The Bane of “inhumane” weapons and overkill: An overview of increasingly lethal arms and the inadequacy of regulatory controls

Science and Engineering Ethics 10 (4):667-692 (2004)
Abstract
Weapons of both defense and offense have grown steadily in their effectiveness—especially since the industrial revolution. The mass destruction of humanity, by parts or in whole, became reality with the advent of toxic agents founded on chemistry and biology or nuclear weapons derived from physics. The military’s new non-combat roles, combined with a quest for non-lethal weapons, may change the picture in regard to conventional defense establishments but are unlikely to deter bellicose tyrants or the new terrorists from using the unlimited potential of today’s and tomorrow’s arsenals. The author addresses the issues that are raised by this developing situation with the intent of seeking those ethics that will enable us to survive in a future and uncertain world.
Keywords poison gas  fire  nuclear weapons  lasers  microbiology  stealth
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