10 Illegal Weapons of War

July 29, 2019

war is hell but some weapons of war make it even worse to that end the international community is attempted to curtail the use of the most heinous weapons in existence the trouble is that there are so many different treaties banning the most destructive weapons of war and many different countries simply have not signed these treaties these are ten illegal weapons of war strangely enough there is no international law that specifically bans the most destructive and undiscriminating weapon of war the nuclear bomb treaties such as the strategic arms limitations treaties and the non-proliferation treaty limit which nations can possess nuclear weapons but nothing under international law can stop their use however there have been inquiries into whether the use of nuclear weapons violates other treaties such as treaties that generally restrict the use of weapons which cause mass civilian casualties even those debates however are ongoing and inconclusive in part due to the influence of countries that possess nuclear weapons still nuclear weapons and their use are banned in all but spirit the issue of landmines in war has resulted in an incalculable amount of human suffering and international deadlock there has been a protracted battle in international courts to ban anti-personnel landmines which the Ottawa treaty of 1997 does prohibit but the United States is one of 35 countries to not sign the Ottawa treaty however landmines used by the United States Army self-detonate after a short amount of time so they are never left behind after US forces have ceased operations in an area normal land mines however posed long-term threats to local civilians because active mines can lurk beneath the surface for decades after a conflict has ended it has been calculated that abandoned minefields have killed or crippled more than a million civilians over the past century the sad thing is that the Ottawa treaty does not cover the use of antique mine's but these only pose a threat to civilian vehicles as the weight of a person could not trigger an anti-tank mine either way international treaties on landmines are far from comprehensive in scope and in the reach what's worse than stepping on a landmine stepping on a landmine being rushed to a hospital and then learning that the doctors trying to save your life can't find the deadly shrapnel lodged in your body even with x-ray imaging explosives with plastic fragments have been banned because they make it impossible for even the most experienced doctors to save the lives of their victims stepping on a plastic fragmentation landmine is an almost guaranteed death sentence and the United Nations Convention on certain conventional weapons thankfully classifies the use of these insidious weapons as a crime against humanity the very first treaty on the use of firearms while they were still in their most primitive form was the 1675 Strasberg agreement which prohibited the use of poison bullets you would wonder why this treaty was a necessity as the purpose of rounds fired from a gun is that they are intended to kill an enemy without the use of elaborate poisons early firearms weren't terribly accurate so armies in both Asia and Europe would cover bullets in poison or hazardous biological substances such as a rotting carcass to increase the chance of a successful hit resulting in a fatality this centuries-old ban on poison rounds is still in effect to this day mustard gas is practically synonymous with illegal weapons of war use liberally by both sides in the First World War this heavier-than-air gas would cling to the ground after it was deployed flooding in trenches filled with enemy soldiers victims of mustard gas would have their lungs filled with fluid effectively drowning them survivors of mustard gas would face severe burns to expose skin on their bodies and faces as well as potential blindness treaties signed after the First World War banned the use of all chemical weapons including mustard gas strangely enough though chemical weapons been banned by the hague conventions of 1899 and 1907 however both the Allies and the Central Powers chose to ignore the ban during World War one for the most part militaries around the world have kept their promise to never use mustard gas non-state actors such as Islamic state militants and Sudanese insurgents on the other hand have used mustard gas against their enemies on multiple occasions in recent years the International ban against chemical weapons extends to riot control agents such as tear gas and pepper gas as well even though these chemical agents are non-lethal they do impede the ability to breathe which is used as a litmus test to determine whether or not a weapon is a prohibited chemical weapon as with hollow-point bullets there is no limit on the use of these agents outside of the battlefield this ironically means that tear gas and pepper sprays cannot be used against Islamic state militants as that would be a violation of their human rights but is perfectly acceptable to deploy against peaceful civilian demonstrators in Western nations fear of agents also fall under the category of chemical weapons and are thus outlawed by international treaty these toxins cripple a targets nervous system so that it is unable to send life-sustaining signals to their body if you were ever exposed to a nerve agent you would first develop a runny nose and tightness in your chest soon after you would have difficulty breathing as you lost control of your bodily functions you would involuntarily salivate and vomit death would finally come after this point but only thanks to a complete respiratory failure the effects of nerve agents are long-lasting and increase with continued exposure survivors of nerve agent poisoning almost invariably suffer chronic neurological damage soren is the most well known of the nerve agents but the lesser known venomous Agent X or VX is by far the most deadly ten milligrams the equivalent of several grains of sand ingested or absorbed through the skin is to kill a person unsurprisingly using nerve agents in any conflict is a serious war crime the deliberate spreading of deadly infectious diseases is also banned by international trees if two nations were to ever find themselves in a conflict the international community and other neutral countries would prefer precision when conducting military operations so that collateral damage is minimized chemical and biological weapons are contrary to that expectation once a target has been infected with a deadly disease it is difficult if not impossible to control how that disease will spread to other countries the international community's greatest fear is that an out-of-control contagion could easily spread into civilian areas even if they were not the original target these rules of war had been around hundreds of years earlier you might have seen medieval generals charged with war crimes as one siege tactic was to catapult rotting carcasses into a besieged castle to spread disease among its defenders the Empire of Japan was the most recent state actor to violate this convention of war as they frequently use biological weapons against the Chinese and even once attempted to send over strains of the bubonic plague to the continental United States through the use of balloons while flamethrowers are technically a banned weapon of war this ban is only a partial one legally countries can still use flamethrowers on military personnel from foreign armies what they can't do is use flamethrowers against civilians or in areas where civilians are likely to be affected many countries including the United States have voluntarily ended the use of flamethrowers due to the horrendous damage they can inflict burning to death is widely considered an inhumane way to die so many nations have joined the United States in the sentiment other nations such as North Korea continued to use flamethrowers with little consequence is even reported that the flamethrower is a preferred method of execution in North Korea which is in clear violation of international law so The Hague Convention of 1899 outlawed the use of hollow-point bullets in a time many of us didn't even know hollow-point bullets existed hollow-point bullets are designed to inflict the maximum amount of damage inside a human body how this works is that hollow-point bullets expand and often a remain inside the target's body causing fatal internal injuries as with some of the other items on this list international laws apply only to acts of war each country is free to make its own laws regarding the use of hollow-point bullets for target shooting home protection police actions and more for more top lists just like this be sure to leave a like and subscribe if you haven't already and don't forget to check out our other lists and thanks for watching and thanks for learning


