Saturday, November 25, 2006

Rage against the dying of the light

I feel compelled to carry Alexander Litvinenko's dying words in full, as dictated from his bedside and reported by the BBC. Although incurably poisoned with radiation, Litinenko went out defiant. You may detect, though I might possibly be only imagining it, a ghost of a final smile on his lips.


I would like to thank many people. My doctors, nurses and hospital staff who are doing all they can for me, the British police who are pursuing my case with vigour and professionalism and are watching over me and my family.

I would like to thank the British government for taking me under their care. I am honoured to be a British citizen.

I would like to thank the British public for their messages of support and for the interest they have shown in my plight.

I thank my wife Marina, who has stood by me. My love for her and our son knows no bounds.

But as I lie here I can distinctly hear the beating of wings of the angel of death.

I may be able to give him the slip but I have to say my legs do not run as fast as I would like.

I think, therefore, that this may be the time to say one or two things to the person responsible for my present condition.

You may succeed in silencing me but that silence comes at a price. You have shown yourself to be as barbaric and ruthless as your most hostile critics have claimed.

You have shown yourself to have no respect for life, liberty or any civilised value.

You have shown yourself to be unworthy of your office, to be unworthy of the trust of civilised men and women.

You may succeed in silencing one man but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life.

May God forgive you for what you have done, not only to me but to beloved Russia and its people.


Alexander Litvinenko
21 November 2006

28 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

or a different take on this see post at Martin Kellys blog
http://martinkelly.blogspot.com/
(Via Econbrowser.com)
There may be no "white hats" in this.

11/25/2006 06:32:00 PM  
Blogger Dude said...

Powerfull final words from a brave fighter for truth. If only the world, including Bush, hears the cry.

11/25/2006 06:36:00 PM  
Blogger Dude said...

Powerfull final words from a brave fighter for truth. If only the world, including Bush, hears the cry.

11/25/2006 06:37:00 PM  
Blogger Pyrthroes said...

The buck stops with Putin, who by word and deed shows himself a murderous thug. This secret police modus long predates Communist atrocities, extending centuries to Czarism and its criminal satraps.

All through the 1990s, the U.S. had ample opportunity by commercial, diplomatic, military means to channel Yeltsin's flawed but fundamentally well-meaning democratic instincts in positive directions. True to form, Clinton on the heels of Jimmy Carter accomplished nothing; on the contrary, by malfeasant default he emboldened Great Russian chauvinists and their thieving "privatist" enablers to blight representative democracy at the root.

From McGovern's takeover in 1972, our Democrat party has not only shown excessive regard for mass-murdering dictatorships, but has actively discouraged alternatives. Carter himself presents a stupifying example of bigotry and Statist self-importance. Like Clinton, his intentions are by no means honorable-- if it's in America's demonstrable longterm economic or military interest, Jimmeh and Big Turnip will invariably attempt to sabotage it.

Come 2012 or so, when the evidence for evaporative atmospheric cooling per subsurface ocean-warming becomes irrefutable, it will be interesting to watch how these ignorant dolts deal with what is, on the face of it, beyond their adolescent capacities to understand.

11/25/2006 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps Mr. Litvinenko will not die in vain. Revulsion in the West over his murder may result in a change in the way the West deals with Russia.

If this occurred, Iran's Ahmadinejad might then feel the sting of Mr. Litvinenko's death, as we explain.

Westhawk

11/25/2006 06:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pyrthroes wrote:

Come 2012 or so, when the evidence for evaporative atmospheric cooling per subsurface ocean-warming becomes irrefutable, it will be interesting to watch how these ignorant dolts deal with what is, on the face of it, beyond their adolescent capacities to understand.

Evaporative cooling? Did you not know that evaporation is limited by ambient humidity, and that water vapor, which is the end product of evaporation, accounts for the largest percentage of the greenhouse effect?

11/25/2006 07:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stasis.

That's what will happen. America and Europe have very little leverage on Russia, and they're already heavily dependent on Putin with regard to the Iranian issue as well as oil supplies to Russia's near abroad (e.g. Ukraine, Georgia), even the whole of Europe.

