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Most of the literature on the possible terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction has focused on nuclear terrorism Scholars and the ordinary civilian are well aware of certain aspects of nuclear threat On the contrary comparatively little information can be acknowledged in the public regarding the possible use of chemical agents or warfare This has resulted in numerous publications by professional scholars on the subject of chemical terrorism and why terrorist might resort to such weaponry How much do we really have to know about this form of terrorism How realistic is chemical terrorism The first part of the paper will provide an answer to the severity and realness of chemical terrorism using a factual analysis and commentaries on a situation which occurred in the Tokyo subway system Furthermore it will briefly progress into the rippling effect that this crisis had on the rest of the world The second part of the paper will explain what factors or characteristics of chemical terrorism might incline terrorist such as Aum Shinri Kyo to their use or threat of use In other words why do some terrorist resort to chemical warfare Moreover what are some of the major concerns that the world faces in reaction to the proliferation of chemical terrorism Japan has long enjoyed the enviable reputation of being one of the safest nations in the world According to the Japanese Times the country has one of worlds lowest rates for murder and other violent crimes The Japanese National Police Agency and local Police forces are often praised as a model of efficient law enforcement Furthermore Tokyo enjoys one of the cleanest safest and most proficient subway networks in the world All that would change on March 20 1995 A nightmare unfolded as the city of Tokyo experienced one of the worst terrorist attacks of the century This is what many considered to be the first true case of the use of chemical agents
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