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Chemical and Biological Warfare
This paper examines the issue of chemical and biological weapons and war.
# 100796 | 4,855 words | 9 sources | APA | 2006 | US

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In this article the writer discusses that, throughout time, the quest to dominate another is limited only to the imagination of one man poised against the other. The writer points out that sometimes common flu symptoms such as headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, coughing, and shortness of breath are the first signs of chemical and biological warfare (CBW). The writer maintains that for some reason, the more one searches for answers to counter the effects of CBW the worse it gets. In this essay, discussion centers upon the 1972 Biological Weapon's Convention and the Geneva Protocol. The writer focuses on scientific research in this regard and identifies several items that are being used to help detect biological and chemical agents.

Chemical Agents and their Effects

From the Paper:

"Throughout history, chemical and biological weapons (CBW), warriors and terrorists have used a wide range of tactics and techniques to help defeat their enemy on and off the battlefield. These weapons are used in war to gain the upper advantage against a more formidable adversary, to enhance the political status of a rogue terrorist group, or to cripple the economy of a nation from the simple mailing of a threatening letter with powder. Whatever the reason, the unknown effects of a release can be devastating. Law enforcement personnel who respond to the initial crisis of a release or assist with the aftermath have to know the difference between a chemical and a biological agent release. These weapons of war also have evolved from throwing rocks and sticks at each other to the unthinkable weapons of mass destruction called bioterrorism. You may ask yourself, what is bioterrorism? The Center for Disease Control defines bioterrorism as the intentional or threatened use of bacteria, fungi, or toxins from living organisms to produce death or disease in humans, animals, or plants and involves intimidation of nations or people to accomplish political or social ends."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Center for Disease Control (CDC), Bioterrorism: An Overview. Retrieved February 12, 2005, from
  • Phillips, M. B., (n. d.) Bioterrorism: A Brief History, Retrieved February 12, 2005 from
  • Mayor, A. (2003) Greek Fire, Poison Arrows, Scorpion Bombs. Biological and Chemical Warfare in the Ancient World, Woodstock, New York, The Overland Press, Peter Mayer Publishers, Inc.
  • Harris, S. H. (2002) Factories of Death: Japanese Biological Warfare, 1932 - 1945 and the American Cover-up, Great Britain, Routledge
  • Mauroni, A. (2003) Chemical and Biological Warfare, A Reference Handbook, (1st ed.) Library of Congress

Cite this Term Paper:

APA Format

Chemical and Biological Warfare (2008, February 03) Retrieved September 28, 2022, from

MLA Format

"Chemical and Biological Warfare" 03 February 2008. Web. 28 September. 2022. <>