Before Ketchum wrote his memoir, he had tried to sort out his experiences in a series of half-finished manuscripts, variously titled “Aerosol One” or “LSD Forever” or “The Black Drum” or, simply, “Jim.” Most of them are romans à clef, though that term suggests too great a departure from reality, as many people in them are named, and all of the events are genuine. In these early attempts at telling his story, the volunteers—the men he drugged—barely figure. Instead, Ketchum’s focus is himself, under different pseudonyms: Peter (Micro) Hansen (“competent and charismatic and soon aggressively takes over, with impressive results”), James McFarley (“a moderate thirst for opponents, human and inanimate”), Dr. McSorley (“nothing if not a man of action—impulse, if the truth be known”).
I think I can make a case that chemical weapons are the *most* moral weapon to use on the battlefield, from a long-term class perspective. The infamous guarantee of mass slaughter of combatants on the battlefield makes it much harder to enlist the proletariat in armies, which makes it much harder to justify the veritable torrent of money that is directed to the clearly bourgeoisie independent arms manufacturers. Forced conscription of the proletariat for certain death in the army would also hasten a more "revolutionary" attitude.
Following the money in the Geneva Conventions, I see arms manufacturers protecting their markets, both in size (chemical weapons cost much, much less to manufacture, as measured by cost per soldier-death) and expertise (bullets and armor, electronics and avionics present a very high cost-of-entry to competitors).
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