Chemical weapons have been around since the beginning of written history. When the bow and arrow was invented, its users were quick to realize the efficacy of covering the arrow in toxins, thereby doing greater harm to their adversaries. But since then, chemical weapons have come to be classified as Weapons of Mass Destruction, capable of doing great harm to large numbers of people.
From World War I to the Iraq War, and in numerous conflicts around the world, chemical weapons have been used against armies and civilians alike. Their terror has even led to international disarmament talks in an era when most countries won’t relinquish their nuclear weapons.
In our next feature, the Collie will investigate chemical warfare from its first industrialized use until its most recent appearance at Khan Shaykhun, Syria. The history of these weapons is so riddled with horror and death, enough so that in many cases they are officially designated as WMDs.