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Historical U.S. Stance Against Chemical Weapons

By December 6, 2012

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At right is a photo of American soldiers in World War I who were temporarily blinded in a poison gas attack in 1918. The horrors of gas attacks in that war prompted the U.S. and other major world nations to begin a long process of prohibiting the production and usage of chemical weapons in warfare.

With this week's reports that Syrian forces might be preparing to use chemical weapons against opposition rebels, it's a good time to look America's history of anti-chemical weapons foreign policies. Read here.

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