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March 31, 2007

Exporting Murder

Topics: Euthanasia

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.

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.

"I knew the moment I learned of Terri's demise, my son would have less than six months of life left to him, unless I could get him out of the hospice and under the care of a doctor who cared enough to help," Colquhoun wrote WND. "I believe to this day, they refused to let me take him out, because he was a living testimony to the practice of deliberate negligence leading to ensured fatality. Nothing I can do or say will bring my son back to me, but I cannot remain silent while so many innocent human beings are suffering in silence under a sentence of death imposed on them by a society that has lost all sense of value for human life."

"The Third World takes very careful note of what goes on in the USA, as it is regarded as the most powerful country in the world, as indeed it is," she continued. "What the USA does must be right - ergo - to dispatch human waste because it offends, or because the law considers it useless to let someone unfortunate enough to suffer [brain injury] ... continue their right to live."

In addition to the global precedent set by the death of Terri Schiavo, Colquhoun draws a more direct tie between the U.S. and her son's death. The physician her family first consulted over the Internet for expert medical advice on treating lightning-strike victims was located in the U.S. In an e-mail to the Colquhoun family, the doctor suggested Stephen would be better off being helped out of this world through "old man's friend." And that is where Susan Colquhoun's nightmare, and Stephen's dying, began.

As in the United States, euthanasia is illegal in Zimbabwe. But if you ask Susan Colquhoun, euthanasia takes place under cover of malpractice and medical negligence.

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 31, 2007 5:51 AM

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