/why-chemical-weapons-have-been-a-red-line-since-world-war-i It's a little counterintuitive that international law prefers weapons that kill cleanly ...


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Two main problems with chemical (and biological) weapons is that their effects are usually considered unnecessarily cruel, and controlling their spread is not always possible. When exposed to a chemical weapon, only some victims die right away (depending on the weapon, this group may be very small), others have to endure days or weeks of pain. While a bomb ...


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What actions are legal against pirates for private ships? It depends on the maritime laws of the flag state and whether the ship is in international or national waters at the time of the incident. Hence the answer is highly variable depending on the exactly which marine treaties the flag state has signed and ratified. However the doctrine of universal ...


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Since no one else has mentioned it, another reason is that chemical weapons are most effective against people who are relatively weak. Civilians over soldiers. The old and the young over those in the middle. Lower concentrations can be fatal to children. Any weapon that is more effective against children than soldiers is one that is going to be opposed....


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Who supplies Saudi-Arabia with weapons? As you can read on the Wikipedia article on the Royal Saudi Air Force and Saudi-Arabian ground forces, Saudi Arabia has the following aircraft capable of performing ground strikes: 154 McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle's (United States) 64 Eurofighter Typhoon's (Germany/UK/Italy/Spain joint venture) 80 Panavia ...


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The second part of the question is simple and factual: Signing is when the executive (President, Prime Minister, or their appointed minister) indicate the country's willingness to agree to a treaty. Typically at the end of a period of inter-governmental negotiation, the governments will sign the treaty. But in many countries (particularly democratic ones) ...


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Can any country purchase arms from North Korea? Yes, any country can purchase arms from North Korea. Or, is it forbidden? Yes, It's forbidden. It is forbidden because of various sanctions, but they can sell to anyone (or anyone can buy from them) by using bypassing techniques. Reference: Wikipedia page Sanctions against North Korea The European Union ...


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As you note, the Turkish Government and the Russian have improved relations, and unlike previous Turkish leaders, Erdogan has not made closer relationships with "the West" through, for example, EU membership a central part of his foreign policy. So the Turkish government is well disposed towards Russia. I'm sure that Erdogan trying to position himself at the ...


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Jeremy Corbyn has repeatedly said he would stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia. He said: Labour will re-examine the arms export licensing regulations to ensure that all British arms exports are consistent with our legal and moral obligations,This means refusing to grant export licences for arms when there is a clear risk that they will be used to commit ...


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Firstly this is an article with slightly more information: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/09/isis-seizes-chemical-weapons-plant-muthanna-iraq What is states is different from your article in several points: a) These weapons are from the 80ies (Some usage was in the Iraq-Kuwait war) Chemical weapons need to be stored properly or they degrade; ...


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Israel apparently. Which references Drone Databook. Let’s start with what we know. The most recent edition of the Drone Databook that was compiled by Bard College’s Center for the Study of the Drone says Azerbaijan has eight different types of drones, all acquired from Israel. These include the Aerostar, Orbiter 1K and Orbiter 3 from Aeronautics. FWIW, ...


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The BBC says: The Muthanna complex northwest of Baghdad houses remnants of rockets filled with sarin and other deadly nerve agents. The UN and US say the munitions are degraded and the rebels will be unable to make usable chemical arms from them. The CIA has information about this facility. Apparently, it was declared to the UN as a site where ...


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Chemical weapons are "such a big deal" mainly for historical reasons, and partly for political reasons. Prohibition of use of poisonous substances has a long history, going back to at least 1675. There's a summary of the history here. Of course, since then, many more unpleasant weapons have been invented and used. The political dimension enters because there ...


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In an idealized representative democracy, the appropriate civilian response to police misconduct is voting. In all cases, the people who set agendas for community policing — mayors, county sheriffs, police chiefs, etc — are either elected directly or are appointed by elected officials. Getting a sympathetic elected official into office, thus, would ...


