Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Surprise, Surprise

As if there was any question, Victor Yushchenko's doctors in Vienna are now ready to talk:
MEDICAL experts have confirmed that Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine’s opposition leader, was poisoned in an attempt on his life during election campaigning, the doctor who supervised his treatment at an Austrian clinic said yesterday.
Asked if the aim had been to kill him, Dr Korpan said: “Yes, of course.”

Interestingly, the Times believes that "proof that Mr Yushchenko was deliberately poisoned would be a devastating blow for his rival, the Prime Minister, Viktor Yanukovych, as the two candidates prepare for a repeat of a presidential run-off on December 26. " I don't really think so. Yes, it seems like verified assassination attempts would be a deal-breaker in an election year, but your average savvy Ukrainian voter doesn't need some clinic in Vienna to tell them what's what. They all know what's going on, and they've made up their minds as to whether they're crying "poisoning" or "bad sushi." Furthermore, when you're dealing with a nation whose president has been caught on tape ordering the murder of a journalist, you have to work a little harder to shock the populace.

Also, if you've still got the Ukraine bug and you haven't seen this yet, check out the always-interesting Taras Kuzio on tapes that were used as evidence in the Supreme Court case. The CIA is, apparently, not the only outfit with leak problems. These tapes purport to clearly expose the existence of a "shadow campaign" devoted to fraud, fraud, and more fraud. I know, that's about as big a surprise as the poison expose, but what can you do? Sometimes it's nice to have hard proof to back up what you already know.


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