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Changing War: Analysis Of Wars In The 21st Century

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War in the 21st Century is viewed differently as opposed to previous wars. The use of media forms such as television and radio has helped put the minds of Americans at ease as our country fights in battles. With the help of technology and restrictions on war such as banning the use of inhumane ways of defense, Americans view war a little more calmly than our ancestors hundreds of years ago. The advancement of technology has led to more information given about wars being fought today and the use of chemical and biological weapons in previous wars has led to regulations which has all contributed in helping. The efforts of advancing technology combined with the restrictions of biological and chemical as well as nuclear weapons has helped ease the minds of Americans as their country faces present and future wars. Biological weapons were widely used until and through World War II. Biological weapons include anthrax, botulism, and small pox. The most common biological weapon known to Americans is anthrax. It is most commonly known because it was used following the attacks on September 11, 2001. During this time anthrax was a popular topic on the news each night which gave viewers a better understanding of the dangerous biological weapon. Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium. The spore produces a toxin that can be fatal. It can be ingested or inhaled. Four years ago anthrax was found in several packages at post offices. On October 4, 2001 the first case of anthrax infection in Florida was revealed. Letters containing the statement, "You can not stop us. We have this anthrax. You die now. Are you afraid? Death to America. Death to Israel. Allah is great." It was thought that Iraq was involved and on October 14, 2001 this statement was made, "They aren't making this stuff in caves in Afghanistan. 'This is prima facie evidence of the involvement of a state intelligence agency. Maybe Iran has the capability. But it doesn't look likely politically. That leaves Iraq." Due to the fatal side affects of anthrax, many businesses were immediately shut down after traces were found. The placing of anthrax in postal packages was soon linked to terrorists. Anthrax is most common in South and Central America, the Middle East and Asia. Small pox, another biological weapon and although vaccinations are given thought the world as a prevention of it, there was one case reported in 1977 in Somalia. Researchers are still concerned because they believe that it could potentially be used as a biological weapon. Botulism is among the most lethal substances known and can be fatal within twenty-four hours. Sulfur mustard, sarin, and hydrogen cyanide are just a few examples of chemical weapons. Sulfur mustard gas was most popular during World War I and is a colorless, odorless liquid when at room temperature causes blistering of the skin. It can cause conjunctivitis and blindness and if inhaled it attacks the respiratory...

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