Sunday, June 24, 2007

Destroying human life in the hopes of saving human life is not ethical

President Bush’s public statement, given at the White House, justifying his second veto of a bill liberalizing stem cell research restrictions, included the following:

“Destroying human life in the hopes of saving human life is not ethical -- and it is not the only option before us.”

I could not help but juxtapose this against a report in the Economist magazine entitled “Unfriendly Fire.” It described the inadvertent killing of seven Afgan policemen by American air strikes. A second example of unfriendly fire was the bombing of a Medrassa, alleged to be an Al Quaeda hideout, that killed seven children.

This incidents, of course, are only two recent excerpts from a long litany of similar events in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Am I the only one struck by an apparent inconsistency between President Bush’s stem cell and foreign policies?

1 Comments:

Anonymous shahryar said...

Nice insight. Actually I always believed that double standards are what that keep the west always in conflict with the rest.

1:32 AM  

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