The chains that bind?
With varying degrees of success, in the past attempts have been made to signal out crossbows, firearms and poisons as deplorable options.! At the start of the twenty-first century, through their actions and statements, many governments have reinforced long standing claims made by a wide range of social groups that chemical and biological weapons are abhorrent and unacceptable. That some might use, proliferate, possess or be suspected of possessing such indiscriminate and deadly 'weapons of mass destruction' (WMD) can, at least on some occasions. lead to a significant response in the international community of states.