I do not endorse their use, but then I would sooner live in a world minus the killing, and the weak justification given for it, however, to the best of my knowlege, chemical and biological weapons are banned, or at least their use is banned.
Of course, as with all laws, there are those that work to break it, with both Israel and the US military accused of having used white phospherous as a weapon.
However, it seems strange to me that we specifically ban the use of chemical weapons, yet the use of a whole range of terrible bombs, and other weapons is entirely accepted.
Yes, of course chemical and biological weapon use has the potential to be so very bad, however, would it really be any worse than the deaths and disabilities caused by those weapons NOT banned? Heavens, Russia and the US have enough nuke war heads to blow the planet up, several times over, they are legal, yet, there is this moral high ground over chemical or biological weapons.
And what really constitutes a chemical weapon, anyhow?
Sometimes these buzz phrases are put out in the media, and we don't examine them properly.
Could it be argued that police officers using pepper spray or mace, during riots, are using a weapon that relies on chemicals?
Also, it means we can look at fantastic (but true) stories, such as this, in awe!
The "halitosis bomb" and "gay bomb" are informal names for two theoretical non-lethal chemical weapons, which a United States Air Force research laboratory speculated about producing, which involved discharging female sex pheromones over enemy forces in order to make them sexually attracted to each other.
The ever-ingenious inventors at Israel's weapons research and development directorate have created a schoolboy's dream: the ultimate stink bomb, with a disgusting smell that lingers in its victim's clothing for up to five years.
The foul-smelling liquid squirted by angry or frightened skunks at their victims was analysed by Israeli defence scientists and a synthetic version created for use in a weapon they call the "skunk bomb". Fired with great care, and from a respectable range, it is designed to force civilian protesters to disperse. Security forces would not be keen to arrest the victims, and they would be equally unwelcome at home.
When soldiers try to control crowds, or take action against guerrillas hiding in urban areas, there is a high risk of damage to property and people near by. Military weapons are designed to kill, and are often too powerful to use under these circumstances, as Israel Defence Forces have discovered in their clashes with Palestinian crowds. After years of using rubber bullets and tear gas, plus small arms, Israeli forces have been under pressure to create less-than-lethal weapons with which to target Palestinians. The skunk bomb is one example