If used in numbers, atomic bombs not only can nullify any nation's military effort, but can demolish its social and economic structure and prevent their re-establishment for long periods of time. With such weapons, especially if employed in conjunction with other weapons of mass destruction such as pathogenic bacteria, it is quite possible to depopulate vast areas of the earth's surface, leaving only vestigial remnants of man's material works.
-Report of the Joint Chiefs of
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and psychological effects they produced would render the enemy’s attempts to resist useless. Also, the deliberate use of smallpox as a weapon against the Indians shows a clear understanding of the effects of biological weapons. The effects of such attacks show without a doubt, the deadly potential of biological weapons. Though biological weapons in use today may be more sophisticated due to advances in science, the means of delivery are very much the same.