Chemical Weapons

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Ever since the devastating results of the use of chemical weapons in World War One, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has set up a convention to prohibit chemical weapons. 100 out of the 106 countries on our planet have signed this convention. One of the six countries that has yet to sign this convention is Syria. Syria has been the recent target of chemical weapon controversy, after a sarin gas attack in Damascus on its own citizens on the morning of August 21st, 2013. “1,429 innocent citizens including 426 children” were killed in this attack (BBC News). Syria’s stockpiling and transportation of chemical weapons has forced the hand of the United States executive branch. This forced foreign policy of the US is the “red line” that US can not back down from. The United States foreign policy with Syria is effective because Syria is following through with the destruction of its chemical weapons on the UN’s and United States’s timeline.
Chemical weapons are considered weapons of mass destruction because of their powerful ability to be used through any distribution device. A chemical weapon is a “toxic chemical contained in a delivery system such as a bomb or shell” (Why Chemical Weapons are so Dangerous). Because chemical weapons can be launched as a widespread attack with a bomb or a specific attack on a single person with a bullet, chemical weapons are very flexible to their wielder's wants. This makes chemical weapons those of mass destruction. The chemical weapons that Syria has been proven to have used are mustard gas which “causes burn-like, blistering wounds” and Sarin gas which is a “nerve agent” (Why Chemical Weapons are so Dangerous) Sarin is cruel; “inhaled or absorbed through the skin, the g...

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