What is your main conclusion from the chemical weapons use in Syria Essay Assignment

  1. What is your main conclusion from the chemical weapons use in Syria?
  2. Much research is done in private laboratories, rather than university or government facilities; von Braun, for example, joked he just wanted a “rich uncle” as a patron. Additionally, some scholars argue knowledge is “premoral” and that humans decide whether it is “moral” or “amoral” through use. Where do you think the responsibility lies for the science used throughout the class? The scientist? Politicians and the military? The public?
  3. Appel argues there is no “rational” distinction between ethnically neutral and ethnically-targeted weapons. Do you agree? Why or why not?
  4. Why does Habibzadeh argue economic sanctions can be a “weapon of mass destruction?” Do you agree? Why or why not?
  5. What other non-traditional “weapons” – like economic sanctions – do you think could qualify as WMD?
  6. What did you find most interesting about this week’s material?