In 1865, almost 13,000 Union soldiers at the Confederate Andersonville POW camp died of neglect, starvation, and malnutrition.
In 1933, an estimated seven million troublesome residents of Ukraine were deliberately starved by Josef Stalin.
Last year, 4 boys were denied food and starved nearly to death by their adoptive parents.
A sad litany. So, what do they all these people have common? Well, according to The New York Times they all met with a "gentle death":
But medical experts say that the process of dying that begins when
food and fluids cease is relatively straightforward, and can cause
"From the data that is available, it is not a horrific thing at
all," said Dr. Linda Emanuel, the founder of the Education for
Physicians in End-of-Life Care Project at Northwestern University.
Once food and water stop, death usually comes in about two weeks, and
is caused by effects of dehydration, not the loss of nutrition, said
Dr. Sean Morrison, a professor of geriatrics and palliative care at
Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. "They generally slip into a
peaceful coma," he said. "It’s very quiet, it’s very dignified – it’s
Well, there you go. I trust that the abuse charges against the parents in the incidents above will be dropped immediate. They weren’t hurting their kids, after all, just hastening their journey toward a "dignified" "gentle" and "peaceful" exit from this veil of tears. And in today’s violent world, what more can a loving parent offer?
In all seriousness, this NYT article is one of the most offensively patronizing pieces of propaganda I’ve ever read, anywhere. No, I’m not a "medical expert", but if you try to tell me that death by starvation and deyhdration is a pleasant and desirable way to go then I’m going to call you a idiot and a liar.
Death by witholding food and water results in a slow, agnoizing, and painful death, which is why it’s regarded as curel torture and forbidden by civilized society. It’s the sort of thing that happens in Nazi concentration camps, not in hospitals.
At least it used to be.
via Roger L. Simon, who has lots more to say on the subject