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Andi

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I find it very weird that use of tear gas was specifically banned by the chemical weapons convention for use in military conflicts in 1993, but it is apparently completely fine for the police to use against their own citizens.
 

Blaze

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I would assume it was less a 'so deadly we need to ban tear gas' and more of a 'we want to ban all chemical warfare and don't want to start making acceptations that lead to other acceptations.

Don't quote me on that though.
 

humon

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Jan 3, 2019
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Yeah, banning tear gas from battlefields seems like overreach, but it definitely makes it easier to enforce, considering it's not always easy to identify the particular gas that was used in a strike (or in the case of Syria, which side even used it). However, it does mean technically both Obama and Trump violated this ban when they used it to disperse illegal migrants at the US-Mexico border. Since they were defending a national border from foreigners trying to cross it without permission, it could be considered a type of military conflict.

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