"The general and traditional definition of a chemical weapon is a toxic chemical contained in a delivery system, such as a bomb or shell."
Chemical warfare :
"Warfare and associated military operations involving the employment of lethal and incapacitating munitions and agents, typically poisons, contaminants, and irritants."
- "(Military) warfare in which chemicals other than explosives are used as weapons, esp warfare using asphyxiating or nerve gases, poisons, defoliants, etc."
- "warfare with asphyxiating, poisonous, or corrosive gases, oil flames, etc."
A chemical weapon (CW) "is a device that uses chemicals formulated to inflict death or harm to human beings.
They may be classified as weapons of mass destruction though are separate from biological weapons (diseases), nuclear weapons and radiological weapons (which use radioactive decay of elements).
Chemical weapons can be widely dispersed in gas, liquid and solid forms and may easily afflict others than the intended targets.
Nerve gas and tear gas are two modern examples."
Which countries have nuclear weapons? - 26 September 2013
"As the United Nations discusses the prevention of nuclear proliferation, we look at which countries have nuclear weapons and how were they developed."
How weapons inspectors try to get to the truth - 25 September 2013
"A team of weapons inspectors will return to Damascus on Wednesday following Syria's pledge to give up its chemical arsenal.
The last time they were in the country they were shot at as they tried to gather evidence. What does it take to be a weapons inspector?" + Chemical attacks
+ Why chemical weapons provoke outrage (article + audio)
Germany Sold Syria Chemicals, Government Admits - 18 September /2013
"Germany exported 111 tonnes of chemicals to Syria between 2002 and 2006 that could be used in the production of sarin gas,
according to a government document published on Wednesday...
The chemicals... are classified as "dual use" under European Union law, meaning they can be used for either civil or military purposes."
Ten things about the Chemical Weapons Convention- 13 September 2013
"The 16-year-old Chemical Weapons Convention has been in the spotlight since Syria decided to join in an apparent bid to avoid US-led military intervention over the government's alleged use of chemical weapons. But here are some lesser known facts about the origins of the treaty, whom it covers, what it covers - and who has complied with its obligations."
U.S. Is Said to Plan to Send Weapons to Syrian Rebels - June 13, 2013
"The Obama administration, concluding that the troops of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria have used chemical weapons against rebel forces in his country’s civil war, has decided to begin supplying the rebels for the first time with small arms and ammunition, according to American officials."
Syria says it will destroy chemical weapons (September 21, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO "The president of Syria, Bashar al-Assad, has said he will follow a plan to destroy his country's chemical weapons.
He told reporters from Fox News that it might take one year to do this." (breakingnewsenglish.com)
Bio-Chemical Weaponry - Lesson plan + Video clips + Interactive(Weapons Testing Lab)
"Students are introduced to a mysterious murder that was the result of a potential weapon of biochemical warfare.
They are then assigned to work as "advisors to the White House" as they investigate and report on other agents of possible mass destruction."
Estimated class time :
"At least two class periods, one for introduction and one for presentation. Research time, based on students' levels and abilities."
Lesson Plan: Using Chemical and Biological Weapons
"Duration : 1 to 2 lessons
Purpose : To identify arguments for and against using weapons of mass destruction
Summary : Working in groups, students prepare a position paper about, then discuss, the use of chemical and biological weapons in the Gulf War."
Lesson H-UIII-L3: Sarin Nerve Agent Attacks: Chemical Weapons of Mass Destruction Time: 45–60 minutes
"Students learn about the sarin gas attack on the Tokyo, Japan Metro in 1995 by the Aum Shinrikyo. They explore and answer critical thinking questions about the fear caused by use of chemical weapons, the motivations of the Aum Shinrikyo, the government responses and the reactions of the public, and the long-term effect on the victims (physical, emotional, and psychological). Students also study the status of the Aum Shinrikyo organization today and the international laws and treaties governing production of chemical, nerve, and biological agents. (Grades 9–12)" Download.
Agent Orange: A Wartime Weapon or A Vietnam Veteran’s Worst Enemy?
"This series of lessons will examine the history of the United States’ use of Agent Orange in Southeast Asia during the time of the Vietnam conflict. Students will look at primary documents relating to the health effects caused by exposure to Agent Orange along with documents dealing with protests against the maker of the chemical. Grades 8-12"
Cartoon: Chemical Weapons
"This cartoon by Adams from The Daily Telegraph relates to the statement by a Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman, who said the government would never use chemical weapons against its own people, but would unleash them against what he called foreign invaders..." + LINKS
Chemical Warfareby Slayer:
"Frantic minds are terrified,
life lies in a grave
Silent death rides high above on the wings of revelation Multi death from chemicals, arrogance has won Annihilation must be swift, destroy without destruction..."