[Marxism] Yushchekno Poison Case a Fraud?
M. Junaid Alam
mjunaidalam at msalam.net
Wed Dec 15 08:32:23 MST 2004
The Yushchenko 'Poison Plot' Fraud
He's poisoning Ukrainian politics with lies
by Justin Raimondo
*T*he headlines blared: "Doctors Confirm Yushchenko Poison Claim
– and, yes, even I believed it. But, you know what? It's a lie. And now
the truth is coming out….
I /knew/ there was something fishy about the whole
even as I blindly accepted the pronouncement of Dr. Michael Zimpfer, of
the Rudolfinerhaus clinic <http://www.rudolfinerhaus.at/> in Vienna,
that tests had "proved" the poisoning hypothesis, and he now considers
the "case closed <http://www.msnbc.msn.com/ID/6697752/>." To begin with,
dioxin as a tool of would-be assassins just doesn't make a whole lot of
sense: the victim would take far too long to die, and, besides that, not
a single case <http://www.dioxinspin.com/tox_acute_exposure.htm> of
death-by-dioxin poisoning has ever been recorded. Another suspicious
adjunct to this story: Yushchenko declared that he wants to delay the
into who poisoned him until after the December 26 election. The
ostensible reason <http://www.antiwar.com/blog/index.php?id=P1538> for
this is Yushchenko's high-mindedness, expressed with the requisite
/"I don't want this factor to influence the election in some way –
either as a plus or a minus. This question will require a great deal of
time and serious investigation. Let us do it after the election – today
is not the moment."/
How noble! And, as it turns out, how utterly phony….
Surely, one might assume, a man with a "Dr." in front of his name is a
sacred oracle, from whom only truth can spring: and, in any case,
Zimpfer was the doctor in charge of the case – right?
Wrong. In news accounts of the Yushchenko "poisoning" mystery, Zimpfer
is variously described as the "president" or the "head" of the
Rudolfinerhaus clinic, but a better description of his position is
"administrative chief." His official title is President of the clinic's
Board of Supervisors. The chief medical doctor at the clinic, who
supervised and had first-hand knowledge of Yushchenko's case, was Dr.
Lothar Wicke <http://isbndb.com/d/person/wicke_lothar.html>. I put that
in the past tense because, on December 9, Dr. Wicke resigned. It seems
that his skeptical remarks concerning the unproven status of the
"poisoning" accusations had proved injurious to his health. At a news
conference held just after Yushchenko's first visit to Rudolfinerhaus,
Dr. Wicke had accused unnamed individuals not on the medical staff of
spreading "medically falsified diagnoses concerning the condition of Mr.
Yushchenko." He also pointed to the complete lack of any evidence that
the candidate had been poisoned, either deliberately or otherwise. This
did not endear him to the Yushchenko crowd.
According to the /Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung/ (FAZ), a leading
German newspaper, and reporter Emil Bobi
of the Austrian magazine /Profil/ <http://www.profil.at/>, Dr. Wicke
received numerous death threats and explicit warnings from the
Yushchenko clan. As the /FAZ/ reports [Warning: if you're going to click
you'd better be able to read German, and be prepared to pay]:
/"Thereafter Yushchenko's people made clear to Wicke that he should not
say anything more concerning the affair, since otherwise [as Wicke puts
it] 'one would resort to other means against me and the hospital.' Dr.
Wicke is also supposed to have received death threats at the time."
The December 10 issue of /Le Figaro/, a leading French daily, reveals
the atmosphere of thuggishness prevailing during Yushchenko's sojourns
to Rudolfinerhaus, describing the outbreak of violent scuffles at one
October news conference involving "a strange security force with Slavic
accents." Yielding to the demand of the Ukrainian parliament, Austrian
cops were sent to Rudolfinerhaus to secure Yushchenko's medical files.
/Profil/ reports they "practically came to blows with Yushchenko's
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