Swiss lab: Arafat ingested deadly polonium

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  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    Nov. 7, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    Hyrum, UT

    I took 10 minutes and read up on Polonium toxicity this morning after reading the article.

    1 gram of the stuff (about the size of BB) would be enough to kill 20 Million humans,
    so the amount needed to be lethal for one person would be 1/20,000,000 the size of a BB.
    and it has a very short half-life, decaying into common Lead in about 50-56 days.

    It is extremely rare, and can only be manufatured with someone having very sophisticated nuclear capabilities.

    Polonium doesn't kill the victim in and of itself,
    but rather, damages vital organs forcing them to shutdown.
    So an autopsy would conclude cause of death as liver or heart failure, ect. with the evidence morphing into an entirely different commmon element 1/20 millionth of a gram.

    Arafat died 10 years ago.
    So determining beyond reasonible doubt it was Polonium poisoning is
    - well -
    in doubt.

    Agreed -- Arafat had far more enemies than he ever had friends.

    Israel hated him (obviously),
    but the radical factions he came from hated him even more,
    they felt he'd become a traitor for trying to negotiate Peace with Israel.

  • Tators Hyrum, UT
    Nov. 7, 2013 9:42 a.m.

    A direct quote from this article from the director of the lab who conducted this study...
    "Was polonium the cause of the death for certain? The answer is no."

    Until a cause of death can be determined for certain, all else is speculative and would not carry legal weight in a world court.

    Another factor to consider... there were countries capable of poisoning Arafat with the agenda of making Isreal look culpable and getting blamed for it... assuming that was the cause of his death, which as per the quote above, cannot be ascertained for certain. There are radical Palestinian factions who want a war with Israel and would (will) go to extreme measures to obtain one.