Viewpoint

November 26, 2015

Global terroism and chemical weapons

Following the ‘Paris Attack’ the United Nations, UN, Security Council unanimously adopted by resolution a France-drafted document urging UN members to “take all necessary measures” in the fight against Islamic State, IS. The UN resolution 2249 also condemned the recent attacks in Sousse, Tunisia and Ankara, Turkey.

The UN Security Council called on member states to “eradicate the safe haven” IS and other militant groups had established over parts of Iraq and Syria. The document also stresses that nations should “redouble and co-ordinate their efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist attacks”. However, it does not invoke the UN’s chapter VII(8) which gives specific legal authorisation for the use of force. France and Russia argued that military action is justified because of the right of countries to defend themselves.

This UN resolution will precipitate the ascendency of terrorism and it will stimulate its aggressive serpentine spread to all nooks and crannies of our world. And sequel to the current desire for the world to come together to launch a singular arrowhead against terrorism and terrorists, it will definitely make these murderous irritants to resort to the use of chemical, radiological and biological weapons to perpetrate their heinous crimes against our world.

But how ready is America, Russia, France, Britain, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Spain, Italy, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya, Cameroon, Niger, Chad, Egypt, Mali, Ethiopia, South-Sudan, Yemen, Eritrea, Somalia etc to cut off the tentacles of biological, radiological and chemical weapons when unleashed on them by IS, Al Qaeda, Shite, Sunni, Tijaniya, Quadariya, Boko Haram, Al Shabah, Hizbollah terrorists groups?

It is obvious to our world that these terrorists groups have the capabilities to produce and unleash chemical weapons on nations, precipitating global genocide. We have seen the unleashing of chemical weapons in Japan, Iraq, Iran, and Kuwait, etc. Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Syria, etc, are listed by the CIA as supporters of terrorism and are believed to possess chemical, radiological and biological weapons.

Nuclear, chemical and biological agents, as we have seen, are inherently terrorising. They evoke moral dread and visceral revulsion out of proportion to their lethality. The government of any country attacked with such weapons would have difficulty controlling the anarchical entropy and apocalyptic confusion such will cause. Because chemical and biological weapons are silent killers, an attack could occur at any time without warning.

The United States Office of Technology Assessment claims that many of the components of these agents are widely sold for industrial purposes. For example, thiodiglycol, an immediate precursor to mustard agent, is used to make ink for ball point.

All that is required to produce mustard from the material is simple acid that also is easy to obtain. Pathogens that could be used as crude biological weapons such as the common food poisons salmonella, shigella, and staphylococcus – are readily available at clinical microbiology laboratories. Terrorists     produce deadlier agents. Knowledge of microbiology and of its potential applications to weapons, is increasingly wide spread.

It is clear from the foregoing that chemical and biological weapons are easy to make and are already in the hands or domain of the terrorists. But without moral caution and qualms of conscience, the terrorists are the most likely to use them against perceived enemy nations.

The immediate and future use of chemical and biological weapons against some nations of our world stares us most glaringly on our faces.

The nations of our world must come together to share scientific and technological know-how and skills on how to protect our world and its peoples from the horrendous toxicity of chemical, biological and radiological weapons of mass destruction.

The Tabun, Sarin, Soman and mustard agents when unleashed on man, animals and crops, the consequences and impacts are too apocalyptic and Armageddon-like to behold. Indeed, a Global Holocaust. The world most come together now to forestall global terrorism and the use of chemical and biological weapons on man.

Chief Bobson Gbinije, founder, Mandate Against Poverty, wrote from Warri.