Not as if America or Europe are intending to wean their dependence off Russian oil. Instead, the thirst for the black liquid remains just as insatiable as ever. If they don't turn to Russia, who can they consider? Iran? That would be back to square one.

For the sake of optimism, let's hope something good can transpire from this tragedy.

11/25/2006 08:04:00 PM  
Blogger bobalharb said...

Thanks, Miss T., I wanted to say that but didn't know how.

11/25/2006 08:22:00 PM  
Blogger Cedarford said...

The buck stops with Putin, who by word and deed shows himself a murderous thug. This secret police modus long predates Communist atrocities, extending centuries to Czarism and its criminal satraps.

Perhaps not. The former KGB spy was thick as thieves with a host of unsavory exiles, shady Expat Russian businessmen, the Jewish AND Chechen mafia, the Chechen exile gov't or more accurately one faction of it, in the ins and outs with two of the once powerful Oligarchs with Israeli ties, and Lord knows who else. He was on several enemy lists, starting with the KGB, but also factions of many of the above-mentioned groups he interacted with.

This is one case where people should wait before pointing blame, blame based on pure speculation.

Let the investigation work.

11/25/2006 08:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the deathbed words of a former KGB professional constitute a substantive expert opinion, not "speculation."
Acc. to a nuclear scientist on the news tonight, the poison that killed him required tremendous scientific technology, doubt the Chechen or Jewish mafias [?] have them.

11/25/2006 09:16:00 PM  
Blogger Alexis said...

If Russia did it, it made a horrible blunder, especially considering Russia's role in proliferating "nuclear energy". If (for whatever reason) it didn't, Russia should consider who else would have ample motive for framing Russia.

Please google "polonium 210" next to "islam" and see what you find. See who else has been conducting extensive research into "polonium 210"...

11/26/2006 01:11:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

"bread and roses,"
children's laughter and singing tomorrows.
That's it.

Evanier: As I said earlier, because the Communist Party was so decimated when I began to hang around it, I was given a rare birds-eye view of things. As a novelist, I accumulate impressions and feelings, not factual documents. Even in the mid-and late `50s, with party members fleeing in large numbers, it was impossible not to recognize the huge number of front groups, institutions, hotels, camps, publishing houses, unions, theaters and real estate that the party ran and owned--all paying full-time homage to the Soviet Union. International Publishers, a party publisher headed by Alexander Trachtenberg and James Allen, published hundreds of Soviet books and books on Communism each year. Every iota of the party network was bound up with the Soviet Union. You were tested by your unblinking loyalty to the correctness of the Soviet Union at all times.

Supporting the Soviet Union in every way was a moral obligation, and anything whatsoever that advanced the Soviet cause was justified. Subterfuge and deceit were moral because they promoted a higher morality: the realization of a Soviet America. You were speeding up the locomotive of history. The letters of the Rosenbergs, which I parodied in "Red Love," are purged of almost any truth about their allegiance to the Soviet Union. They write that they are for "bread and roses," children's laughter and singing tomorrows. That's it. And yet for the Rosenbergs, as for all Communists, serving Stalin was the most sacred act; Stalin was Moses. The few that were detached from the party and selected for espionage work were the chosen ones.

But apart from the symbolism of it, everything I encountered in the Party was Soviet. Every living moment was spent in devotion to a Soviet tomorrow. Yet how they loved to deny the thing they loved and accuse McCarthyites, red-baiters and Nazis of slandering them. Earl Browder denied the Party's connection to any underground apparatus to the end of his life. His room on the ninth floor of party headquarters adjoined that of J. Peters, who helped coordinate the underground of the party across the United States. They passed each other in the hall every day, but ostensibly they were ships in the night. "I pledge myself," Browder said in 1935 to two thousand new Party members taking the oath, "to remain at all times a vigilant and firm defender of the Leninist line of the Party, the only line that ensures the triumph of Soviet Power in the United States."

