I heard a story the other day about a new medical procedure that could spell some relief for people with a terminal/debilitating disease. Good news I say. Patients were upbeat. The doctors and medical community – not so much. “Don’t get your hopes up,” they say, “until more study is done.”
“Don’t get you hopes up!” Why not? You get a terminal diagnosis, what in the hell else do you have but hope? Ridiculous and it just shows how out of touch the medical communitity is with the patient population.
Why not go this route. “Sir/Ma’am you have x and it is incurable. It is probably going to make you wheel-chair or bedridden and then you are going to die. BUT WE HAVE HOPE! HOPE AND MORE HOPE THAT THE RESEARCH THAT IS GOING ON NOW IS GOING TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT IS GOING TO HELP YOU BEAT THIS! AND DAMN IT WE ARE NOT GIVING UP HOPE!”
But now we get:
“You are probably going to be bed ridden or wheelchair bound and then die. There is a lot of research taking place, but don’t get your hopes up that something is going to help. Have a nice day.”
I know which one I would like to hear.
Then we have Federal Goverment on the mat being chastised for maybe sending Taliban detainees to Afghan prisons where they may/probably were tortured. What ever happened to perspective. These are Taliban fighters and I am sure there are regular Afghan citizens that would like to provide their own brand of justice on the men that have set off suicide bombs in middle of innocent civilians. The men that have thrown acid in the faces of women and girls who have dared to wear makeup. Slaughtered men and women who have had the nerve to try and provide an education to the children, boys and girls, of their communities. And the list goes on.
Does this make torture right. NO- Not in any case. But the Canadian forces have stopped prisoner transfers of detainees on numerous times and have told the Afghan government to straighten up their act or the money gets cut off. We knew some of the Afghan policies were distasteful and we knew it was going to take time to get things right.
But we have had the perspective taken away. The process is ongoing and heading in the right direction. The crimes that may have taken place are not unique to only one country in the world. But we are trying to do the best we can and in trying conditions. It is not easy to create a vibrant, country with a free and fair democracy, a free and just legal system and a strong legal economy.
But HEY. some prisoners may have been mistreated and we are BAD BAD PEOPLE.
Give me a break and a little hope please.
Until then I remain,
A Sour Kraut.