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Article: 1982774 of alt.revisionism
From: (Eugene Holman)
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Subject: On cyanide as an agent for mass murder
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 10:31:30 +0200
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One of the worst industrial chemical disasters occurred without warning
early on the morning of December 3, 1984, at Union Carbide's pesticide
plant in Bhopal, India. While most people slept, a leak, caused by a
series of mechanical and human failures, released a cloud of lethal methyl
isocyanate over the sleeping city. Some two thousand people died
immediately and another eight thousand died later. Health officials, not
informed about chemicals at the factory, were completely unprepared for
the tragedy.

Note that so much methyl isocyanate was released that no chamber or
enclosure was even needed for a concentration of cyanide high enough to
kill two thousand people immediately to be reached in the ambient air in
the vicinity and downwind from the plant. Note, too, that methyl
isocyanate is an industrial strength pesticide, not the kind that you
purchase at your local garden shop.

Eugene Holman

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