Chemical weapons the silent killers

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Since the third century A.D weapons that harness the power of chemical reactions have been used, intended for military use; however, in recent history terrorists have been able to acquire these gaseous weapons of mass destruction. After their release there is no possibility of containing chemical weapons as they are spread by the wind throughout a massive area. There are no moral implications for these weapons as they possess no positive use for society. Chemical weapons have plagued humanity since their creation with their unrestricted slaughter of soldiers and civilians, their use in mass genocides, and the damage caused to the environment. First, over the decades chemical weapons evolved becoming more lethal and easier to create causing the threat for a chemical attack to increase exponentially. Chemicals become weaponized substances designed to inflict bodily harm or kill humans (“Chemical Weapons”). Chemical warfare is the use of chemical weapons to kill enemies or civilians or to prevent the enemy from using resources, mainly agriculture (“Chemical Warfare”). The most common place chemical weapons prevalent around the world are sarin, VX, and mustard and tear gas (“Chemical Warfare”). These weapons are classified into four different categories depending on their functions; nerve agents, blister agents, blood agents, and respiratory agents (“Chemical Warfare”). Nerve agents such as sarin and Tabun cause the human central nervous system to shut down, which shuts down the heart and brain (“Chemical Warfare”). Developed in the 1930’s Sarin, the first mass produced nerve agent, was created by almost every major country until the Geneva Convention in the 1970’s (“Chemical Warfare”). Destroying tissue around the eyes and... ... middle of paper ... ...know not what the weapons of world war III will be fought with, but world war IV will be fought with sticks and stones.” Works Cited "Chemical Warfare, From Rome to Syria. A Time Line." National Geographic. National Geographic Society, 22 Aug. 2013. Web. 01 May 2014. "Chemical warfare." UXL Encyclopedia of Science. U*X*L, 2007. Science in Context. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. "Chemical Weapons." World of Chemistry. Gale, 2000. Science in Context. Web. 29 Apr. 2014. "Result Filters." National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web. 01 May 2014. "The Ethics of Chemical and Biological Weaponry." The Ethics of Chemical and Biological Weaponry. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 May 2014. "'War of Nerves': A History of Chemical Weapons." Talk of the Nation 8 May 2006.Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 30 Apr. 2014.

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