Video: Biological weapons. Application history
2023 Author: Seth Attwood | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 22:42
Exactly 45 years ago, on March 26, 1975, the international convention banning the development, stockpiling and use of biological weapons came into force. This convention was the first in history to completely prohibit a whole class of certain weapons. Let's remember the history of biological weapons, as well as what made a person think about its prohibition.
Biological weapons are pathogenic microorganisms or their spores, viruses, bacterial toxins that infect people and animals, intended for mass destruction of enemy personnel and population, farm animals, crops, contamination of food and water sources, as well as damage to certain types of military equipment and military materials. Biological weapons also include delivery vehicles for pathogenic microorganisms and animal vectors.
The earliest known example of the use of biological weapons occurred 2,500 years ago: the Assyrians infected the wells of their enemy with a rye fungus containing chemicals associated with LSD. Consuming contaminated water has resulted in mental confusion, hallucinations and, in some cases, death.
The facts of the use of biological weapons took place in the 20th century. So the Imperial Japanese Army, in World War II, conducted experiments to spray the bacteria of plague, cholera and anthrax in Manchuria, while conducting research on living people in laboratories.
Modern science does allow scientists to interfere with the genome of bacteria and produce new strains of viruses, "improving" some properties of diseases and reducing others. Scientists can, for example, increase the lethality of the disease and increase the mortality from it, while reducing the area of its spread. Precisely because man has advanced so far in his ability to arrange his own mass extermination, in 1975 the convention on the prohibition of the development and storage of biological weapons was adopted, which, fortunately, was signed by almost all world states. There are only a few countries on the sidelines that lack the ability to develop and produce biological weapons.
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Weapons of mass destruction are staggering in their proliferation and intimidating in their effectiveness. This also applies to biological weapons. That is why its use is prohibited by the provisions of the 1925 Geneva Convention. But before that, it was often used in conquest operations. Moreover, contrary to popular belief about the "youth" of biological weapons, the first cases of its use that have come down to us are more than a thousand years old
Indeed, humanity has managed to create biological weapons that can take many millions of lives in cases where the population does not have the means of protection and treatment, and the state does not have specialized civil and military units
Five days ago, the Spanish newspaper Publico published an article about the US testing of bacteriological weapons on its own citizens. According to the source, back in the 50s of the last century, tests were carried out on the African American population
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Since the Second World War, the United States has been continuously testing biological weapons over entire cities, both on its territory and in other states. In addition, they have already created a network of laboratories, like a missile defense system around Russia, only in the field of biological weapons