Starving to death?
This Terri Schiavo sitation is dominating the American news at the moment - every news broadcast is dominated by it. Last night several children (yes, children) were arrested for trying to break into the hospice to give Terri Schiavo some water. I fear this whole situation is being used in a wider political debate and I don't like that one family's tragedy is being smeared all over the media right now.
But listening to the pro-lifers is really making me think. They talk about how starving to death is cruel, they talk about the importance of providing medical care and sustenance to human beings.
I don't know what I think about the Terri Schiavo case. But I know this - around 35,000 people die daily of unnecessary starvation and around 842 million people are starving right now, people we know for sure to be sentient. (Statistics from starvation.net)
If only people cared as much about feeding them as they seem to for Terri Schiavo. If only our news reports were filled with these thousands and thousands of daily tragedies. If only there was the same outrage, the same political involvement (I've not seen George W cut his holiday short for the sake of Sudanese victims of genocide or the starving millions in Africa recently) and the same level of concern for these millions as for Terri Schiavo...