1. Popularly known as Weapon of mass destruction (WMD), these dangerous weapons have capabilities to cause damage in terms of death and destruction on a colossal scale. These weapons are generally classified into nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons, now widely referred as NBC weapons. Going beyond the men’s latest fashion and the latest fashion trends for men, we will throw more light on the WMDs.
2. One of the examples of the WMD has already been witnessed, the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, wherein 66,000 people were instantly killed and radiation injury enlarged the death toll to 140,000.
3. Traditionally, the WMD included Chlorine gas (a choking agent), mustard gas (a blistering agent) and infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi causing pneumonic plague, anthrax, and smallpox that were sprayed over the populated areas. The world has witnessed such techniques during World War I (1914–18), World War II and the Iran-Iraq War (1980–88) and toward the end of the century.
4. Today, the development and use of WMD is governed by several international conventions and treaties, but sadly not all countries have signed and ratified them. In the contemporary times, there are many weapons that have been developed by US Military that qualifies for WMD. Latest WMD weapons include M67 hand grenade that has an explosive charge of 6.5 ounces and TOW-2 anti-tank missile that can blasts through a tank armor with a 13-pound warhead.
5. According to US law, US aircraft have routinely been using WMDs in Afghanistan that includes WMD such as M795 artillery shell that can carry 20 pounds of TNT to its target and PGU-14/B Armor Piercing Incendiary ammunition that uses depleted uranium to punch through armor releasing radiations during the process.
6. Rightly believed by US President John F. Kennedy who during a speech at Rice University on 12 September 1962, spoke of not filling space “with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding”.
7. The fact remains that the only country that has used a Nuclear WMD in a war is the United States, although there are eight countries that have admitted to possessing and tested nuclear weapons, only five of which have ratified NPT. The eight are China, France, India, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.