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Re: [casi] chlorine

On the general suject of chlorine, I am still bemused
as to why it is classified as dual-use at all.

Chlorine is produced by the electrolysis of brine. All
you need to do to make it is to take brine (add salt
to water), stick a partially permiable membrane in the
middle of it and pass an electric current through it.
Setting up a system to manufacture it for limited
military use is pretty easy (any scientist with a
basic knowledge of chemistry could set up the system),
so I'm sure that if the Iraqi military want to use
chlorine, they already have plenty of it.
On the other hand, manufacturing enough to treat the
water supply for millions of people is far more
tricky, as the electrical requirement is much larger.

The other question is why anybody would use chlorine
in warfare these days - nerve agents are vastly
superior weapons. Chlorine hasn't been used for almost
a century.


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