Why are these so special? Basically, governments are saying: “Hey, you’re not allowed to use poison to kill people. You have to use good ole’ fashion bullets, face-to-face knifing, fire, and bombs. Poison is too impersonal; you have to kill people in a bloodier, more traumatizing and destructive way”. About 100,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict, and now we’re talking war when about 1,000 die from chemicals. Whatever your position is on intervention (I’m against), shouldn’t we be consistent about it instead of pretending that the tool used to kill should matter. Remember that conventional weapons are just as nondiscriminatory toward women and children as chemical weapons. Irony: we thought conventional hanging and firing squads were too inhumane, so we now carry out the death penalty with poison.