In theory, carcinogens, agents that cause the initiation of cancer, can be applied as a weapon. Carcinogens are employed in experimental animals to study cancer initiation and progression. However, cancers take a (long) while to develop, and the impact of using a carcinogen cannot be carefully targeted. If applied in large doses, they can cause cancer development in multiple tissues. These uncertainties limit their usefulness as an assassination tool (if it is going to take a few years for someone to die as a consequence of their use, then they would be too blunt of an instrument).Right, as if that old bag of corruption needed a push to help him out the door. Oh well, maybe the actual functional equivalent of stupidity is . . . stupidity.
Far more useful and clever to my mind has been the use of Polonium 210 as an assassination tool. It is difficult to detect and decays naturally over time. Arafat was probably assassinated that way.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
Angry Arab takes the Chavez "assassination" seriously
My take on AA up to this point has been that he is intelligent but that on the subject of Israel, "hatred is the functional equivalent of stupidity." Now I'm not so sure. He takes the possibility of some conspiracy's causing Chavez's cancer seriously enough to consult an "expert." Here is a telling bit from the reply: