SCARY ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT IN ENGLAND WITH MILITARY GRADE RUSSIAN NERVE AGENT
So you’ve probably heard a bit of the hoopla about Russia. They hacked the U.S. Presidential elections. Putin personally has Donald Trump on a leash. The U.S. has sanctioned Russia. Except that the U.S. isn’t enforcing the sanctions on Russia. But as that list can go on and on, just this week, let’s not overlook the fact that three people in England were exposed to a nerve agent recently. But to be even more specific, they were poisoned by what British Intelligence has identified as a Russian military grade weapon nerve agent. That’s some pretty scary stuff. But it’s so scary that UK authorities have warned anyone who was at the same pub or restaurant in Salisbury to wash their clothes and do a complete and thorough cleaning of all their belongings with wet wipes. Why? Because even remnants of the very same nerve agent are incredibly dangerous.
BYSTANDERS COMPLETELY SAFE, BUT WASH YOUR CLOTHES, ALL BELONGINGS
That is some seriously scary stuff. Two of the three people poisoned were a former Russian spy and his daughter. A police officer was also exposed to the nerve agent. Some believe that this assassination attempt is the Kremlin’s housecleaning as Mueller’s investigation of Trump continues to develop. But the classic tit for tat commentary has continued across the former Iron Curtain. England is furious with Russia for the nerve agent’s use on its soil. Russia denies everything in mockery. England expels 23 diplomatic staff (likely intelligence operatives). Russia does the same in response. Oh, but did we mention that authorities found an exiled critic of Putin strangled in London as well? Gotta be coincidence, right?
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON, DESPITE “SAFE” WARNING
But like in most deadly games, residue sits like an angry spider after the fact, waiting to bite the unwary or just unlucky. In this case, someone delivered the nerve agent in some way to its targets at Zizzi restaurant in Salisbury. Investigators found traces of it at Zizzi as well as at a nearby Mill Pub. England’s chief medical officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, did his best to reassure the public, saying that the risk to other patrons was “low” and that chronic exposure to these trace amounts would be necessary to be harmful. “I am confident none of these customers or staff will have suffered harm,” Davies said. But they did also issue a list of To Do’s for anyone at the restaurant or pub, including washing and cleaning anything you might have had with you there.
WARNING COMES SO LATE, WITNESSES CAN’T REMEMBER WHAT THEY WORE
So there’s no danger. But it was a freaking Russian military grade weapon nerve agent. But why did it take British authorities so long to direct these people to wash all their belongings? Most of the patrons out that night can’t even remember what they were wearing or had with them. Sounds like something we’d hear about on this side of the pond.