Changing War: Analysis of Wars in the 21st Century

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War in the 21st Century is viewed differently as opposed to previous wars. The use of media forms such as television and radio has helped put the minds of Americans at ease as our country fights in battles. With the help of technology and restrictions on war such as banning the use of inhumane ways of defense, Americans view war a little more calmly than our ancestors hundreds of years ago. The advancement of technology has led to more information given about wars being fought today and the use of chemical and biological weapons in previous wars has led to regulations which has all contributed in helping. The efforts of advancing technology combined with the restrictions of biological and chemical as well as nuclear weapons has helped ease the minds of Americans as their country faces present and future wars.

Biological weapons were widely used until and through World War II.

Biological weapons include anthrax, botulism, and small pox. The most common biological weapon known to Americans is anthrax. It is most commonly known because it was used following the attacks on September 11, 2001. During this time anthrax was a popular topic on the news each night which gave viewers a better understanding of the dangerous biological weapon. Anthrax is an acute infectious disease caused by the spore-forming bacterium. The spore produces a toxin that can be fatal. It can be ingested or inhaled. Four years ago anthrax was found in several packages at post offices. On October 4, 2001 the first case of anthrax infection in Florida was revealed. Letters containing the statement, "You can not stop us. We have this anthrax. You die now. Are you afraid? Death to America. Death to Israel. Allah is great." It was thought that Iraq was involved and on October 14,