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Hot Flash: A Plank in Europe's Eye

Alan W. Dowd

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I live in a so-called Red state (and proudly so). Surrounded by other Red states and insulated from many of the transatlantic comings-and-goings upon which our neighbors in "Blue America" seem to thrive, Red states are sometimes written off as disinterested in Europe or even anti-European...

As someone who believes in the importance of transatlantic cooperation, I often remind my fellow Red-staters that Europe and America have much more in common than in contrast. After all, many of our families emigrated from Europe. Our grandfathers and fathers returned to Europe to liberate it from Hitler and protect it from Moscow...

Not unlike a family, we members of the transatlantic community feel entitled to offer constructive criticism of one another. Europeans have done so with gusto in recent years, especially regarding America's willingness--even eagerness--to employ military force, its embrace of capital punishment and its overt religiousness. Those of us who try to translate these critiques for our countrymen--whether in Blue states, Red, or Purple--may find it harder to do so in the wake of Groningen.

As the Associated Press reported earlier this month, doctors at the Groningen Academic Hospital admit that they have been euthanizing infants at least since 2000. In fact, Wesley Smith of the Discovery Institute unearthed a 1997 study concluding that about eight percent of all infants who die each year in the Netherlands are euthanized. According to Smith, "The study found that a shocking 45 percent of neo-natologists and 31 percent of pediatricians who responded to questionnaires had killed infants." Worse yet, "Approximately 21 percent of the infant euthanasia deaths occurred without request or consent of parents."

Alan W. Dowd is a regular columnist for TAEmag.com and a senior fellow at Sagamore Institute for Policy Research.

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Posted 12/16/04



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