Ever since the beginning of time people have used tools, which were later called weapons. People have used weapons to defend his or her life, family, property, prosperity, country, and even his honor. Over the years weapons have improved greatly and people are still trying to make them even better. In earlier times when man started using weapons they were made of stones, sticks, fire, or whatever was available to them. Now, the weapons I speak of weren’t as harmful and deadly as the weapons of today, but as the old story goes, David did kill the giant Goliath with a sling-shot and a stone. These weapons could still kill someone if they didn’t receive the proper attention, because of the infections they would cause. Some of the weapons used now are very powerful and deadly to any living things; some that could wipe out entire cities. Good examples of these types of weapons are chemical and biological weapons. The power of these type of weapons would be fatal to anything it comes across. These weapons hold so much power that humans and other living things would die and not even realize it was coming.
Chemical and Biological weapons have been used in war many a time in which mankind had the chance to see their power and their harmfulness. These types of weapons are very powerful and undetectable in most cases and could be made from mostly any virus or chemical. Humans have seen the power of chemical and biological weapons on a many occasions. If any of these kind of weapons are used in any certain area the chances of survival are very limited, because most of the chemicals and viruses used to make these weapons are deadly. The U.N. and other major world organizations have created many laws and rules against the use in any way of chemical and biological weapon use. Over the past few years the U.N. had to keep it’s eyes on a few countries that were trying to make and use these weapons. Some of these countries even had the chance to use these weapons. Countries like Iran, which in 1993 used chemical weapons on a small village killing over 1500 people (War Marvels, History Channel). If one has ever seen what some of these chemicals and viruses do to all living things then I believe, that they would consider not using these extremely deadly weapons of war.
The most impressive and scary fact about chemical and biological weapons is that most of them, when used, are undetectable to every human sense possible. They cannot be seen, smelled, or even tasted. During the Gulf War the United States created many devices for detection and protection in case of chemical or biological weapon attack. One of these inventions was a small box that would work kind of like a smoke detector. In the case of an attack, this small box would make a loud noise, which would let soldiers know that some kind of chemical or virus had been dropped. Another invention was a suit that would prevent soldiers from breathing or making any contact with the outside air where the weapon had been dropped. When chemical or biological weapons are dropped on a certain area, people don’t realize it until they see other people dropping to the ground and by the time they realize what is happening, it is too late to try to escape.
Some of the chemicals used to create these weapons of destruction are chloride (in its gas state), ammonium, nitrogen, and many other combinations of chemicals. These chemicals will make people sick or kill them by poisoning them. When making biological weapons, people use viruses, diseases, and bacteria like the Ebola virus and other deadly virus that attack the human body by skin contact or breathing. Ways that these weapons can be used could be by dropping them from airplanes or launching it in a missile head. When put into the air these types of gases or viruses will descend to the ground and kill anything that is living: humans, animals, plants, or anything else that may need or give off oxygen. Making or using these types of weapons anywhere in the world is illegal, because in 1993 more than 120 countries signed a treaty banning the production, stockpiling, and use of chemical weapons and establishing an independent organization to make sure that everyone follows the treaty. The United States and many other countries are getting rid of all their chemical weapons.
The U.N. is trying to regulate any country with these types of weapons, but many countries have either refused or lied about doing it. It is a slow process, because it takes a lot of time and money in order to get rid of or neutralize chemical and biological weapons. Countries in the Middle East are the ones with the largest amounts of these types of weapons. The U.N. is actually doing a good job by trying to have all countries get rid of these weapons, because a lot of innocent people are being killed or have already died from the use of these deadly weapons. This is why these weapons of destruction are being destroyed or put away so that no one will suddenly decide to launch some, do major damage, and take many innocent lives. Although chemical and biological weapons could stop a war, is it really worth killing so many innocent people just because they are titled the “enemy”.