FP: How come you use humor so often in your fiction?

Evanier: Reviewing "Red Love," Kirkus Reviews wrote that it was "irreverent, unflinching, and almost disgracefully entertaining." That was exactly my intention: to puncture the Left's myth of the sainthood of the Rosenbergs, who got such a kick out of trying to destroy the United States. While I use humor throughout my fiction as a way of hooking and seducing the reader and entertaining him or her, it's a particularly devastating tool in political fiction. Humor and satire is the Trojan horse that takes the readers by surprise and makes them see matters in a new and unexpected light—a ridiculous and revelatory light. It takes us to a new level of understanding. The wonderful new film satire "Borat" features a lead character who is a thorough anti-Semite who refuses to fly because the Jews "might restage their attack of 9/11." As John Podhoretz writes, "Borat is a satire of anti-Semitism--a riposte and retort to it in every conceivable way, akin to Jonathan Swift recommending cannibalizing children as a solution to the problem of Irish hunger in `A Modest Proposal.'"

11/26/2006 03:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

alexis: If Russia did it, it made a horrible blunder

It's only a blunder if the murderer pays a price.

c4: This is one case where people should wait before pointing blame, blame based on pure speculation. Let the investigation work.

Sure, let the narcotics flow and flow...

If the Russians block the investigation at any point -- refusing to hand over records, dragging feet, Putin declining to be interviewed -- then the game is up. End. It'll be time to dust off the Cold War sanctions.

But I think Putin reads western leaders pretty well. He's betting they'll find a fig leaf to hide behind. After all, what price did he pay for trying to murder the President of Ukraine? Zilch, as far as I can see.

btw, how's that investigation going, c4?

11/26/2006 03:50:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Secret Asian Man
---
SECRET AGENT MAN
(P.F. Sloan / S. Barri)

There's a man who leads a life of danger
To everyone he meets he stays a stranger
With every move he makes another chance he takes
Odds are he won't live to see tomorrow

Secret agent man, secret agent man
They've given you a number and taken away your name

Beware of pretty faces that you find
A pretty face can hide an evil mind
Ah, be careful what you say
Or you'll give yourself away
Odds are you won't live to see tomorrow

Secret agent man, secret agent man
They've given you a number and taken away your name

------ lead guitar ------

Secret agent man, secret agent man
They've given you a number and taken away your name

Swingin' on the Riviera one day
And then layin' in the Bombay alley next day
Oh no, you let the wrong word slip
While kissing persuasive lips
The odds are you won't live to see tomorrow

Secret agent man, secret agent man
They've given you a number and taken away your name

Secret agent man

11/26/2006 04:10:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

And yet for the Rosenbergs, as for all Communists, serving Stalin was the most sacred act;

Stalin was Moses.

The few that were detached from the party and selected for espionage work were the chosen ones.

11/26/2006 04:16:00 AM  
Blogger RWE said...

"Poisoned former spy Alexander Litvinenko's deathbed message may have accused Russian President Vladimir Putin, but pro-Kremlin lawmakers and state-controlled television networks pointed the finger at a prominent Putin enemy in Britain - tycoon Boris Berezovsky."

Okay, so it was plot by Putin's enemies to kill one of their own to make him look bad.

Meanwhile, the Mullahs of Iran have claimed that the latest assassination in Lebanon was the work of the U.S. and the Zionists to make them look bad.

And in this country the nut cases who claim that the attacks of 9/11/01 were all an inside plot by the U.S. Govt seem to be, if anything, growing in number.

This kind of "thinking" sure is popular, and worldwide.

11/26/2006 05:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anatoliy Golitsyn, perhaps we need to re-visit his words.

11/26/2006 05:39:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

rwe,
I heard he had a taste for Fire Alarm Ionizers.
---
What was the reliability record of the BOMARC?

11/26/2006 05:48:00 AM  
Blogger al fin said...

Russia has gone back to being an international troublemaker--encouraging Iran and Syria to export hell to Lebanon and Iraq.

This is Russia's version of the great game. Washing away blood with more blood.

