CHEMICAL WEAPONS: MAN-MADE DESTROYERS OF LIFE

Journal of Applied Sciences and Development [JASD]

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Title CHEMICAL WEAPONS: MAN-MADE DESTROYERS OF LIFE
 
Creator Eneh, Onyenekenwa Cyprian
Ogbuefi-Chima, F.I.
 
Description Despite numerous international agreements in force with regard tochemical weapons, reparedness doctrine anticipates the potential for theirfuture use. Since World War I, when aerosol was used effectively onnumerous occasions by both sides to alter the outcome of battles, chemicalweapons continue to be used to inflict death or harm on human beings.They are man-made agents that use the toxic, rather than the explosive,properties of chemical substances, and have been classified as weapons ofmass destruction and "condemned by the civilised world". The Germansfirst opened canisters of chlorine and let the prevailing winds do thedissemination. Shortly thereafter, the French put phosgene in a projectileand this method became the principal means of delivery. In 1917, theGermans employed mustard shells for the first time and simultaneouslyattempted to use a solid particulate emetic, diphenyl chlorarsine, as amask breaker. Mustard, an insidious material, penetrates leather andfabrics and inflicts painful burns on the skin. The literature on chemicalweapons is scanty, fragmented and dated. This review is an attempt toharmonise and update the literature on chemical weapons. It covers themeaning, categories, instances of use, method of destructive action, and implications for development of chemical weapons. It recommends thatworld leaders should do away with chemical weapons and find alternativemeans of security and defense.
 
Publisher WELFARE AND INDUSTRIAL PROMOTIONS (WIPRO) INTERNATIONAL
 
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Date 2016-12-08
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://jasdevr.org/ej/index.php/jasd/article/view/23
 
Source Journal of Applied Sciences and Development (JASD); Vol 5, No 1 & 2 (2014)
2536-6939
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://jasdevr.org/ej/index.php/jasd/article/view/23/22
 
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