Saturday, December 11, 2004
One Borshch, hold the Dioxin Please!!
From the Associated Press...
VIENNA, Austria - Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned with dioxin, doctors said Saturday, adding that the highly toxic chemical could have been put in the opposition leader's soup, producing the severe disfigurement and partial paralysis of his face.
Viktor Yushchenko is the pro-West candidate for Presidency in the Ukraine. His opponent Viktor Yanukovych is supported by the largely Russian speaking population of the east, departing President Leonid Kuchma and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
Can the Ukraine gain full independence (and not just in name) from it's Russo/Soviet past? Unlike Georgia for instance, despite being the birthplace of Stalin, the Ukraine is a very resource intensive interest (in terms of raw materials, weapons production, and people) to Russia, and of significant geo-political interest to the West. Often in such cases the will of the people is just the 'sidebar issue'. Can the planned elections on Dec. 26th proceed honestly? What is to happen if Russia simply does not let go? Three forces are at battle once again. East, West and the native populations. Some party, if not multiple parties are not going to be happy come Dec. 26th.
Foreign subversion from both Russia, the United States and members of the EU is certain. While millions of dollars, and hundreds of 'advisors' flow in from the West, someone quite possibly from the East have added Dioxin to these key ingredients of Borshch:
100g or 200g of meat with rib bones (prefferably beef)
1 big onion
1 large or 2 small carrots
50g of pork fat
half a lemon
1-2 tbsp of tomato paste
3or 4 large potatoes
200g of cabbage
I myself have had a few bowls of Borsch, even a nice bowl in Moscow. I love it dearly, but it is certainly not to die for.