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					Argument Against

   Andre Peralta
           Biological Weapons
• Include Bacteria, Fungus, or Virus’.
  -anthrax(fungus), smallpox(virus),
  plague(bacteria)
• Could also include the use of insects as
  weapons.
                              Cont.
• Biological weapons affect any living organisms or can affect the
  environment.
• Affects People (combatants and non combatants alike), animals, crops,
  water, soil.
• They have the possibility of being very infectious. They may spread
  through the air, through contact, or through ingestion.
• Biological weapons can certainly be seen as cruel since they have the
  potential to induce so much suffering and can kill millions indiscriminately.
                  Contamination
• It is possible that in countries without proper precautionary
  regulations, personnel, and infrastructure, and even in those
  with them, for an accidental release of these weapons to
  occur.
                               Incidents
• The largest biological weapons accident known– anthrax outbreak in
  Sverdlovsk in the Soviet Union in 1979, sheep became ill with anthrax as
  far as 200 kilometers from the release point of the organism from a
  military facility in the southeastern portion of the city and is still off limits
  to visitors today.
• Killed at least 66 people
• The effects of chemical weapons are particularly horrifying.
                 Chemical Weapons
• phosgene, a choking agent irritates the eyes and respiratory tract.
• hydrogen cyanide, blood agent which prevents transfer of oxygen to the
  tissues.
• Nerve agents, which block an enzyme that is necessary for functions of the
  central nervous system.
• Various blistering agents cause painful burning to the tissues.
• Some cause sores on the skin, vomiting, respiratory dysfunction, mental
  impairment, damage to the immune and nervous systems, infertility, and
  death.
                                 Cont.
• Many of the world’s powers have produced vast quantities of chemical
  weapons.
• Since these nations haven’t used these weapons, disposing of them is a
  particularly difficult problem.
• In some cases, the weapons were sunk to the bottom of all the worlds
  oceans in the holds of expendable ships.
• About 500 people around the world—mostly fishermen—have been
  injured by the weapons since 1946.
• There are 32 disposal sites off United States shores.
• Will take $3.2 billion in spending to build additional plants in Kentucky and
  Colorado to dispose of the U.S.’s remaining chemical weapons stockpile.
                            Incidents
• World War II: Millions of people were killed in nazi concentration camps
  gas chambers with carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide.
• Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons in the 1980s against Kurdish
  civilians.
• Iran-Iraq War: Mustard gas was used extensively
• Nerve gas agents killed about 20,000 Iranian soldiers .Of the 90,000
  survivors, some 5,000 seek medical treatment regularly and about 1,000
  are still hospitalized with severe, chronic conditions.
Argument For
  Chase Calvin
       Proliferation of weapons
• Despite international deterrence and the
  Chemical weapons Convention (CWC), some
  nations continue to research/ employ
  chemical and biological weapons
• The Chemical weapons convention requires all
  chemical weapons to be destroyed by 2012
Nations suspected of nonconformance
• The following nations are suspected of
  continued research or stockpiling of chemical
  weapons: Albania, Burma, China, Egypt,
  France, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Libya, North
  Korea, Pakistan, Russia, Serbia and
  Montenegro, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, the U.S,
  and Vietnam
• Most notable offenders to follow
                     Egypt
• Listed as “probable” suspect of stockpiled
  weapons
• Thought to possess facilities to make Sarin,
  VX, mustard gas, and phosgene
• Causes : employment of mustard gas in the
  yemeni civil war, believed to have supplied
  syria with chemical agents in the 70’s, and Iraq
  in the 80’s
                        Libya
• Employed limited use of chemical weapons in the
  80’s
• Produced mustard gas, sarin, and phosgene in the
  late 80’s
• U.N sanctions shut down what was suspected as the
  leading chemical weapons production lab in the
  world at that time in the late 90’s (Rabta industrial
  Complex)
• Agreed to CWC in 2004
                  North Korea
• Did not sign Chemical Weapons Convention
• Has been producing chemical weapons since mid
  50’s
• Over 13 possible sites identified as potential research
  or production centers
• Produces an estimated 4500 tons of weapons each
  year
• Has many delivery systems at its disposal for utilizing
  weapons produced.
• http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/intro/cw.htm
• http://www.slic2.wsu.edu:82/hurlbert/micro101/pages/101biologicalwea
  pons.html#disadvantagesofBW
• http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_and_weapons_of_mass_destruction#Ch
  emical_weapon_attacks
• http://www.mbari.org/news/homepage/2008/chemweapons.html
• http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/RL33432.pdf

				
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