The Incredible Shrinking Obamuslim Presidency

Once again Obama goes on another trip and something major happens — like a terrorist attack — to overshadow his trip. No, it does not derail his plans or the trip, he goes on in spite of it. Party on!

Seen at a baseball game after making a short statement about Brussels, Obama got right into full swing of doing the wave with Castro in a photo op. Then he skittles off to Argentina, again making a short reference to the terrorism in Brussels. In Cuba he called it the scourge of terrorism. Very clever wording but it is the scourge of Islamic terrorism.

Now news comes out that ISIS bombing numbers again declined in February.

Bloomberg News

The U.S. and its allies last month dropped the fewest bombs on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria since June, even though defense officials say the campaign to defeat the terrorist group has been accelerating.

U.S.-led forces dropped 2,054 munitions last month, down from 2,694 in January and 3,139 in December, according to Air Force data.

The U.S. has dropped fewer munitions per sortie against Islamic State targets than in any operation since the Cold War ended because this campaign “has been extremely difficult to prosecute” Harmer said.

As of next year, hopefully we will not have a Muslim Spokesperson-in-Chief in the WH. Wouldn’t it be novel to take terrorism seriously rather than make excuses for it? Wouldn’t it be nice if every WH trip or photo-op was not accompanied by some disaster; and another lecture of Obama’s was not followed by events to the contrary?

Euthanasia expanded to children in Belgium

Belgium’s parliament votes through child euthanasia

BBC.com

Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions.

When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.

It may be requested by terminally ill children who are in great pain and also have parental consent.

Opponents argue children cannot make such a difficult decision.

It is 12 years since Belgium legalised euthanasia for adults.

In the Netherlands, Belgium’s northern neighbour, euthanasia is legal for children over the age of 12, if there is parental consent.

Conditions for child euthanasia

  • Patient must be conscious of their decision
  • Request must be approved by parents and medical team
  • Illness must be terminal
  • Patient must be in great pain with no treatment available to alleviate their distress

Under the Dutch conditions, a patient’s request for euthanasia can be fulfilled by a doctor if the request is “voluntary and well-considered” and the patient is suffering unbearably, with no prospect of improvement.

‘Immoral’ law

One man in the public gallery of Belgium’s parliament shouted “murderers” in French when the vote was passed, Reuters news agency reports.

Supporters of the legislation argue that in practice the law will affect an extremely small number of children, who would probably be in their teens, the BBC’s Duncan Crawford reports from Brussels.

The law states a child would have to be terminally ill, face “unbearable physical suffering” and make repeated requests to die – before euthanasia is considered.

Parents, doctors and psychiatrists would have to agree before a decision is made.

Protesters have lobbied politicians against the changes.

Church leaders argued the law is immoral.

“The law says adolescents cannot make important decisions on economic or emotional issues, but suddenly they’ve become able to decide that someone should make them die,” Brussels Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, head of the Catholic Church in Belgium, said at a prayer vigil last week.

Some pediatricians have warned vulnerable children could be put at risk and have questioned whether a child can really be expected to make such a difficult choice.

Last week 160 Belgian pediatricians signed an open letter against the law, claiming that there was no urgent need for it and that modern medicine is capable of alleviating pain.

But opinion polls have suggested broad support for the changes in Belgium, which is mostly Catholic.

BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26181615

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Other sources reported a condition that the child understand the decision is final.