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American Sniper - Definition off Mass Destruction

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:15 pm
by Lightening Bug
I've just finished reading American Sniper by Chris Kyle. He provides an unusual look into the Iraq war. I learned a lot about about the war and some of the decisions that impacted the soldiers and what they were or were not allowed to do. His view is he was a patriot sent there to protect Americans and he didn't give a hoot and a holler about the Iraqis.

Two points he made about the war. One is many of the insurgents used various drugs in order to fight fiercely. And some of the drugs made it harder to stop them. Second, the definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction was changed or is being defined differently. It is being applied to nuclear devices and doesn't include the broader description initially used. He said there were times the soldiers discovered barrels of chemicals that could be used to make chemical weapons.

So perhaps what the media has said about WMD's is too limited.

Quote from the article below -

The term “weapons of mass destruction” (WMD) was first expressly defined by the United Nations in 1948 as “atomic explosive weapons, radioactive material weapons, lethal chemical and biological weapons, and any weapons developed in the future which have characteristics comparable in destructive effect to those of the atomic bomb or other weapons mentioned above” (Defining “Weapons of Mass Destruction” [2012], p. 5). The UN Commission on Conventional Armaments that developed the definition sought to distinguish these weapons—which, in its judgement, had the capacity to cause destruction and wreak havoc to a degree heretofore unprecedented in military history—from the “conventional” ballistic and explosive weapons of regular armed forces.


http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199743292/obo-9780199743292-0221.xml

So what do you think has the definition become more limited than it should be?

Just wondering.

Take care and be well. :D