LUSSANE, SWITZERLAND – Dead Palestinian Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat was many things to many people:
A Palestinian terrorist, a freedom fighter, a peace prize recipient, and Ringo Starr’s twin brother.
Now, it seems, he could be a victim of assassination by radiation poisoning.
Arafat died in 2004 after a long illness, with speculation ranging from cancer to aids.
His family dug up his remains and sent them, along with some personal belongings, to a lab in Switzerland to see if someone could have poisoned him.
The lab ran lots of tests on what was left of Arafat, along with some of his clothing. They say they found traces of polonium-210.
His widow says this proves someone killed him, but the forensic scientists say not so fast, pointing out they didn’t have much to work with, not to mention it’s been eight years since the guy died, well past the 138-day half-life of the polonium isotope.
Adding to the speculation of a polonium assassination is the 2006 death of Russian author and former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko who was in London seeking political asylum when he suddenly got sick and quickly died from what doctors later figured out was polonium poisoning.
For all we know, it was a toon who killed both of them.