The Use of Poison in International Politics

The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the pestle; the chalice from the palace has the brew that is true.  This tongue-twisting line, uttered by Danny Kaye in the 1956 film The Court Jester, grounds perhaps the funniest scene in Hollywood movies, but it is also relevant to past and present attempts and actions to commit murder by operatives of the Russian regime. Hamlet's father knew of the vial of poison poured into his ear that moved like quicksilver though the veins and curdled the blood.  British officials during World War II were successful in preventing a similar poisoning of the well known writer, artist, gardener, protector of the Barbary Apes in Gibraltar, 1953 Nobel Prize winner for literature, and smoker of 3,000 cigars a year and 250,000 in his lifetime, Winston Churchill. We now learn from documents recently revealed that the prime minister was protected by the British secret service in extraordinary fashion.  All...(Read Full Article)

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