Chemical Biological Weapons

characteristics of weapon

  • quick
  • cheap
  • evokes fear of long term effects
  • blankets an entire area
  • produces a particular kind of fear because one is defenseless against the gas (loss of control)


  • the Iraqis had neither the time, the money nor the capacity to fight a war and an insurgency at the same time.
  • Demonstration effect was significant
  • voluntary evacuations inspired by fear of gas cut off the support base for insurgents
  • there are no civilians in war
  • the iranian soldiers were mixed in with Kurds
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