Preventing a Manmade Apocalypse Essays

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This world is filled with constant warfare and the threat of safety. Nations all over the world are in constant conflict to protect their country and their rights. Weapons of mass destruction are at the epicenter of this constant threat against peace and life. The presence of weapons of mass destruction is a serious threat to the world and daily life, requires much concern, and needs to be addressed because of the imminent threat of massive destruction.
Weapons of mass destruction are divided into biological, chemical, and nuclear devices (Porteus 1). The uses of weapons of mass destruction can range from the silent threat of a poison gas attack to a cataclysmic nuclear explosion (Porteus 1). Biological terrorism can include anything from
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The sickening effects of biological weapons of mass destruction can be treated with antidotes, antibiotics, vaccines, or stomach pumping (Porteus 2). Russia, Iraq, North Korea, and Syria possess biological weapons as well as the United States, who studies some substances, such as anthrax, in laboratories (Porteus 2).
Symptoms determine the classification of chemical weapons of mass destruction, such as blistering and nerve agents (Porteus 2). Other forms “include: blood agents, including cyanide, arsine, cyanogen chloride, and hydrogen chloride; choking agents, including chlorine, diphosgene and phosgene; other nerve agents; and vesicants, such as distilled mustard, ethyldichloroarsine, mustard-lewisite mixture, and forms of nitrogen mustard” (Porteus 2-3). Included also are harassing agents, such as riot control chemicals and vomiting agents (Porteus 3). The primary chemical weapons are mustard gas, sarin (GB), VX, soman (GD), and tabun (Porteus 2). Skin contact, inhalation, eye contact, deployment via commercial handheld agricultural sprayers, crop dusters, and spray tanks on aircraft or ships, deployment via munitions delivered by gravity bombs, or in warheads on ballistic or cruise missiles, water and food contamination, and opening a container full of harmful chemicals in a crowded area are all delivery systems of chemical weapons of mass destruction (Porteus 3). Burning or blistering of the skin and…