Weapons of Mass Destruction

An examination of the creation, effects and possible usage of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

A nuclear, biological, or chemical attack can be devastating for all those involved and the world as a whole. This paper discusses how any weapon of mass destruction would create a devastating reaction both psychologically and economically. It looks at the history and different types of these weapons from their conception and their development throughout the world and evaluates how although world powers such as the United States and Russia are cutting back on WMD (Weapons of mass destruction), nations like Pakistan and Israel are developing large arsenals.
“India is believed to have enough plutonium to make anywhere from 100 to 150 warheads, and Pakistan is believed to have 35 to 40 warheads. The United States currently possesses about 2,000 nuclear warheads and more then 1,000 tactical nukes. Russia, as well as the United States, is cutting back on nuclear warheads and currently possess around 2,000 and 8,000 tactical nukes. Israel is the only country in the Middle East to have a nuclear arsenal. It has 100 to 200 nuclear weapons that can be delivered by plane or by missile. It is believed that Iraq is developing nuclear weapons; however, there is no confirmed evidence of nuclear development since weapons inspections have not taken place since 1998.”

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