CURRENT EVENTS AND
[As the new millennium approaches, we face the very real and increasing prospect that regional aggressors, third-rate armies, terrorist groups and even religious cults will seek to wield disproportionate power by acquiring and using [weapons of mass destruction].] Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen, 1997
Most national governments want the research into and the production of chemical and biological weapons stopped and all stockpiles destroyed; therefore, efforts have been made over the years to control the production and use of chemical and biological weapons. The problem remains, however, that as long as there are benefits to be gained by using chemical and biological weapons, and as long as any nation suspects other nations of secretly producing and stockpiling them, the race to develop them will probably continue.
Several international conferences over the last century have attempted to set boundaries concerning warfare. For instance, approximately a hundred years ago, the First Hague Conference (1899) and the Second Hague Conference (1907) held in The Netherlands were called by Russia for the purpose of setting certain rules of war. Neither conference