As the Novichok incident continues to refuse to unwind there is still very little which gives anyone the right to speak in regard to what happened. One can only imagine what lie detector test results might unravel.
The sheer volume of calls being made to “talk radio” shows highlights the lack of faith many people have in their own UK Government. The most cited reason given for not believing the government is lies told about Saddam Hussein’s alleged stockpile of WMDs (weapons of mass destruction). The ensuing Iraq war, during which no WMDs were found, has left people unwilling to condemn any nation without irrefutable proof.
Was the attack too amateur for Russia to be involved?
Speaking of the attack as a tragedy, Vladimir Putin said with grim pride that had the pair been poisoned by a Soviet-designed nerve agent, they would have died instantly. It is hard to believe that Russia would have made such a feeble attempt at assassination.This is borne out by the success of the Polonium assassination of Alexander Litvinenko in November 2006.The former officer of the Russian Federal Security Service fled from court prosecution in Russia and received political asylum in the United Kingdom. Much of the investigation into his death was shrouded in secrecy and to this day Russia denies any involvement.
Boris Johnson not being very diplomatic
Diplomatic relations between Russia and Britain have continued to slump further. Particularly offensive to the Russians was Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, comparing Putin to Hitler. He suggested that the Russian president would revel in the World Cup in much the same way as Hitler did over the Olympic Games in 1936. In subsequent interviews Boris Johnson continues to stand by what he said. Considering Russia lost around 25 million dead to the Nazis in WWll it’s hardly surprising that Russians are upset.
Johnson also claimed Britain had evidence that within the last 10 years Russia has not only been investigating the delivery of nerve agents for the purposes of assassination but has also been creating and “stockpiling Novichok”. However, this claim has not been supported despite demands from Russia to do so.
Russia destroyed all its chemical weapons in 2017
Moscow insists that chemical agent production in Russia stopped in 1992 and that all the nerve agents stored within Russia were completely destroyed by last year. The latter was overseen by the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weaons) to which Russia and the UK belongs.
As anticipated, following Britain’s expulsion of 23 diplomats from the Russian Embassy in London, Russia retaliated by expelling 23 British diplomats from Moscow.
Rather confusing is the fact that policeman Nick Bailey, who just a short while ago was described as being in a serious condition, is now apparently quite well and thanking everyone for their “get well cards”. Despite being described as a hero, he refuses to talk to the media – something which is going to cause great curiosity in a public beginning to believe that something is not quite right.
Lie detector test results could defuse conspiracy theories
In all cases like this conspiracies abound. This one is no different with many asking whether or not this is a desperate attempt by Mrs May to provide more reasons for keeping Britain in the EU. Already the EU, which over the past few weeks has been extremely hostile towards Britain, has now changed and is claiming they have Britain’s back.
However, the most puzzling thing of all about this case for Brexiteers is Mrs May’s behaviour. In negotiations with the EU she is seen as a weak Prime Minister, capitulating to the EU’s every demand. But when dealing with the second most military nation in the world, she has demonstrated considerable aggression and verbosity.
Whilst the general public accept that certain proof cannot be seen for security reasons, many are confused. The government says it has proof. Yet in court evidence when a court order was sought to take blood from victims, Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the judge took into account the following documented evidence:
“CC: Porton Down Chemical and Biological Analyst
Blood samples from Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal were analysed and the findings indicated exposure to a nerve agent or related compound. The samples tested positive for the presence of a Novichok class nerve agent OR CLOSELY RELATED AGENT.”
This clearly indicates that the government cannot be absolutely certain that the chemical agent used directly leads back to Russia. We wonder whether everyone involved should be subject to a polygraph test, whereby lie detector test results could be scrutinised!
Those of us in the Polygraph Industry watch with interest! Something somewhere is not right, but what is it? Could lie detector test results resolve the mystery?