Dioxin Poisoning for Yushchenko

Via OpinionJournal's “Best of the Web” we find that Viktor Yushchenko, a popular candidate for President in the Ukraine who I think we would have preferred to Putin's puppet Viktor Yanukovych, had been poisoned and was giving a Dioxin count six thousand times the normal amount.

Putting Dioxin in your borscht will give you cancer and disfigure your face but Yushchenko will likely recover.

The reformist candidate… first fell ill after having dinner with Ukrainian Security Service chief Ihor Smeshko and his deputy Volodymyr Satsyuk on Sept. 5. He reported having a headache about three hours after the dinner, and by the next day had developed an acute stomachache.
He later reported pancreatitis and gastrointestinal pain, as well as backache. He also suffered partial nerve paralysis in his face and an inflammation of one inner ear.
About three weeks after his first symptoms, he developed the rough, acne-like rash on his face which is the hallmark of dioxin poisoning.
“It was very late before the rash started to develop, so if he had died it would have been a mystery illness of his pancreas, his liver or his gut and they would have said maybe it's some rare bug thing,” said John Henry, a toxicologist at London's Imperial College. “He would have died within a few days and nobody would ever, ever have thought of dioxins.”

Ouch. I think I prefer protests and lawyers to poisoning. I'm glad things here haven't developed such nastiness.

Even so, Christine Gregoire is content to cheat Dino Rossi, but won't stoop to murder him.

Josh Poulson

Posted Wednesday, Dec 15 2004 12:48 PM

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