Saturday, December 11, 2004

Extremely Dirty Politics

Yushchenko: Before and After

If you think the mud-slinging was bad during the recent election here in the States, that's nothing compared to what's been going on in the Ukraine during their current election for a new Prime Minister.
Mud-slinging? Try poisoning!

Viktor Yushchenko, the opposition candidate for the presidency of the Ukraine, has experienced a dramatic and horrifying illness - just within the past six months! The liberal reform candidate was ruggedly handsome and athletic as recently as this past August, but now his face is ravaged by scarring, and he suffers from back pain and multiple ulcers. How could such a thing happen?!

Many in the Yushchenko camp suspected the results could've come from dioxin poisoning. Dioxin is a super-toxic chemical that is second only to radioactive waste! Some have suspected that the poison could've been slipped into Yushchenko's soup earlier in the year during the campaign. Yushchenko initially won the November 21st election, which was annulled by the government's Supreme Court. The incumbent prime minister of the Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovitch, obviously is fighting a hard battle to keep his job!

Yanukovitch: "Mess with me?! Nyet!"

Just this week, doctors confirmed that indeed, Yushchenko blood tests showed high levels of dioxin in his blood, which appears to bear out his long-stated allegations that he was poisoned as part of a plot to kill him. His illness kept him out of the early stages of the campaign and left his face bloated and pocked. "There is no doubt," Dr Michael Zimpfer, president of the clinic where Yushchenko is undergoing treatment, told a news conference. "There were high concentrations of dioxin, most likely orally administered."

Zimpfer initially declined to comment on whether the dioxin could have been due to accidental poisoning or contamination and said it was a question for Ukrainian authorities. But he later said the hospital believed the poisoning had been deliberate.

"We suspect a cause triggered by a third party," he said. "It would be easy to administer in a soup that contains cream."

Yushchenko has accused Ukrainian authorities of poisoning him, but told reporters he does not want to talk further about the allegation until after the runoff vote has been rerun on Dec. 26.

"I don't want this factor to influence the election in some way — either as a plus or a minus," he said in Russian. "This question will require a great deal of time and serious investigation. Let us do it after the election — today is not the moment."

We live in a cruel and dangerous world.


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