Weapons of Mass Destruction
This is a brief intro to the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapns) By toxic chemical they mean “any chemical which through its chemical action can cause death, temporary incapacitation or permanent harm to humans or animals”.
- Arsenic - After World War I the United States built up a stockpile of 20,000 tons of Lewisite; a chemical weapon composed with arsenic, acting as a vesicant (blister agent) and lung irritant. The stockpile was neutralized with bleach and dumped into the Gulf of Mexico after the 1950s. During the Vietnam War the United States used Agent Blue (a mixture of sodium cacodylate) and dimethyl arsenic acid (cacodylic acid) as one of the rainbow herbicides to deprive the Vietnamese of valuable crops.
- Blister agents, or vesicants, are one of the most common CW agents. These oily substances act via inhalation and contact with skin. They affect the eyes, respiratory tract, and skin, first as an irritant and then as a cell poison. Exposure to blister agents often results in blindness and permanent damage to the respiratory system.
- Blood agents interfere with the way that blood cells use and transport oxygen. A cyyanide group of chemicals that affect bodily functions by preventing the normal utilization of oxygen by body tissues. Hydrogen cyanide (HCN) and cyanogen chloride (CNCl) are the main CW agents in this class.
- Choking agents affect the victims' ability to breath and also have corrosive affects on the skin and eyes. Chlorine gas, used in World War II, is an example of a choking agent.
- Cyanide, Hydgogen cyanide was used as a genocidal agent during the Crimean War and in World War 11. It may have been used along with other chemical agents during the Iran/Iraq War.
- Nerve agents are highly toxic and work rapidly by affecting the way that nerve signals are transmitted through the body to the brain.
- Sarin, is a deadly nerve gas that kills in minutes. It was developed by Nazi scientists in 1938.The United States now says the Syrian regime has used against rebel forces.
- Zyklon B(Hydrogen cyanide) has high toxicity and in sufficient concentrations it rapidly leads to death. During the Second World War it was used in the Nazi gas chambers.
Beauty Treatment has properties that make it an ideal CW
Botox, which is short for botulinum toxin, is regularly injected in people's foreheads as a beauty treatment. Botulinum toxin poses a significant bioweapon threat "because of its extreme potency and lethality; ease of production and transport. Scientists define the toxicity of a chemical by something called an LD50, which is the dose of that chemical required to kill half a test population. The unit of measurement for LD50 is grams per kilogram of weight of an anima. Botulinum is the most deadly toxin on Earth.l
In The Biocide Conspiracy experiments into its use as a chemical weapon were conducted on the International Space Station. If you'd like to know how a chemical used in beauty salons was turned into a military weapon click on the link below.