remind me never to run for elected office against someone who putin wants to win

I know that George Bush “looked into Putin’s soul” and apparently liked what he saw, but when I look at these before and after photos of Viktor Yushchenko, the pro-Western Ukrainian who had the misfortune of going up against Putin’s man, Viktor Yanukovych, for the job of president, it makes me kind of wonder. I guess his physicians have yet to say definitively that he was poisoned (let alone suggest that the Russians were involved), but Jesus Christ! Just look at these “before” and “after” photos. That’s the same man, just months later. One minute he’s the Ukrainian JFK and the next he’s Anne Ramsey’s death mask.

When I look at these photos, I have to wonder if perhaps this has something to do with Putin and his former position as a high-ranking KGB officer. (Surely he knows people with the access and know-how to do something like this.) Of course, Yushchenko’s rapid aging could have absolutely nothing to do with politics. It’s been suggested by those alligned against him that his recent health problems can be attributed to “bad sushi.”

And, my friends, this is what politics has become… It makes me kind of nostalgic for the simpler days of plain old “assassination by lone nut.”

… And I didn’t even get into the fact that the election was stolen from Yushchenko… In comparison, it looks like Kerry got off pretty easy. (I wonder if that thought crossed his mind as he was sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner.)

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  1. Tony Buttons
    Posted November 30, 2004 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    Kerry was fortunate in that he started off ugly.

  2. Posted November 30, 2004 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps it’s a trick of the lighting. Like Michael Jackson’s nose falling off. Just an optical illusion. Nothing to see here.

  3. mark
    Posted November 30, 2004 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Collin, you

  4. Tony Buttons
    Posted December 8, 2004 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    Doctors have confirmed that Yushchenko was poisoned.

  5. Posted December 9, 2004 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    Holy shit! That just seems so Stalinesque!!! Who poisons their political opponents???? Absolutely insane…the world has gone nuts.

  6. stella
    Posted December 9, 2004 at 8:23 am | Permalink

    I tend to think its more along the lines of, in spite of the alleged new “enlightenment” movements which have been struggling to gain ground since the 1600s, the world merely remains nuts. it s just all so very visible now

  7. Collin
    Posted December 11, 2004 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    It’s been confirmed that he ingested dioxin (maybe Agent Orange in a cream-based soup). Here’s a quote from the story:

  8. Tim
    Posted December 14, 2004 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    Looks like you were right. They’re tracking it back to Putin.

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