Weapon of Mass Destruction


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Weapon of Mass Destruction

Any weapon designed to kill human beings in exceptionally large numbers. Examples include biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. International agreements limit the spread of these weapons and they are rarely used in practice. However, they remain a significant political risk in some parts of the world.
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Concern that smallpox virus may be used as a biological weapon of mass destruction has prompted calls for production of additional vaccine and new research into variola virus diagnostics and clinical interventions.
What the Alphabet Bomber failed to accomplish in the '70s--commit a major attack with a weapon of mass destruction and thereby usher in a new age of terrorism--the Japanese religious cult Aum Shinryko succeeded in doing in the '90s.
And note the peculiar reasoning: The United States so objects to Iraq having weapons of mass destruction that Washington will use the ultimate weapon of mass destruction to prove it.

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