I just saw a clip of John Kerry where he made the claim that Chemical weapons have been banned for 100 years and the only people to use them in that time have been Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein. Now *gasp* a US Secretary of State can't be telling untruths to whip up world opinion on his side can he now? Or putting a certain deceptive spin on the real gen so as to con people into supporting his story. No, impossible of course. But maybe he was genuinely and accidentally wrong or mis-briefed by his aides who, after all, being Americans generally have a hazy idea of history and things outside the US. Yes, that must be it. Yet that statement can be pulled apart can it not? When have chemical weapons etc. been banned since? Have they really? Hague convention 1899 and 1907 had a lot of signatories and was merely hollow, also unsigned by the US. 1925 Geneva Protocol unratified by the US till 1975, just after Vietnam and Agent Orange. Who has used them in the last 100 years apart from Adolph, in the camps but not on the battlefield, and Saddam on Iraqis and Kurds? WW1 Both Tommies and Fritz used gas. From Here; Kerry's incomplete list of 'tyrants' using chem weapons - The Washington Post "We consulted with Jeffery K. Smart, a military historian who has written extensively on the use of chemical weapons. There have definitely been chemical weapons used in other instances, he said. First, in 1934, Italys fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini, invaded Ethiopia and used chemical weapons, such as mustard bombs, despite having signed and ratified the Geneva Accord. Emperor Haile Selassie told the League of Nations that there were tens of thousands of victims, including women and children, but the League did nothing and the Ethiopian forces were routed. (The Italians claims the use of chemical weapons was justified because of an exception in the treaty that allowed for reprisal against illegal acts of war.) Then, in 1937, Imperial Japan invaded China and used chemical weapons, including mustard agent by 1939. (The toll from the chemical weapon use is unknown, but an estimated 300,000 people, including civilians, died during the Sino-Japanese conflict.) Finally, during the Yemen civil war between 1963 and 1967, Egyptian President Gama Abdul Nasser ordered the use of chemical weapons against royalist forces -- villagers supporting them. Egypt repeatedly denied using such weapons, but the International Red Cross declared they had been used after forensic examination. Egypt also had signed the Geneva Accord and the United States, preoccupied with the Vietnam war, made little protest. We should also note that while the United States apparently has not used chemical weapons, it had an extensive chemical weapons program and did not ratify the Geneva Protocol until 1975. President Franklin Roosevelt established a policy of no first use, but in 1943 an American ship secretly loaded with mustard agent bombs was destroyed during a German air raid in Italy, resulting in more than 600 casualties and nearly 100 deaths. The civilian toll is unknown. Update: A reader shared a link to a declassified CIA study showing that the Soviet Union likely used lethal chemical weapons in Southeast Asia and in Afghanistan in the 1970s, possibly killing thousands." Then we aren't counting Agent Orange in Vietnam and further WMD in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I also don't recall that whilst awaiting Ivan in the long gone days of the Cold War that mere protests and signatures on documents would have stopped either side from the use of NBC Warfare, although in the case of B&C Nato did decline First Use while retaining the capability and expecting to use it. Ivan would have had no scruples whatsoever, as many hours stuffed into noddy suits can testify. OK so have I missed any other incidents that Arrsers know of?