truth is, biological and chemical weapons are
terrifying because they are so hard to defend
against. Soldiers in a rich country's army can
improve their chances of survival with hi-tec
equipment and relentless training. The British
have invented a new anthrax vaccine since the
Gulf War (which is only fair, since they worked
so hard to develop anthrax in the first place).
NBC suits, NAPS tablets and Atropine injections
used by highly trained troops will reduce the
numbers killed in a nerve gas attack.
But what if you're an Iraqi who just
happens to live next door to an office block
where your government has been storing nerve gas
in the basement? What do you do when the
Americans bomb the building and crack the vats so
the gas leaks out? What if you're an Indian
migrant worker in Kuwait when Saddam fires a
short-range missile loaded with anthrax at US
You probably die.