March 30, 2006
Exporting MurderTopics: Commentary
Zimbabwe has a thoroughly corrupt government that has brought the once prosperous nation to ruin by systematically destroying the economy while engaging in fraudulent elections, encouraging campaigns of intimidation and murder, eliminating the free press, creating massive groups of homeless squatters and persecuting critics.
As you read, you may have already concluded that this article is about the detrimental impact the government of Zimbabwe has had on African nations and the world at large as a result of its gross human rights violations. However, despite Zim's gangs of government thugs and whispers of conspiracy, the nation exporting murder is the United States.
You see, euthanasia is illegal in Zimbabwe. At least it was until the nation watched with interest the plight of Terri Schiavo.
The story, detailed by WordNetDaily's Diana Lynne, begins with a Zimbabwean woman who has lived the same nightmare as the parents and siblings of Terri Schiavo:
She was kept from the hospice bedside of her 42-year-old child at the hour of death. Several weeks have since passed and she remains in the dark as to where her child's spouse buried the cremated remains. In the place of consolation, the spouse offers the grieving mother derision and spite. The mother's crime? Opposing the spouse's dogged pursuit of her child's death over the past seven years.
The mother's name is Susan Colquhoun. She lives in Harare, Zimbabwe. Her nightmare mirrors that of Mary Schindler, mother of Terri Schiavo, the 41-year-old brain-injured woman who died one year ago tomorrow following the court-ordered removal of her feeding tube.It turns out that doctors hired by Stephen Coquhoun's wife labeled him as being in a permanent vegetative state, which is essentially a death sentence, "although no tests were ever taken to assess his level of consciousness."
a prominent neurosurgeon from South Africa flew to Harare to examine Stephen and reported there were signs of cognizance, but could not determine how much damage had occurred or how long he could survive.The reason for stopping rehabilitation also appears to mirror Terri's case.
Like Michael Schiavo, Zana Colquhoun, who already was dating another man, decided her spouse needed to die. Her apparent change of heart coincided with the e-mailed prognosis from the lightning-strike victims' expert, whom neither met nor examined Stephen. S he suggested he would be better off dead. The recommended course of action from this prominent physician was to introduce Stephen to the "old man's friend," which is a euphemism in the medical community for pneumonia left untreated until death ensues.Here is where the United States fits into the equation:
Susan Colquhoun sees no coincidence in the eerie parallels between her family's ordeal and that of the Schindlers continents away. She believes the death of Terri Schiavo lit the fuse of euthanasia around the world. "Terri Schiavo" became a household name in Zimbabwe, as elsewhere.The murder of Terri Schiavo has created a boldness among euthanasia proponents and euphoria among death oriented physicians. George Felos, and his icon of euthanasia, Michael Schiavo, understood that the battle involving Terri Schiavo was much bigger than the life of one woman. And although the press willingly reports Michael's assertion that this was a private matter between his wife and him, the characters and the methods parallel other similar cases (e.g., Nancy Cruzan) down to the inscription on the victims' tombstones. The public battle reflects an underground death oriented revolution that began in this country over 20 years ago. Lynne details it in her book, Terri's Story.
What we've seen to date is merely the tip of the iceberg. Euthanasia is practiced on a regular basis. As Michael Schiavo recently said, "Feeding tubes are removed every day."
Posted by tim at March 30, 2006 3:25 PM
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