Monday, March 21, 2005

Are we repeating history? ...sieg heil?

I came across this tidbit of how the Nazi regime took care of the problem of what to do with people they deemed as the mentally and physically handicapped. Along with forced sterilizations, there was the "final" solution:

Forced sterilization in Germany was the forerunner of the systematic killing of the mentally ill and the handicapped. In October 1939, Hitler himself initiated a decree which empowered physicians to grant a "mercy death" to "patients considered incurable according to the best available human judgment of their state of health." The intent of the socalled "euthanasia" program, however, was not to relieve the suffering of the chronically ill. The Nazi regime used the term as a euphemism: its aim was to exterminate the mentally ill and the handicapped, thus "cleansing" the Aryan race of persons considered genetically defective and a financial burden to society.

Does this seem reminiscent of those who would see Terri Schiavo's life end via starvation and dehydration, as well as others who through the inability for self-care are deemed a burden on society? At least the Nazis tried sterilization first. Seems the culture of death in this nation has already passed go and collected their $200 on the matter. With all the comparisons being made of conservatives with nazis nowadays, one may entertain the idea that the pot is truly attempting to call the kettle black.