A horrified world watched the agonizing deaths of civilian men, women, and children in Syria writhing in pain as first responders frantically hosed off the cruel nerve toxin, sarin, from the bodies of victims suffering and dying while clutched in the arms of their loved ones. Such brutality is intolerable to a civilized world, and the gruesome scene provoked the President of the United States to launch a missile strike, blasting the Syrian airbase where the planes carrying the banned chemical warfare agent had lifted off.
On January 11, 2015 news swept the globe reporting that scores of people died and 200 were sickened by drinking beer poisoned with crocodile bile in Mozambique. Thinking is now shifting to the possibility of poisoned synapses, not reptilian bile as the cause of these deaths.
A horribly tragic incident occurred at a funeral on January 9, 2015 in Mozambique, when people who had come to pay their last respects suffered poisoning from consuming the traditional home-made beer that was served. The mass fatalities of over 70 people devastated families, leaving many children orphans overnight. The toxic substance in the beer is still not known, but the media frenzy is astonishing. Is crocodile bile a deadly poison? How much bile can a person drink anyway? What is it in croc bile that could be so potent, trace amounts too weak to taste could kill and sicken hundreds of people?