Image: The Skripals - a job well done!
Novichok: It all started in 1999 in Uzbekistan
Or did it? Read to the very end to find out.
New York Times, May 25, 1999:
U.S. and Uzbeks Agree on Chemical Arms Plant Cleanup
After the Soviet Union broke up, it became apparent that there was a Russian chemical lab in Uzbekistan that needed to be dismantled. Guess who helped dismantle it - the good old US of A.
Meanwhile, one of the Russian scientists made it crystal clear that there was no way anyone could survive a Novichok attack.
The National: ‘No antidote’ to Novichok so spy will die
Yet, wonder of wonders, two very useful Russians in the UK (now living in the US under new names?) miraculously survived.
An article in The Bell goes into much more detail:
So how can the recovery of the Skripals be accounted for? That was apparently a conundrum until an article by a medical doctor was posted online by a pay-as-you-go UK publishing firm with funding from an American institution known as: the National Institute on Drug Abuse [grant number K23DA044874 PRC) and K24DA037109 (EWB)
Dr. Peter Chai owes his new fame as a Novichok expert to both the UK and the US - and, of course, to CNN, which was happy to credit as if scientific proof what should only be categorized as an opinion piece:
Dr. Chai, a physician in the emergency department of a women's hospital, insists there is a cure for this type of poisoning, and that's supposedly why the Skripals are still alive.
But Dawn Sturgess died after reportedly being taken off oxygen support, so even more reason to be amazed that an old, overweight, out-of-shape guy like Skripal, also a happy tippler, could miraculously survive.
The Peter R. Chai "toxological perspective". Though presented as if it were a scientific study, this article comes across as surprisingly anecdotal, self-promoting and strongly political. Oddly, though he quotes several news outlets to make his points, he nevertheless admits that:
At the foot of the article is a disclaimer from the publisher (in other words "what we don't know can't be held against us"):
I bet if I paid enough money to Informa UK Limited to have one of my screeds published on their website they'd find a place for me.
The Mirror confirms that Sturgess and Rowley were drinking with friends -- and possibly using drugs -- the night before they fell ill.
And here is why I think that one or two of the couple's drinking "friends" may not have been true friends at all:
Notice how the "friend" provides a scenario for how the couple could have been poisoned, and at the same time absolves himself of any direct knowledge of any find by saying they separated for a "brief time" in the park.
If that "friend" is still on UK soil, then the story that Russian agents, who reportedly absconded back to Russia, were caught on CCTV transmitting the poison, does not ring any truer than any of the other media reports.
As Sam Husseini, who was credentialed to cover the Trump/Putin Summit for The Nation magazine but was tossed out instead, tweeted, “The issue isn’t Trump. The issue isn’t Putin. The issue is the issues: Nuclear threats, Syria, etc.”
Thanks to Penny who took time out from her research re: Canada, US & Britain to Rescue Terrorist "White Helmets" At Golan to point out for me another new American rage against Russia:
Maria Butina, Russian gun rights activist linked to NRA, charged as Kremlin agent
And that's not all. As if being a Russian agent was a bit too boring for the average -- very average -- reader, Maria Butina has now been turned into a honey pot. Apparently, there was not enough violence to tweak interest, and sex is the next best attraction, especially when a sexy movie, suspiciously prophetic, can be promoted.
Poor Maria. She was safer in Russia. Looks like EVERYBODY would be safer in Russia than in the itchy-trigger-finger, paranoid, violent, ready-to-hate anything that looks a bit different US of A.
But perhaps America has reason to be paranoid. After all, it has a history of sending spies to Russia. You should read about the one who was involved in another nerve agent scandal: Operation Shocker, they called it. So, really, it all began long before the 1999 cleanup in Uzbekistan.
A commenter to the Butina article hit the nail on the head in response to a comment that "Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin ... greeted [Butina] in Russian":
Mperse c.g. • 3 days ago
Below: The green bags and the white suits bow to one another as their very presence "proves" the presence of Novichok.
Image from Sputnik article: "The majority of the media have been running with the whole ‘the Russians did it’ since this story broke."
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