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Weapons of Mass Destruction

Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD): A weapon or device that can kill or harm on a large scale.

There are three main categories of WMD:

  • Nuclear: the atomic bomb.
  • Biological: the use of pathogens, such as Anthrax.
  • Chemical: the use of chemicals, such as gas.

Many people condemn the use of WMD, however, others point out that there are some benefits.

People who criticise them claim:

  • Use of them can never meet the conditions of the just war theory.
  • Too many innocent civilians are killed.
  • Countries who keep supplies of them can become too powerful and dangerous.

However, others claim that, whilst not ideal, WMD can have advantages:

  • They offer a quick way to win a war, ending it earlier, leading to fewer lives lost. An example of this is when World War II was brought to a close after atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
  • Fewer lives are lost on the side of the attackers.
  • They can act as a deterrent to other nations who are less willing to go to war with a country that has them.