Unit I Article Review WMD

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During World War I, nearly 40% of all casualties were caused
by machine-gun fire. Some historians describe the effect of the machine gun as
a weapon of mass destruction (WMD). Paul Farhi (2003), in “The Soothing Sound
of Fighting Words” in The Washington Post, cited a quote by historian Paul
Fussell on the subject: “A machine gun, properly fired, is a weapon of mass
destruction. We’re pretending that only awful and sinister people own weapons
of mass destruction. We own them, too. We just call them something else” (para.
18). However, history has proven that a weapon in the hands of a well-trained
sniper can cause numerous deaths and casualties. Fully automatic firearms or
semiautomatic firearms can indeed inflict mass destruction, but are not
classified by the FBI as WMD . Numerous forms of WMD were used throughout WWII
even though no country resorted to chemical warfare, short of tear gas. Such
WMD ranged from grenades, mines, artillery, and bombs to the attacks against
Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Access the CSU Online Library or an outside source, and
locate a scholarly journal article on the use of WMD during World War II. Using
APA format, write a two-page paper summarizing the use, implications, and
repercussions (i.e., side effects, sociological effects, or political effects)
of the WMD. Within your paper, you must address if any of the uses of WMD may
be considered acts of terrorism. (Remember that terrorism is an act against any
nonmilitary target that is meant to evoke political change.) Additionally, you
must address what actions could have been taken by either side in WWII to develop
counteraction strategies that would have prevented the attack or would have
minimized the impact of the attack. In your conclusion, please provide a
summary of your findings, and include an analysis of the impact of the specific
WMD introduced in your paper along with how that WMD contrasts to probable
future terrorist attacks.


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