Red Mercury in South Africa

A piece from BoingBoing.net highlights how Red Mercury [WHICH DOES NOT EXIST] was thought to be a key ingredient in South Africa’s nuclear weapons program.  The following quote, from South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, probably helped feed some of the hysteria:

“Red mercury may very well exist, in fact red mercury does exist, the contentious issue is whether it plays any role in the nuclear arms sphere. There is no doubt that red mercury exists, I can refer you to the original chemical articles on this particular form of mercury, and there have certainly been a number of unexplained deaths in people who’ve allegedly been linked to the red mercury industry.”

The are no “unexplained deaths” linked to Red Mercury.  People are killed or injured as they try to extract this hoax substance from very real and very deadly explosives like landmines.

Michael P. Moore

November 20, 2015

moe (at) landminesinafrica (dot) org

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