Offensive Weaponry

Israel has developed a new weapon that should be less harmful than the rubber bullets they use against protesters. It's a liquid called Skunk, to be deployed from a water cannon.
Imagine the worst, most foul thing you have ever smelled. An overpowering mix of rotting meat, old socks that haven't been washed for weeks - topped off with the pungent waft of an open sewer.

Imagine being covered in the stuff as it is liberally sprayed from a water cannon.

Then imagine not being able to get rid of the stench for at least three days, no matter how often you try to scrub yourself clean.

Skunk is made from yeast, baking soda, and some secret ingredients that are completely organic. David Ben Harosh, an Israeli police superintendent, is proud of the Skunk project.
"It's totally harmless, you can even drink it,"

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Justin--Great insight into the Middle East. It is a shame that a repressive regime such as Israel developed this weapon. Much better if some of those more progressive regimes such as Syria, Iran, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, or Lybia had developed it. Those pesky Israelis! Imagine, trying to find a less lethal or injurious way of controlling unruly mobs! Let's get the UN involved, shall we? I think the security council should take this one up. Maybe we can get the World Court involved too!

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Nonlethal weapons are really a horrible invention. They turn democracies into police states very quickly. How, you ask?

Simple. Because it won't kill the civilian (and that is inevitably who it is used against, citizens), police tend to use it more and more often, for lesser and lesser reasons. Eventually, they are used as punishment, again, for lesser and lesser reasons. See the abuse of tasers in the US.

This kind of thing should only be used on the battlefield. Civilians, no matter how belligerent, shouldn't be subject to such attacks. Either shoot them or arrest them. Don't punish people without a trial.
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