Ethics and Weapons of Mass Destruction

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The term weapon of mass destruction has been in existence since the 1930’s. Weapons of mass destruction can be better identified as nuclear weapons, biological weapons, chemical weapons, or radiological weapons. A true definition of weapons of mass destruction is “any destructive device; any weapon that is designed or intended to cause death or serious bodily injury through the release, dissemination, or impact of toxic or poisonous chemicals, or their precursors; any weapon involving a biological agent, toxin, or vector; any weapon that is designed to release radiation or radioactivity at a level dangerous to human life”. Weapons of mass destruction, also known as WMD’s, can be described as nuclear bombs, missiles, toxic chemicals, or hand grenades, artillery shells, and even ammunition often used in cannons. . These weapons of mass destruction are used in some countries on a daily basis. The sole purpose for using WMD’s should be for protection, however, if used by persons other than the military they can be used for nefarious reasons. This paper will identify reasons why the UK has joined forces with other organizations to stop the use of weapons of mass destruction, and their reasoning behind it. It will also illustrate why I believe that weapons of mass destruction are necessary for the protection of our people, our country. The United Kingdom has taken a stand and plans to stop the widespread use of weapons of mass destruction. The United Kingdom will need to use its weapons of mass destruction to save the lives of soldier’s during war. While the UK government has weapons of mass destruction, they do not believe in using them because they believe weapons of mass destruction raises serious humanitarian and security... ... middle of paper ... ...Mass Destruction.” Britannica School.Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc., 2013. Web. 15 Nov. 2013. http://school.eb.com/levels/high/article/39811 “United Kingdom Government’s Legal Position on Chemical Weapon Use by Syrian Regime.” Council on Foreign Relations. Council on Foreign Relations, n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2013 http://www.cfr.org/weapons-of-mass-destruction/ “UK must keep Trident nuclear deterrent- David Cameron.” BBC News. BBC, 04 Apr. 2013. Web. 18 Nov. 2013 Arms Control Association http://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/ukprofile “Tell Us What You Think of Gov.UK.” Countering Weapons Proliferation. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2013 Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) MI-5 The Security Service https://www.mi5.gov.uk/home/the-threats/proliferation-of-wmd.html Dudley, William. “Weapons of Mass Destruction.” Greenhaven Press. (2005) 30 Nov. 2013

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