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  • Israel has strongly denied any involvement in Arafat's death.

    I've never known them to lie.
  • Why do I get the feeling that those who don't believe will never believe he died of something entirely plausible, and reasonable for a person to have died from given his advanced age and compromised medical condition.

    Hell, we can't even get some people to believe Elvis is dead.

    That big fat goof, is dead, dead, dead.
  • Who is paying for this? How much stolen money does his wife have? What about the suffering of the Palastinians that they are so concerned about?
  • So 2960 days later, and a half life of 138 days.

    If my math is right there will be only 3.6*10-7 left of the original amount.

    Anybody know how much is required for them to detect? With such a short half life it seems like he woudl have to had a ton around him, hence poisoning others around him, and him displaying the actual symptoms.


    /probably aids.
  • Come on, we all know he died of AIDS
  • liam76: Anybody know how much is required for them to detect?


    They may not need any around as long as the radioactive decay products are well enough characterized. Just look for the right isotopes in the right abundance and you can claim with very good certainty that polonium was there.

    Which leads me to wondering why the hell anyone would kill someone with a toxic element. They can't be metabolized away, and they're very easy to detect. Seems like a terrible choice.
  • poorjon: liam76: Anybody know how much is required for them to detect?

    They may not need any around as long as the radioactive decay products are well enough characterized. Just look for the right isotopes in the right abundance and you can claim with very good certainty that polonium was there.


    Didn't even think what it decays to.


    poorjon: Which leads me to wondering why the hell anyone would kill someone with a toxic element. They can't be metabolized away, and they're very easy to detect. Seems like a terrible choice.


    Unless you are sending a message.
  • very rare you hear of polonium. maybe 1 episode of Law & Order, one episode of DaVinci's Inquest.

    /Canada has some awesome TV shows
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  • AIDS? Huh. I thought he was raped and murdered by Glenn Beck.
  • liam76: Didn't even think what it decays to.


    Lead-206 (stable, but indistinguishable from the lead in everyone's environment) and He-4 (also stable but floats away). I think they'll need to focus on other kinds of evidence.
  • My reading of a number of Glenn Beck chalkboards leads me to ask whether Glenn Beck was working for the Russians and poisoned Arafat (with Arafat's consent) to frame the Israelis
  • OregonVet: AIDS? Huh. I thought he was raped and murdered by Glenn Beck.


    He was, that's how he got AIDS.
  • Wouldn't it be funny if they found out that his tomb was empty?
  • The average life expectancy for a male in the Palestinian territories is 71.8 years according Wikipedia. He was 75 years old, so surely he was assassinated via radioactive poisoning.
  • Kuroboom: The average life expectancy for a male in the Palestinian territories is 71.8 years according Wikipedia. He was 75 years old, so surely he was assassinated via radioactive poisoning.


    Yeah, old people can't be murdered because they're old.
  • Kuroboom: The average life expectancy for a male in the Palestinian territories is 71.8 years according Wikipedia. He was 75 years old, so surely he was assassinated via radioactive poisoning.


    this is his wife on a witch hunt to try to get back into the inter-circle after squandering her stolen funds and getting kicked out of Tunisia for having an affair with the king's brother
  • poorjon: They may not need any around as long as the radioactive decay products are well enough characterized. Just look for the right isotopes in the right abundance and you can claim with very good certainty that polonium was there.

    Which leads me to wondering why the hell anyone would kill someone with a toxic element. They can't be metabolized away, and they're very easy to detect. Seems like a terrible choice.


    To escape and leave doubt on who did it. Kill someone with a gun and everyone knows about it immediately. Poison someone like this and you might escape detection or at least delay it for weeks or more. More doubt as to who killed him.

    Thing is, has Israel ever killed anyone this way, ever? They've always been more fans of shaped charges, guns, missiles, etc. It's mainly been the Russians who whack people like this.
  • Okay, sorry to be dumb, but what would Israel's motive have been eight, nine years ago to want Arafat dead?

    A) Were there more likely peace partners in his successors?
    B) Was it looking like he would live another 5, 10, 20 years?
  • We are wondering if a terrorists was murdered?
  • HotWingConspiracy: Kuroboom: The average life expectancy for a male in the Palestinian territories is 71.8 years according Wikipedia. He was 75 years old, so surely he was assassinated via radioactive poisoning.

    Yeah, old people can't be murdered because they're old.


    Look how stupid you are.
  • liam76: So 2960 days later, and a half life of 138 days.

    If my math is right there will be only 3.6*10-7 left of the original amount.

    Anybody know how much is required for them to detect? With such a short half life it seems like he woudl have to had a ton around him, hence poisoning others around him, and him displaying the actual symptoms.


    Don't bother. This is an obvious sham in some fashion--the reported levels before translate into a dose that was *FAR* too high. I rather suspect a plant.

    /probably aids.

    I think that's likely.
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