Article says U.S. should follow biological weapons ban

A recent column from Bulletin states that following the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) is in the United States' best interest for national and international security.

This comes in response to another column published by the website that claimed biological weapons could provide a viable alternatives to nuclear weapons and eliminate risks of nuclear fallout and devastation.

Author Gigi Kwik Gronvall said if the BWC were to be revoked, it could have devastating implications as severe as those posed by nuclear weapons. With current technology and scientific knowledge, biological weapons could be developed rapidly with even non-contagious biological agents proving lethal to many people. He also said weapons developed with today's technology would be more lethal than those explored prior to the BWC's existence.

If the U.S. were to consider development of such arsenals, they would be violating international laws and would leave the country less secure, the author states.

Prior to the BWC taking effect in 1975, both the U.S. and the United Kingdom tested anthrax-based weapons. The test conducted by the U.K. on Gruinard Island left the area unsafe for habitation for 48 years and tests done by the U.S. in 1968 on aerosolized anthrax infected monkeys 50 miles from the testing site.

Gronvall calls for the strengthening the BWC and continuing to work toward peaceful deterrent methods.