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Friday, March 18, 2005
I don't know what exactly to think of the situation involving Terri Schiavo because of the disputes over what is in fact the case.
For instance, Manuel Roig-Franzia and William Branigin of The Washington Post write today, "[c]ourt-appointed doctors say she is in a persistent vegetative state," but Schiavo's parents appear to have a much different view. Abby Goodnough and Maria Newman of The New York Times write today, "her parents... believe she responds to them and want her to be kept alive by providing her with nutrition through a tube."
Chris Johnston of Times Online writes (March 18), "[d]octors say she has no hope of recovery, and Michael Schiavo says that his wife told him years ago that if anything ever happened to her she would not want to be kept alive artificially," but you can hear a lot of very different things on right wing talk radio.
If somebody tried to clarify what was true according to the rules of science and did so in a manner that attempted to explain what the basis for other view points was, would they be believed or trusted?
I doubt it.
One thing that can be heard on right wing talk radio is that this is about society being increasingly willing to kill. What a joke. Today's the second anniversary of the beginning of the invasion stage of the U.S. war in Iraq. 100,000 or so Iraqis have been killed in the process, or maybe it was roughly 20,000, and virtually nobody wants to talk about them. The Sean Hannitys certainly don't. And what about all the millions who die from starvation each year? We could just feed a lot of them if we really wanted to, just as we could continue to feed to Schiavo… if we really wanted to.