Bill C-407 is not about allowing a "death with dignity". This bill legalizes euthanasia and assisted suicide for people suffering chronic physical and mental pain.The author of the website is an end-of-life palliative caregiver who sees through the death-with-dignity charade because she knows better. With thanks and cognac to papijoe at Marlowe's Shade.
Bill C-407 does not require that a person at least try effective treatments for their chronic physical or mental pain. It states that a person qualifies for euthanasia even if they have refused to try effect treatments.
Bill C-407 is not about "death with dignity" for competent people. This bill legalizes euthanasia and assisted suicide for people who "appear to be lucid". What does that mean?
Bill C-407 is not about "physician aid-in-dying". This bill allows anyone to euthanize or assist the suicide of anyone,
so long as they are "assisted by a medical practitioner", and act in the way indicated by the person who asks to die.
Bill C-407 allows a person to kill another person, if that person asks to die. Once society allows one person to kill another it becomes impossible to protect persons who are otherwise viewed as a burden on society.
MUNICH - German carmaker BMW detailed Wednesday how it became part of the Nazi system, employing forced labour and concentration camp inmates in its factories during the Second World War.
The company has led efforts by German industry to make amends, spearheading the huge Remembrance fund that paid lump-sum compensation to survivors in Israel and all over Europe in recent years.
It and MTU, the aircraft engine company that grew out of the former BMW aero-engine arm, jointly commissioned a historian, Constanze Werner, to study the corporate record during the Nazi era. She worked on the topic for six years.
Her book, "War Economy and Forced Labour", was published Wednesday, and joins other studies of how BMW helped the Nazis arm Germany.
"The book describes the process by which BMW got steadily more involved with the Nazi regime and its crimes, to the point where it deliberately employed forced labour and concentration camp inmates," Werner said.
The Nazis press-ganged people from France, Poland and other nations to work in German factories at low pay in bad conditions.
Israel has never lived without a threat to its existence. The truth of the matter is that Israel has never been accepted as a permanent nation within the Middle East by the 22 Arab nations, and much of the broader Muslim world. First the Arabs fought to prevent Jewish settlement within Palestine, and then fought the UN partition plan to create two states within the British mandate territory. After the British left, and Israel declared its statehood in 1948, the war against it resumed. The history of Zionism is a history of terrorism and war, but through it all, the tenacity of a people building and defending their new state.
The best chronicler of the history of Zionism and the rebirth of the Jewish nation was the Irish writer Connor Cruise O’Brien. O’Brien served for several years as part of his nation’s delegation to the United Nations. Due only to the accident of the spelling of his country’s name, O’Brien as Ireland’s representative, was seated between the representatives of Israel and Iraq. As O’Brien recalls, he was not asked to pass any messages between the two. O’Brien’s book, The Siege, is a comprehensive history of Zionism and Israel though the year 1986. It is a sympathetic portrait and history, the kind that almost no European could or would write today.
Of course in Europe, Israel is regarded as a much graver threat to world peace than Iran. In a survey conducted across Western European countries last year, Israel and the US were ranked one and two as the greatest threats to world peace. A separate survey several months ago found that almost 40% of Germans believed that the US itself was behind the 9/11 attacks, so as to provide an excuse for war against Muslim nations. In a separate survey in Germany, half of those polled indicated that Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians were as bad or worse than those committed by Germany against the Jews in World War 2. The fact that Germans have built a lot of new museums to commemorate the Jews they slaughtered, does not mean they have developed a new and better attitude to the Jews who are still alive, or grown a new moral sensibility.
But Germany is hardly alone in its attitudes about Israel, or America. In Norway, Israeli produce, at the demand of several left wing unions, is now marked with a Jewish star in the supermarket, making it easily identifiable, and facilitating a boycott of the products. Norway is proof that you can hate Jews even when you have almost none of them in your country.
In France the non-fiction bestseller for half a year was a book trying to prove that the attack against the Pentagon on 9/11 was faked, and never occurred. There are major events that are in fact faked, though not the Pentagon attack, which killed 200 people plus 50 more on the plane that hit it. As reported in Commentary in September, in a stunning article by Nidra Poller, the supposed shooting of Muhammad al Dura at the Netzarim junction in Gaza two days after Ariel Sharon’s visit to the Temple Mount in 2000, was in all likelihood staged. French TV’s Channel 2 provided the film of the “event" to stations around the world, and this story, more than any other event, ignited the second intifada, which has so far taken 1,500 Jewish lives, and 4,000 Palestinian lives. Al Dura is the martyr that many of the young suicide bombers have named in the short films they make before their own attacks.
Iran is permitting around 25 high-ranking al Qaeda members to roam free in the country's capital, including three sons of Osama bin Laden, a German monthly magazine reported on Wednesday.
Citing information from unnamed Western intelligence sources, the magazine Cicero said in a preview of an article appearing in its November edition that the individuals in question are from Egypt, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia and Europe.
They are living in houses belonging to Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the report said.
"This is not incarceration or house arrest," a Western intelligence agent was quoted as saying. "They can move around as they please."
The three sons of Osama bin Laden in Iran are Saeed, Mohammad and Othman, Cicero reported. Another person enjoying the support of the Revolutionary Guards is al Qaeda spokesman Abu Ghaib, the report said.
Iran first said late last year that it had arrested and would try a number of foreigners suspected of having links to al Qaeda, a loose network of military groups that Washington blames for the attacks of September 11, 2001 and bomb attacks in Spain, Indonesia, Egypt and elsewhere.
The report in Cicero also accused the Revolutionary Guards' secret service of offering logistical support and military training to senior al Qaeda leaders.
Iran has repeatedly denied any link to or support of al Qaeda.
Britain and the United States suspect Iran of supporting insurgents in Iraq, a charge Tehran has vehemently denied.