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1.Question: According to Sparrow's Syria: Death from Assad’s Chlorine there is good chlorine,bad chlorine and deadly chlorine. How would the same characterizations made in Syria beapplied to chlorine use and homeland security in the U.S.?The chemical chlorine is essentially a double-edged sword. There are many properties itpossesses; however, on the other hand depending on the circumstance and who is using thechemical it can be harmful. Chlorine can be used for a wide variety of things and is used on adaily basis, most likely without anyone the wiser. Without the chemical, the United Stateswould be in grave danger and the loss of life would almost be certain.In Sparrow’s article Syria: Death from Assad’s Chlorine, she referenced a country whichutilized chlorine as a sanitization source not only for water, but for medicinal purposes as well.Prior to the popular uprising this was common practice; however, the Syrian government beganwith holding public health measures to parts of the country who were politically unfriendly. Thisis a critical move by the Syrian government because by denying public health measures drinkingwater becomes contaminated, there are no vaccines for the sick, etc. The characterizations madein Syria can be applied to the United States because we as a country are reliant upon sanitization.In the event our country comes to a point where we are unable to maintain a way to sanitizewater, medicines, foods, as well as the goods made from utilizing chemicals such as chlorine, orsociety will become fairly bleak. If a terrorist organization or lone wolf actor were tocontaminate our ability to maintain sanitization practices it could potentially be a detrimentalattack, due to the reliant nature of the U.S.The dynamic in Syria is a grave one and at this point irreversible. As if it weren’t bad enoughto not have public health measures and not enough chlorine to go around, it is now come fullcircle where there is too much. The Syrian government was allowed to keep their stockpiles ofchlorine, as it had legitimate purposes and get rid of their stock piles of other chemicalmunitions, per the Convention on Chemical Weapons. As a result of Syria keeping their stock

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