Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Eluana Englaro has died.

I've been following the story of this poor woman, and her father's struggle to let his daughter die in peace for a while now. My interest in her was ratcheted up to the nth degree by that disgusting base foul Silvio Berlusconi's comments earlier in the week.
The Italian prime minister- after consultation with the Vatican- issued an emergency decree stating that food and water couldn't be suspended for any patient depending upon them, reversing an earlier court ruling. On issuing the emergency decree, Berlusconi declared: "This is murder. I would be failing to rescue her. I'm not a Pontius Pilate."

"Justifying his campaign to save Englaro's life, the prime minister added that, physically at least, she was "in the condition to have babies", a remark described by La Stampa newspaper as "shocking"."

Honestly, what a fucking cruel joke, 'in the condition to have babies.' How? How? By raping her? By impregnating her body when her mind is no longer available to give or refuse consent. What a disgusting clown that man is. Women are just baby making vessels to him. Alive or not, cognisant or not.
How can anyone look at this poor woman and her family and not see it as anything but a mercy to let her die. How can it be turned into a political circus?

The Vatican's "health minister", Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán, expressed the hope that "The Lord would receive her and pardon whoever has brought her to this point." The Roman Catholic hierarchy has vigorously backed the Berlusconi government's efforts to thwart what it claimed was an attempt to introduce euthanasia into Italy by the backdoor.

Revive her? If such a deity existed he had 17 years to revive her and didn't bother to do so. The woman was dead. She died in a car crash in 1992. Poor Beppino, her father, I hope he is allowed to grieve in peace.
And as for that cretin Berlusconi, may his balls wither and die on the vine long before his brain.



Blogger Conan Drumm said...

Didn't follow the case but Berlusconi is one of those walking moral/ideological barometers - anything he's 'for' I'm against.

11:09 a.m.  
Anonymous Fiona said...

Hear hear!

11:13 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

His comments during the week completely floored me, like all of Eluana's remaining worth was tied up in the possibility of her womb being in working order. It actually made me feel sick wheh I thought about the implications behind his words.

11:24 a.m.  
Blogger morgor said...

Didn't follow the case but Berlusconi is one of those walking moral/ideological barometers - anything he's 'for' I'm against.

haha, perfect description.

He'd make a fine addition to FF.

I lived with an Italian who is refusing to go back to Italy until he's gone.

11:44 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the things Berlusconi regularly come out with you'd wonder how he gets elected. Oh wait, I've remembered. Something to do with controlling large chunks of the media and keeping dodgy company in business.

1:17 p.m.  
Blogger morgor said...

oh, and giving generous pensions to the elderly just before an election and then reneging on his promises.

Oh and being in league with the mafia (according to my italian ex-flatmate) who make voters take pictures of how they voted on their mobiles.

1:24 p.m.  
Blogger Twenty Major said...

I used to work with an Italian and he had a great sense of humour. Call him Berlusconi and he went mad though.

So naturally I called him Berlusconi a lot.

1:37 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

He's pretty vile, calling Obama 'tanned' and suggesting Italain women get raped because they're just so gosh darned beautiful. Vile. Just vile.

2:47 p.m.  
Anonymous Penny Century said...

Bravo! Berlusconi is a disgusting pig, and his chums in the Vatican aren't much better.

3:07 p.m.  
Anonymous Penelope_CA said...

Ugh...echos of the Terry Schiavo case here a few years ago when the goverment stepped in with special legislation.

My thoughts go out to the deceased and her family.

3:34 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

Berlusconi is such a fucking repulsive caveman.

3:51 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baby making machines...that's it exactly FMC.

4:57 p.m.  
Anonymous problemchildbride said...

What a troglodyte. I always thought so but this takes the bloody biscotti. The man's an unbelievable arse.

6:52 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

He's a real piece of trash all right.

7:00 p.m.  
Blogger Manuel said...

time to leave clear and precise instructions me thinks.....

11:08 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm italian.

I live so close to Switzerland, in a palce where Berlusconi gathered LOTS of votes. The problem with that man is not only he is a darn maverick, but also the alternatives to him are horrifying...
He uses politics for his own businesses. He didn't care about Eluana Englaro as I don't care about pebbles in my garden. He said what he said only to reassure the powerful catholic establishment he is on their damn side.
I wish we'll have an "italian Obama", able to change things but the problem here is Berlusconi owns THREE tv channels plus countless newspapers. He simply put a spell on people: pussy, silliness and misinformation are the recipe to keep italians ignorant. And many of them love to be ignorant...."hey, I have aBMW, a nice home and a fuckin' beautyful wife with nice thongs, this is life!".I'm so disgusted. I love my country, even now that we're in the hands of this idiot and his colleagues, but we urge for a change. I didn't read the phrase about Eluana being able to procreate...simply stunning.
We are the shame of Europe...

5:25 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

No you're not. His comments are vile but neither you or your country are responsible for that. Some of my better friends are Italian, a nicer bunch of people you could not meet,a dn they too are mortifed. It is unfortunate you have that ape as a leader, but then none of us can escape elected idiots. (I'm looking at you Bertie)

5:55 p.m.  
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