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Posted by bigjim-CA 2012-07-04 00:57||
#2 To confirm the theory that he was poisoned by polonium it would be necessary to exhume and analyse Arafat's remains, Bochud said.
Somehow, I doubt this will happen.
Posted by gorb 2012-07-04 01:02||
#3 C'mon, guys - it was just as experimental treatment for AIDS.
Didn't work, but worth a try, particularly on Arafart.
Posted by Barbara 2012-07-04 02:28||
#4 Polonium-210 (used in the Litvinienko assassination) has a half life of 139 days.
The decay product is stable Lead-206.
If the detected Polonium-210 traces stem from a poisoning in 2004 the initial concentration on Polonium was higher by a factor of at least ~100000.
Would a lethal, yet undetected dose administered in 2004 (to a high profile target) be distinguishable from background in 2012?
Is that plausible?
Posted by Spusolet Clunk9755 2012-07-04 05:15||
#5 Plausible has a completely different meaning in the Arab/Muslim world. Sort of like 'free thought' in American academia.
Posted by Procopius2k 2012-07-04 08:45||
#6 Pronounced, pole-in-a-nether.
Posted by swksvolFF 2012-07-04 08:57||
#7 A spokesman for the Institut de Radiophysique in Lausanne, Switzerland, where those items were analyzed, stressed that the "clinical symptoms described in Arafat's medical reports were not consistent with polonium-210 and that conclusions could not be drawn as to whether the Palestinian leader was poisoned or not", and that "the only way to confirm the findings would be to exhume Arafat's body to test it for polonium-210."
Posted by Frank G 2012-07-04 11:06||
#9 Arafat was poisoned?
Posted by Redneck Jim 2012-07-04 12:12||
#10 Games within games within games
Polonium has been used at least three times on expat Russians by the KGB.
This is a real head scratcher for me. If the KGB did off Arafat, what were they hoping to accomplish in his stead?
I can't find my conspiracy theorist cap and decoder ring so I need some help from everyone.
Posted by Bill Clinton 2012-07-04 14:03||
#11 I've always thought that the Mossad got to Arafat. Probably through some third-party intermediary who was in Arafat's trusted inner circle. But polonium poisoning - if this is even true - is a kinda dumb way of doing things. It was stupid for Putin to use the same method on Litvinenko. Putin wanted to make the point that he hated traitors, but polonium is traceable and rare. It's not exactly a low-signature way of killing someone.
The question is ... with Arafat gone, was Isreal really better off dealing with Hamas instead? I doubt it. Arafat may have been a pain in the a**, but he was a predictable pain in the a**. Hamas is a bigger problem.
Posted by Raider 2012-07-04 14:18||
#12 Might simply be the KGB hated him and once he's no longer useful, offed him. Remember what they did to the ones that kidnapped their Diplomat in Leb.
Posted by Silentbrick - Schlumberger Squishy Mud Division 2012-07-04 16:06||
#13 When you track down the dread Red Binder, you will know
Posted by Frank G 2012-07-04 16:23||
#14 Polonium can be easily obtained. Anyone could have done it. If the idea is even true.
Posted by gorb 2012-07-04 16:35||
#15 Ah. The Threeringnomicon.
Posted by Thing From Snowy Mountain 2012-07-04 16:38||
#16 There was a joy boy calling himself Polonium?
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2012-07-04 17:01||
#17 grom wins the thread! :-D
Posted by Barbara 2012-07-04 17:41||
#18 So that's what the Red-Binder was for, list of Boy-toys for the evening!
Posted by Charles 2012-07-04 18:37||