Friday, April 8, 2011

War and Ethics: where do we draw the line and should there even be a line

Are any methods of killing humans in war morally wrong?

158 countries thought so.Convinced that bio-warfare is repugnant to the conscience of mankind, they were parties and signatories to the convention entered in force on March 26, 1975 
Leaks have shown that some signatories flouted the convention before the ink had time to dry. As early as 1979, the former Soviet Union was carrying out research into the military use of Anthrax and in 1995, Iraq disclosed that  they had stockpiles of Antrax, Botulinum toxin and Aflatoxin for use as weapons. And there is plenty more evidence to show research into the offensive use of biological weapons persists. 
Five countries with developed biological warfare technology are suspected of sponsoring international terrorism.  To date, there is no evidence that any of these states have provided the technology to terrorist organization but the possibility is one of the most urgent problems that confronts world stability. For instance, in a densely populated city, it would only take a few individuals in key locations to infect a large percentage of the population,  resulting in  massive social and political chaos.

The risk of a terrorist organization or rogue state using a biological agent to coerce governments is all too probable. And if there is  no hope of eliminating this threat what other option is there than to develop bio-warfare weapons?  George Washington  is quoted as saying:'To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual ways of preserving peace.'  Maybe he had a point after all nobody picks on the tough guys.   
Ann Massey
Author of:
The White Amah, a mystery set against the backdrop of the timber logging industry in Malaysia. Sample or purchase:
The Biocide Conspiracy, a Young Adult thriller that sweeps readers into the world of biowarfare. Sample or purchase;

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