Chemical warfare has long been considered a particularly loathsome form of combat. The specter of unprotected soldiers and nearby noncombatants incapacitated or killed within moments by invisible, silent, odorless vapors discharged by a far-distant enemy has terrified many, and has also energized repeated international attempts to prohibit, or at least to moderate, these applications of deadly science.
David A. Koplow,
Long Arms and Chemical Arms: Extraterritoriality and the Draft Chemical Weapons Convention,
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