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The chlorine gas originally used was undeniably cruel, but no worse than the frequent effect of shell or bayonet, and when it was succeeded by improved forms of gas both experience and statistics proved it the least inhuman of modern weapons. But it was novel and therefore labeled an atrocity by a world which condones abuses but detests innovations.
-- B. H. Liddell Hart, A History of the Real War, 1935
These steps should go a long way towards outlawing weapons whose use has been repugnant to the conscience of mankind. . . . Mankind already carries in its own hands the seeds of its own destruction. By the examples that we set today, we hope to contribute to an atmosphere of peace and understanding between all nations.
-- PresidentRichard M. Nixon, November 1969