Re(2): Nice Subject
"The headline "Chemical-weapons hysteria causes cholera" is accurate."
No it isn't.
"It's a little thing we like to call "cause and effect". Perhaps you've heard of it?"
Indeed, thanks for checking though.
"Cause: chlorine allegedly used as a weapon.
Effect: U.S. government goes overboard by creating embargo on chlorine."
WRONG. Read the article again. "...gas are being held up due to fears it might be used as a chemical weapon...". There is NO use, there is NO alleged use. There is FEAR of use.
"Cause: chlorine embargo.
Effect: no clean water.
Cause: no clean water.
Effect: cholera in water is allowed to reproduce and spread."
So we step through 3 series of cause and effect to supposedly arrive at the subject. It's still wrong, neither chemical-weapons nor hysteria have "caused" cholera. Perhaps they "lead" to cholera but they have NOT "caused" it. Even if we ignore the use of "caused" there still isn't any chemical-weapons, there is only FEAR of chemical-weapons. The title should actually be "Fear of chemical-weapons leads to embargo resulting in cholera" or something like that.
"What would you like to argue next?" Anything you like, shall we start a debate blog?
"That bullets don't really kill people"
Bullets and guns don't kill people, they're inanimate objects. Perhaps you've heard of them? People kill people.
"...that instead it's the damage to the various tissues that actually kills people?"
This is also a good point, many people live with bullets and shrapnel in their bodies for years and years. Many people are shot and live. It IS as you have pointed out the damage caused by the bullet which kills the person not the bullet itself. I suppose in some bizzare extreme case a bullet (or many bullets) could result in lead poisoning though.
@ Steve thanks for the support, though I still don't think "Chemical-weapons hysteria causes cholera to spread" is perfect, maybe "Chemical-weapons hysteria results in spread of cholera". IMHO the chemical-weapons (which don't actually exist) aren't causal of the chorlera spread (not directly enough), but I can agree that cholera spread is a result of the topic. Sorry if I'm not being clear enough, I don't want to write a huge essay on this. Basically I agree that subjects can follow cause and effect, if that cause and effect are in direct relation and not many steps apart. Anyway I'll digress and hopefully you get what I was aiming at.
PS > Wow now that I previewed it, I did kinda write an essay, sorry about that everyone!