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Dear Alun Some of the Dual use items that were "banned" by the UN are even more silly than Chorine. "Mustin" a chemotherapy drug used in the treatment of cancer was banned. Each vial of "Mustin" contains 10 milligrams of, medical grade, mustard hydrochloride. The UK government considered this as a dual use "banned" material. Fact: UNSCOM destroyed 80 tons of mustard that is equivalent to 800000000 vials!! Another "Dual use" item is Angisid tab. used to treat heart conditions. Each tab. contains 0.5 milligram of Glycerial trinitrate (TNT). A US$ 600000 contract was block because we "can" crush all these tab. to produce 2 kg of TNT that will be used to threatening the world!. I could go on and on listing stupid examples but the whole sanctions cncept is stupid. Best regards Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar Basghdad, Iraq ----- Original Message ----- From: "Alun Harford" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: <email@example.com> Cc: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 8:05 PM Subject: 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. > > Alun > > __________________________________________________ > Do you Yahoo!? > Yahoo! Mail Plus - Powerful. Affordable. Sign up now. > http://mailplus.yahoo.com > > _______________________________________________ > Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. > To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss > To contact the list manager, email email@example.com > All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk > > _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk