Medicine Without Mercy
In October, 1939, Adolf Hitler signed an authorization on his own personal stationery allowing German doctors to murder ill and physically and mentally handicapped children. This authorization launched the infamous Nazi euthanasia program T-4 (for Tiergarten 4, tthe office address) in which several hundred thousand disabled minors and grownups, classified as ‘leben lebensunwert’ (life unworthy of life), were killed simply because of the way they were born. Their murder was the beginning of the Nazi genocide and was to be followed by the Jewish Holocaust. More than seven decades later, modern-day Belgium is reviving the Nazi nightmare of state-sponsored child murder and has even gone Hitler one better.
In another major, destructive blow to Western civilization’s Judeo-Christian moral order, and one that represents a steep plunge downwards toward another holocaust of its own making, Belgium’s King Philippe signed into law early in March a bill allowing euthanasia for children and dementia sufferers upon request. It is this inclusion of children, however, and the barbarism of permitting them to request their own deaths, that the legislation’s opponents most deplore.
“We are saddened and fearful for the future after this law to extend euthanasia to children without any age limit,” Belgium’s Catholic bishops’ conference said in a statement.
With the royal signature, Belgium became the first country to legally allow the killing of children at any age and to provide legal protection for the killers. And in passing this dreadful legislation, the Belgians have actually exceeded Hitler, as the Nazi leader never legalized his euthanasia program, fearing internal resistance, especially from the churches.
Belgium’s ruling Socialist Party, which sponsored the bill, had no such qualms about any civil resistance it might face in largely secular and Marxist-influenced Belgian society. Legislators in Belgium’s lower legislature approved in February by a vote of 86 to 44 the euthanasia legislation for terminally ill children who are experiencing “constant and unbearable suffering.'
“The idea is to update the law to take better account of dramatic situations and extremely harrowing cases we must find a response to,” said Socialist Party leader Thierry Giet.
Besides Belgium’s socialists,’ a “strong majority” of Belgians was reported to have supported the bill. Opponents included religious leaders, conservative politicians, and 160 paediatricians who signed a letter stating “there was no urgent need for the law.” However, in another letter, 16 Belgian paediatricians backed the legislation.
Regarding having children ask for their own deaths, the bill states they must understand the nature and consequences of their request. The bill’s supporters term this ‘capacity of discernment’, which, I’m sure, sick children with little life experience possess in abundance concerning such a profound matter, which even many adults cannot bring themselves to undertake. At least one parent’s written consent has to accompany his/her offspring’s request to die as well as approval by a medical team.
In truth, the request provision is simply a displacing of responsibility from the killers to the tiny victims who, in their innocence and vulnerability, can probably be easily persuaded by adults that their murder is for their own good, not understanding the importance and irreversibility of their decision. In asking for death, gravely ill children may even believe they will be helping their parents by not being a burden to them.
The trailblazer in modern-day child euthanasia is actually Belgium’s neighbour, Holland. Holland was the first European country to betray its Judeo-Christian heritage regarding the sanctity of life when it legalised euthanasia in 2001. Holland also has the dubious distinction of leading the way in legally killing babies. The country’s euthanasia policy was expanded in 2006 to babies born with ‘severe’ birth defects. Euthanasia is still illegal for persons under age 12 in Holland, but children can still be medically murdered as long as a protocol, worked out between the University of Groningen paediatric department and a prosecutor, is followed. In such cases, the Dutch legal system leaves the killers alone.
Belgium followed Holland in legalising euthanasia in 2002. Originally, it was meant only for gravely ill adults suffering unbearable physical pain. Now, it includes those who are experiencing “unbearable psychological suffering.” So relatively healthy people are now being killed, among them a person who underwent a failed sex-change operation. So it is no wonder the number of euthanasia victims in Belgium has gone from 24 people in 2002 to 1,342 in 2012. All of which proves that early opponents of euthanasia were right when they claimed its boundaries would constantly expand, becoming a slippery slope.