11/26/2006 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

rwe wrote:

Meanwhile, the Mullahs of Iran have claimed that the latest assassination in Lebanon was the work of the U.S. and the Zionists to make them look bad.

Because calling for the nuclear annihilation of Israel just gets a ho-hum from the media, even in those outlets owned by gentlemen whose last name ends in "-stein" or "-berg".

11/26/2006 09:06:00 AM  
Blogger Alexis said...

tex:

Russia will suffer for this, whether it was responsible for this or not. Every terrorist and his uncle will now look for Polonium-210.

Polonium-210 was used for its demonstration effect. The question is who would have an interest in demonstrating the potency of Polonium-210 for an international audience in the most flamboyant manner imaginable.

Although Russia is the obvious suspect, Iran has an interest in demonstrating that it effectively has a weapon of mass destruction in the form of Polonium-210. This assassination serves Iran's strategic interests while it undermines Russia's strategic interests. So, is Mr. Putin stupid or are the Iranian mullahs smart?

11/26/2006 12:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

alexis: Iran has an interest in demonstrating that it effectively has a weapon of mass destruction in the form of Polonium-210... So, is Mr. Putin stupid or are the Iranian mullahs smart?

I don't follow you, alexis. Got a link to relevant info on Iranian Polonium?

As for who's smart and stupid, I guess it depends on what the fellow hopes to achieve, and whether he's achieving it. One can be smart and evil, pretty much by definition...

11/26/2006 02:42:00 PM  
Blogger blert said...

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar:

Putin authorized it knowing that for the target audience ‘player’ his hand of revenge was clear.

The shear expense of using PO-210 eliminates non-state actors.

The off-the-shelf capability to deliver this toxin restricts the suspect to just one.

Anyone planning to imitate the FSB ‘wet shop’ will find playing with PO-210 more risky than nitroglycerin.

Running out bizarre alternate scenarios is no problem for the gangsters running Russia. They’re all too clever by half.

The essence of this assassination was to demonstrate that Putin did it, and international opinion is for naught.

11/26/2006 02:43:00 PM  
Blogger Charles said...

Doug said...
And yet for the Rosenbergs, as for all Communists, serving Stalin was the most sacred act;

Stalin was Moses.

The few that were detached from the party and selected for espionage work were the chosen ones.
/////////////
they had it bass akwards: Stalin was Ramsis. The Jews played the same role in the administration of the soviet state from the 1920-60's as Joseph and
his family did in Egypt. Similiarly when things went bad the Hebrews were forced/fled beginning in 1970's in the Soviet Union and under Ramses after the plagues.

One other thing. When the state abolishes God then they put the Man on the throne. ie a pharoah. That's why Lenin lay embalmed like a pharoah for decades after his death.

11/26/2006 06:19:00 PM  
Blogger GeorgeD said...

There is some speculation that Litivenko was a convert to islam and that his death was a Jihadi suicide.

Any comment or substance to this?

11/26/2006 07:50:00 PM  
Blogger Alexis said...

tex:

Are these references enough, or do you need more...?


http://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/Iran-IAEA-Issues.asp

http://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/report/2006/iaea_hpsci-iran_12sep06.htm

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&as_qdr=all&q=+site:www.iaea.org+iran+%22polonium+210%22

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&as_qdr=all&q=+site:www.iranwatch.org+iran+%22polonium+210%22

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&as_qdr=all&q=+site:www.nci.org+iran+%22polonium+210%22

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&as_qdr=all&q=+site:www.iranfocus.com+iran+%22polonium+210%22

11/26/2006 08:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Iranian Polonium links. I see: it's a nuke trigger. Got it.

(Thinks: this is all one hell of a drama to watch...)

11/27/2006 12:43:00 AM  
Blogger Gary Rosen said...

Could there have been anything more predictable than Shitterfart's knee-jerk reaction to blame it on the Jews? He makes Pavlov's dog look like a free thinker. He even beat his suckee Buchanan to the punch!

11/28/2006 12:39:00 AM  

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