Friday, April 01, 2005

Oh the irony

I haven't seen this on any of my blog readings, so forgive me if I'm coincidentally repeating what someone else has written.

On the same morning that Terri Schiavo died, Army Captain Rogelio Maynulet was convicted in a court martial of "assault with intent to commit voluntary manslaughter" in the killing of a mortally wounded Iraqi insurgent.

What's so ironic? Well, Terri Schiavo was allowed to starve to death (though Michael's lawyer, that Felos scumbucket, incredibly denied that in the post-mortem press conference!) so she could die with "dignity" -- a word her so-called "husband" and his lawyer constantly used. Captain Maynulet was found guilty for what he maintains is the "mercy killing" of an Iraqi insurgent, who he wished to "put out of his misery."

Terri, on the other hand, was not dying until her feeding tube was removed. She was hardly mortally wounded. Michael Schiavo was not only cleared by the courts to let his wife starve to death, but many praise him for "courage" and "conviction" in doing so. Captain Maynulet, however, is facing up to 10 years in prison for his actions.

Update: perhaps I'm oversimplifying things, but both cases do come down to "mercy killing." One court gave the green light to a husband-in-name-only, who insisted it was "mercy" to let his wife starve to death, though she wasn't terminally ill at all. The other court said that it's not mercy to give a mortally wounded person a quick death, though that person was very much dying.

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