Holland is another country where euthanasia appears out of control. In 2011, 3,695 people were reported medically killed, including 13 psychiatric patients, while 4,188 died by euthanasia in 2012. This accounted for three per cent of all deaths in the country and the number is rising every year.
“The Dutch experience shows that euthanasia becomes routine,” said one British anti-euthanasia activist.
While the killing of psychiatric and dementia patients was also a Nazi trademark, perhaps more frightening is that, in 2012, a Dutch pro-euthanasia organization created mobile euthanasia units. In their eagerness to kill, these euthanasia supporters send a medical team, equipped with a lethal injection, to the homes of people who legally qualify for euthanasia but whose family doctors refuse to do it. This is quite a reversal of the traditional family doctor house call.
This ‘Death on Wheels’ operation is very reminiscent of the Nazi vans used in eastern Germany and parts of Poland, that would go to institutions for physically and mentally handicapped people and kill them with carbon monoxide. But while the Nazis wrote “Kaisers Kaffee Geschaft” (Emperor’s Coffee Company) on their vans to disguise their homicidal activities, the Dutch have made no attempt to hide theirs, openly calling their vehicles “Levenseinde” (Life End) units.
Some may find it ironic that the sponsors of the euthanasia laws in Holland and Belgium were doctors. One, Els Borst, is a former Dutch cabinet minister (Borst was found dead in her garage in February and police suspect foul play), while the other is Phillipe Mahoux, a Belgian surgeon and socialist senator. But this shouldn’t surprise when one considers the voluntary, heavy presence of physicians in the Nazi euthanasia program. All of which demonstrates that this urge to kill is a deep, permanent fixture in some segments of medical communities.
And like the Nazi physicians, euthanasia doctors nowadays believe they are doing no wrong. In regards to Belgium, Mahoux said: “This is an act of humanity that allows doctors to take the most humane course of action for his patient.” But in Henry Friedlander’s book, The Origins of Nazi Genocide, one can also read similar words of justification. After the war, Friedlander writes that Hitler’s doctors also justified the euthanasia killing operation, saying it provided a ‘mercy death’, which ‘was based on ethical principles of sympathy’.
“They looked upon their participation in the killing process as a normal medical practice..” states Friedlander.
The reason for Belgium’s unprecedented child-murder legislation is that Western civilization is in the grips of a death cult, like the Nazi, Communist, and Islamist ones. As Judeo-Christian values recede in Western countries, the more such abominations associated with death worship, such as abortion, paedophilia, bestiality, and euthanasia, will appear as the continent reverts back to a pre-Christian paganism. It is therefore no coincidence that Holland and Belgium, two of Europe’s most secularised and dechristianized societies, have legalised euthanasia. They and Luxembourg are the only ones -- so far.
And like the Nazi, Communist, and Islamist death cults, this Western one also demands human sacrifices to its god of death. The reason children make the most worthy sacrificial offerings, and are thus being targeted for murder, is because they are the essence of life and God-like in their image and innocence as well as the life-giving center of every family and community. It is in their killing and sacrifice that these ‘thanatophiles’ (death worshippers) can truly show their hatred for life and reverence for death.
Love of children is deeply embedded in the Judeo-Christian tradition. So special are they that Jesus offers them his special protection and saves his most severe warnings for those who would harm them. So in killing children, Western death cultists are diminishing God’s presence in the world as well as sending a disturbing message: Christianity is dead in our societies. This message is simply a progression from the one multiculturalism transmitted earlier, namely, that Western countries are no longer Christian.
Euthanasia, especially child euthanasia (or infanticide, as it should be properly called), is also a progression, but from abortion, the first great victory of the Western death cultists. The Nazi holocaust could be said to have started before 1939 with the abortion and sterilization of those considered ‘leben lebensunwert’. It next attacked handicapped children before moving on to disabled adults. After perfecting their killing methods on these innocents, the Nazis then murdered the Jews and Gypsys.
Western civilization is following the same trajectory as the Nazi holocaust. First, abortion was legalized and then euthanasia, which has desensitized and weakened the Western conscience against murder. And as this seemingly unstoppable death spiral continues, one can only ask: Who will be next?