09 July 2012
Was Yasser Arafat Murdered? Who Cares.
The news world is all abuzz with the possibility that "Palestinian" leader Yasser Arafat was murdered.
The big story was broken by the most "trustworthy" of sources... al-Jazeera, a news network sometimes known for its terrorist ties.
Al-Jazeera's investigation into Arafat's death has revealed that his clothing has traces of the radioactive material polonium-210, suggesting that radioactive poisoning led to his death. Now the questions are flying... how could this happen? Who could be responsible for his death?
I have my own questions.
1. Why did al-Jazeera decide now, eight years after Arafat's death, to test his clothing?
2. If Arafat was truly murdered - who really cares? Aren't terrorists supposed to be targeted and killed?
Yasser Arafat created the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1964. Three years before the Israeli "occupation" of Judea/Samaria (West Bank) and the Gaza Strip. If the PLO was formed three years in advance of the occupation - where was this 'Palestine' that he was hoping to liberate?
That would obviously be the State of Israel - Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem (the western half), Be'er Sheba included. We can see the map (above) of Israel included in the PLO emblem, not just the "occupied" parts, answering our question. Of course, Jordan, the eastern half of Palestine under the British Mandate was ignored. Only the Jewish presence in the Land needed to be murdered and expelled.
Yasser Arafat was a murderer of Americans as well as Israelis. Unarmed men, women and children were targets of this "liberation" movement. School buses were deemed legitimate targets. Olympics athletes as well.
In later years, Arafat supposedly became a man of "peace" - but one who spoke of war in Arabic to his brothers, and of peace to the Western media.
Yasser Arafat was a murderer, plain and simple, of hundreds of innocents. Whether or not he was targeted doesn't much matter. The only question that matters now is why he wasn't killed sooner.
Posted by Shira at 12:28 AM
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This comment was posted elsewhere by a friend:
Polonium 210 would be awful hard to detect, after 8 years. The damned half-life of the isotope is only about 100 days, afterwards which it decays into nonradioactive lead. So 24 half-lives. Two to the power of twentyfour is what computer nerds call 16 Mega, really it's a bit more than 16 million - so! There is less than one-16 millionth of any original Polonium 210 left, if there ever was any. Bad science. Bad demagogic news for the uneducated. Al-Jazeera - it's Fox News with a tan!
Humorous note - there are chemists who firmly believe that holding a low-powered Polonium 210 source at the neck of a flask while pouring a fine powder will keep static electricity down and make for a neater operation. This might even be true, if the source was fresh - but they hang around labs for years long until they haven't any detectable radioactivity at all. And even if they were fresh and hot, their radiation isn't powerful enough to penetrate glass. In practice, the Po210 source ends up being used as a handy weight to bang on the glass to help things pour - like the lead it usually has become at that point - it's funny to see it.
Checking his clothes is mostly silly anyway. Polonium 210 is only toxic if taken INTERNALLY. You could stuff your pillow with it and sleep tight, because as I said, the radiation doesn't penetrate.
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