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The purchaser in the situation you describe is the Saudi (for example) national government. The seller is a private company such as BAE systems. However the British Government is deeply involved. The government has to provide export licences, so the Saudi Government negotiates with the BAE (who say what they can make and at what price) and with the British ...


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You seem to be largely unaware of the circumstance under which this deal was made: Only three weeks after the coup attempt, President Erdogan paid an official visit to Moscow; during the visit his Russian counterpart expressed that Moscow wanted to supply Turkey with the S-400 – the more advanced offspring of the S-300 (eliminated from T-LORAMIDS ...


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In short: it's murky. In theory the answer is no -- there are no more arms sales to parties involved in the conflict: Conflicts abroad have also spurred Germany to prohibit or put a freeze on the sale of arms. In November 2018, the German government stopped all arms exports to Saudi Arabia as a reaction to the killing of the government-critical Saudi ...


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You can write politicians, join a political party, do a video, or run for President yourself, maybe someone in this thread have good pointers for that. But I think public protests are a good mean to show opinions. Here are a few advices from me. I participate in a lot of public protests. Try to be as many "regular" people as possible. Invite children and ...


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There is a disproportionate cost in the development, maintenance, use, disposal, and cleanup of these weapons. Not just in material wealth, but there are also significant environmental repercussions, medical costs, and general impact on the surrounding communities. They are also comparatively ineffective in warfare considering their other ramifications. I ...


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The claim wasn't that Hussein had never used weapons of mass destruction. It was that Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction at the time of the invasion. Remember that the justification for the invasion was that Hussein was stonewalling UN inspectors and that the US had intelligence claiming that he had a supply of weapons of mass destruction. ...


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The United States can hardly call out Russia for using White Phosphorus against enemy combatants hiding among civilian targets when they did the same in Iraq and very likely also in Afghanistan. When one condemns the use of WP by Russia, one also has to condemn its use by the US (and Israel too, by the way). That's not in the political interest of any state ...


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For the case of the UK: As far as I can tell there is no poll regarding the view of Britons on the UK selling weapons to Saudi Arabia. For the US: I believe the same is true - no polls thus far. I think this is mostly because, as Philipp has said, the average person is not properly informed about this matter. This is because nearly all the details of ...


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As per numerous reports and proofs (e.g. here: http://mignews.com/mobile/article.html?id=170714_180057_67686 - sorry it's in Russian language, use Google Translate): half of the organizers are Russian Spetznaz sent by Russian government, not "Ukraininan rebels" And there are tons of Russian military fighting among these "Ukraininan rebels" In addition, ...


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A big part of the problem with chemical weapons is that nobody wants to admit that something relatively effective against a civilian target can be comparatively so very simple, these are generally terror weapons. Sure, VX or Sarin are buggers to synthesize, especially if you want them as a binary, but something like mustard or dimethyl mercury is not ...


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The answer to the question hinges on whether you consider "Agent Orange" and other defoliants used in Vietnam to be a chemical weapon. Agent Orange is toxic to humans, however its primary function is as a herbicide: to kill the forests that the Communist Vietnamese army used as cover. It is claimed that it had a secondary purpose as a chemical weapon. Agent ...


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The German government likes to deny that such deals happen, at the same time that they are approved by the government via its security council only after strict investigation, and it even goes to lengths to publish decisions that sound like an embargo to weapons or other military equipment (grouped into the same category as weapons). The reality, however, ...


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There are some fairly obvious reasons from a military procurement viewpoint. Due to necessity and through ingenuity, Israel is pretty skilled at manufacturing weapons. Some examples: Battlefield UAVs were pretty much invented by Israel, prior to that drones were mostly used for target simulations, though they have been some abandoned projects for ...


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I believe that the answer to your question will require some very careful estimates of public statements vs. actual policy. Countries do not always do as they say, and what they say changes with what they can do. Both the United States and Russia rely on spaceborne early warning to warn against missile attack. This is part of their military infrastructure, ...


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