The Capture of Saddam: Great News for Americans and Iraqis, Bad News for the Liberals and the Main Stream News Media ! Written by J.R.
The recent capture of Saddam Hussein by U.S. Military was great news for American and Iraqi people. Across our nation news of his capture was met with hoops, hollers, and smiles. The news was especially good for Iraqi Americans. Cheers went up at New York Jets- Pittsburgh Steelers game on that Sunday, after President Bush's announcement was broadcast over stadium loud speakers. Arab Americans were dancing in streets, celebrating, waving American and Iraqi flags. What a great day for Iraqi people and what a great day for America and U.S. Military!
The Iraqi newspapers reacted with joy and relief to news of Saddam's capturer, one of publications printing Iraq was a "Nation swimming in Sunshine".
The main stream news media in America apparently didn't have same enthusiasm as it's Iraqi counterparts. A Washington Post reporter stated on NBC Meet Press. "The one thing to remember is that, even though we've got Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden is still out there." A New York Times reporter wrote that Hussein's capture was a Bush Vendetta. Today Show host Katie Couric called Saddams capture mostly symbolic. A Boston Globe reporter whined that Saddams capture "changes nothing". A Jordanian newspaper, Al-Rai Daily, even tried to blame a 70 year old woman's death on capture of Saddam Hussein, stating that woman was so overcome with sadness that she died of a heart attack. (Give me a break)
Of course you had mixed message statements of No Clue Nine (democratic nomination candidates) mostly stating that Saddam's capture was a good thing BUT... . You had Rep. Baghdad Jim Mc Dermott who stated that he believes that Bush administration knew all along where Saddam was and waited until now to get him to gain political points. Not to be outdone by a fellow democrat, former secretary of State under Clinton administration, Madeline Aldim, oops I mean Albright, suggested to Roll Call Editor Mort kondracke, that Bush administration may have already caught Osama Bin Laden and was waiting until next October to release information as an 'October Surprise'.
The Case For Terri Schiavo's Right To Live ! Written by J.R.
By now anyone who watches news on television, listens to news on radio, or reads a newspaper has heard of Terri Schiavo case. Terri Schiavo, a woman, who at age 26, collapsed and suffered brain damage under ambiguous circumstances, is said to be in a constant vegetative state according to her husband, Michael Schiavo. Mr. Schiavo wants to have her feeding tube removed so that she will die and says that's what Terri would have wanted.
The Schindlers, Terri's parents, have been fighting a 10 year legal battle with Mr. Schiavo, their son-in-law, in regards to Terri's condition, and maintain that she could be rehabilitated through therapy. The Schindlers argue that Terri is alert, wants to live.
Terri Schiavo did not leave any written documentation that she wanted to die if she were ever in this circumstance, all we have to go by is word of her husband who states that Terri had told him that she would not want to be kept alive by artificial means if anything happened to her. Some questions arise here. Did Terri actually say this? If she did, was it said in passing, figuring it would never really happen to her?
Who among us has not said this to someone in passing if we saw someone in this condition. But do we really mean it? We say a lot of foolish things in life when we are young and not confronted with actual circumstances that Terri now lives.
Other questions need to be answered. Shortly after Terri suffered brain damage, Michael Schiavo sued for medical malpractice. After telling a jury that he intended to care for Terri for rest of his life, he was awarded a sizeable sum to do so. According to a lawsuit filed by Schindlers, Schiavo who was already involved in other relationships, decided on another course of action, interfering with Terri's medical and rehabilitative therapy, and later seeking to end her life by filing an for authorization to discontinue artificial life support.
What happened to Mr. Schiavo's claim that Terri would not want to live under these circumstances when he sued for malpractice and said he would take care of Terri for rest of his life? What happened to Mr. Schiavo's wedding vows to Terri, "In sickness and in health".