Mar 21, 2005

"Tod Macht Frei"

"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it" - George Santayana

It seems as if we cannot read the papers anymore concerning the plight of Terri Schiavo without being constantly reminded of her "medical condition". We are told by the Houston Chronicle and by the New York Times that Terri is in a "persistant vegetative state" and that she is incapable of emotion, memory or thought. There is a reason for this.

By dehumanizing Terri Schiavo in such a way we are being led to believe that starving her to death and extinguishing her now useless and nonproductive life is in fact a humane act. ABC News uses this opportunity to pick up the baton and inform us that "The process of starving to death seems very barbaric but in actuality is very peaceful". Of course we all know very well that ABC news would be singing a different tune altogether if we ever decided to subject death-row inmates to the same type of "cruel and unusual punishment" and torture that Terri Schiavo is being subjected to.

As a red herring and an attempt to distract us from the issue at hand and based entirely on "hearsay" from the individual who wants Terri Schiavo killed we are reminded that this was in fact Terri Schiavo's wish. You see, Terri Schiavo wanted to die and we are just fulfilling her last wish. Armin Meiwes used the same excuse when he killed Mr. Brandes. But the cases are different are they not? Mr. Brandes was not disabled and neither was he relentlessly dehumanized in the way that Terri Schiavo has been by the press. Perhaps the difference is the way Mr. Brandes was killed?

You see, we are led to believe that the murder of Terri Schiavo is much more different. Much more humane. Clean and sanitary it will be carried out under doctor supervision in a hospital setting. Similar to how Dr. Karl Brandt and the "doctors" who operated the T-4 Euthanasia Program operated. Its all legal and stuff you know because after all, a judge ordered it.

Its really that easy. With complete impunity and disregard for Terri Schiavo's rights as enshrined in our Constitution an omnipotent black-robed tyrant such as Judge Greer and his cohorts can take the law into their own hands and by "court order" torture and starve Terri Schiavo to death thereby attempting to end her now useless and unproductive life with the simple stroke of a pen.

Of course subjecting Terri to "cruel and unusual" punishment by starving and dehydrating her to to death is not quite as serious as say... putting a pair of panties on her head and snapping a few photographs. But then again our nation's soldiers unlike our nation's judges are held accountable for their actions and when they violate someone's rights in the course of their duties they are duly charged and prosecuted.

We owe it not only to Terri but to ourselves as Americans to see that all of those who have trampled Terri's rights and subjected her to not only torture but "cruel and unusual punishment" are brought to trial and convicted of their crimes and that includes Judge Greer and his cohorts.

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