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18 Horrifying Weapons the Entire World Banned From Being Used in Warfare

18 Horrifying Weapons the Entire World Banned From Being Used in Warfare

You would think that in war all is fair game but the truth is there are "rules." In fact, some of the most horrifying and devastating weapons ever created and used have been globally banned from warfare due to the astronomical pain and destruction they've caused. For a world of countries not getting along, you know these weapons have to be horrible for everyone to unanimously agree they can't be used!

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Though truthfully, when you read all the horrifying details about why these weapons have been globally banned from warfare, you won't hesitate to agree!

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1. Plastic Landmines

As far as effectiveness goes plastic landmines are no more or less dangerous than metal ones but they're banned for a variety of reasons directly related to their plastic composition. One reason is that they're much harder to be detected during times of peace and the other reason is because they cannot be detected by x-rays so doctors cannot properly treat patients devastated by these mines.

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2. Mustard Gas

Mustard gas (named for it's brown color) is a devastating chemical weapon that originated in WW1. It was used at the time to clear trenches and has been banned because of the horrifying way victims die. The gas causes the victim's lungs to fill with fluid leading to a terrifying death that can only be described as drowning on dry land.

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3. Nerve Gas

Nerve gasses come in a wide variety, each with their own name but every single one is banned by both Hague and Geneva. These devastating gasses short-circuit your nervous system leading to muscle spasms, fits, blisters, and internal bleeding.

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4. Balloon Bombs

Balloon Bombs were banned after the Third Hague Peace Conference when the Japanese successfully sent them to the US. They were sent to Oregon intended to cause forest fires but instead a Sunday school teacher and 5 children were killed. They were largely banned due to their unpredictable nature.

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5. Phosgene Gas

As famous as Mustard Gas is, it was actually Phosgene Gas that caused 85% of the chemical weapons deaths in World War 1. This horrifying gas is both odorless and colorless and creates absolute chaos in the victim's lungs by damaging proteins that allow them to exchange oxygen.

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6. Microwave Lasers

In case you didn't know these existed, it's true that microwave technology has been weaponized and quickly banned. Why? Because instead of a quick and simple death it will just slowly cook an enemy. That's some pretty horrifying torture!

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7. Landmines that do NOT self-destruct

The problem of landmines that can be detonated decades after peace has been achieved has been a problem as recently as 2013 when 111 Cambodians detonated landmines that were around 40 years old. As of 1980, landmines must be equipped with a timer to render themselves harmless.

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8. Biological Warfare

Bio weapons is a pretty broad term but it's a simple concept. It's unanimously agreed upon that you cannot use diseases as weapons.

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9. Spike Pits

This concept has existed for centuries but became particularly popular during the Vietnam War. As if accidentally landing on a pit of spikes wasn't horrible enough, enemies would smear the spikes with fecal matter which would cause toxic shock in the victims who were already slowly dying in most cases.

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10. Tear Gas

This one may surprise you because tear gas is used by police on protestors (yep, even peaceful ones) and is non-lethal. However, because it is classified the same as other more dangerous chemical weapons it is banned by the Hague.

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11. Salted Bombs

Salted bombs are similar to dirty bombs because they exist pretty much to create radiation and render areas uninhabitable. Their ability to create permanent damage to the Earth earns them a ban.

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12. Flamethrowers

Technically, flamethrowers are allowed on open battlefields. However, they are banned in civilian areas due to their propensity for damage and inability to be properly “aimed.”

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13. Napalm

Napalm is a burning agent which is used to clear out "vast expanses," particularly during Vietnam. However, similar to the rules with flamethrowers, napalm is banned in forests or anywhere near civilians.

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14. "Blinding" Lasers

Most lasers are fair game but lasers that are capable of permanently blinding enemies are banned.

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15. Poisonous Bullets

Today's bullets are pretty effective but they haven't always been. Not only were early guns less powerful but they were not very effective so fighters would spike their bullets with poison. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the poison took too long to kill which made them ineffective on the battle field (and a horrible way to slowly die after surviving battle.) They've been mostly banned for a very long time, however. The bans date back to 1675 in the Strasbourg Agreement.

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16. Dirty Bombs

Dirty bombs are bombs with residual radioactivity following detonation. However, since the winner of a war can’t occupy a radioactive site they aren't very productive in general. On top of that, governments could use the materials for a full-on nuclear weapon, and nobody wants that.

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17. Unexploding Bombs

Classified as "explosive remnants of war," these banned weapons go back to the 1990s, when Middle Eastern fighters were using old Soviet-era ordinances to make new IEDs.

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18. Bat Bombs

No, I'm not joking. The United States planned to mount bats with napalm-like explosive in the hopes that they would roost under the roofs of Japanese homes and burn down cities. However, this was only tested and never used. It still ended up banned.

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