  • Reply Brandon Cadd July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    10 and 9 are not illegal both mines and nukes are perfectly legal

    Edit1 neither is 2 as you said it IS illegal to use it in a civilized area but otherwise is completely legal and is completely legal to use in executions even though it is inhumane

  • Reply Nic Rootes July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    clickbait bs …no knife as seen in thumbnail

  • Reply Susie Long July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    "Peaceful Civilian Demonstrators? Like Antifa?
    Where is the really sweet looking Blade on the clickbait picture?

  • Reply Seikoto 30 July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    What’s the point of a war? To resolve or continue a problem. Why in the absolute fuck do we need rules about what to and not use in warfare? The nuclear stuff I see why, but everything else is bullshit.

  • Reply Roger Clements July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    The hollow point thing is false,their designed so that instead of shooting an attacker along with three other people behind him you only kill the attacker

  • Reply FreeformBlock58 July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    First weapon is a cyclone knife as it stabs it rotates and creates a hole of pulled out which is very hard it’s like pulling a corkscrew out of a cork almost impossible

  • Reply OH NO July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Misleading piece of shit!

  • Reply KAAN YT 2003 July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    5:10 wtf??

  • Reply Enzo Tatsuro July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    all is fair in love and war

  • Reply Snickers July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    hollow points are also intended to stay inside the target, decreasing the chance of hitting an unintentional victim who's standing behind

  • Reply Agentrex900 July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    What about napalm? You forget about napalm

  • Reply Gestapokemon Pitler July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    There's no such word as illegal when it comes to war. At least to the enemies

  • Reply Chris Hershey July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    War has no laws. A treaty is a treaty and doesn't mean shit

  • Reply Gediminas Jesinas July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Hunting should be also illegal

  • Reply E DubZ July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Hilarious the number 1 banned weapon of war so brutal and inhumane its universally banned so bad you wouldn't subject your worse enemy to, is completely accepted and widely used as standard equipment for everyday routine situations by every peace officer in the entire US against its citizens. To horrific to dare use against your mortal enemy intent on killing your entire population and the total annihilation of your home and country. The perfect tool for uphold justice and maintain civility on our neighbors and local citizens.

  • Reply E DubZ July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    No such thing as banned weapons of war. These lists and treaties are only weapons that the current few superpowers restrict all other weaker nations or groups to posses as an additional way to ensure their superiority.

  • Reply David Grabenschroer July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm


  • Reply Aussie Talks July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    My great grandfather fought in the First World War he was fighting in passandale when his friend was being treated because he had trench foot so he tried to convince the generals to let him go home which didn’t go to well so he made a promise to his friend that he would get them home 3 months later near the end of the battle around October my great grandfather was shot and wounded in the trench as other people around tried to stop the bleeding the Germans shot out mustard gas into the trench so everyone had to ditch my great grandfather who was left to die his friend made it home after the war he lost his foot my great grandfather was only 24 1894-1917

  • Reply The Hello World Kitten 22 July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    what about plastic landmines? They can't be found with a metal detector.

  • Reply Comrade Dimitri Petrenko Spetsnaz July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    those weapons are so overpowered international law be like nope these are too overpowered

  • Reply When Gamer July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Why is it illegal its a WAR!

  • Reply 《《HAIL NATIONALISM》》 July 29, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Warlaws was just useless did you think the superpowers will care about this rules they will still use those banned guns because its a war and war isn't a game like basketball or football have rules like no traveling or etc.war was not controlable

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