Genocidal US Racism
By Gideon Polya
23 March, 2005
Case continues to excite the US and indeed the World. However
it must be endlessly re-stated that such tragic medical matters should
be private - and left to patients (if possible), immediate family and
specialist medical staff.
American Religious Right has grossly intervened and turned the Schiavo
tragedy into a political circus - and in so doing has publicly raised
the spectre of a new American racism and, accordingly, an issue of major
importance to everyone in our US-dominated World.
If the US Congress,
Senate and President were GENUINE about setting a new, radical, high
level of respect for human life then the brou-haha, distress and vast
expense would be partially redeemed - but ONLY if this new respect were
to be applied to EVERYONE.
of human life has only been applied to one brain-damaged, white American
woman who, according to a plethora of medical experts, has been in an
irreversible, "persistent vegetative state" for 15 years.
There is NO evidence
that this new valuation will be applied in a practical sense to Black,
Hispanic or disadvantaged white Americans - and certainly NOT to non-European,
Muslim subjects of America in Occupied Iraq and Afghanistan.
If, as appears to
be the case, this high morality only applies to particular white Americans
then we have a dangerous, new and explicit escalation of the vicious
racism that has been entrenched in American society for centuries.
Media reports (e.g.
indicate that the annual cost of keeping a brain-damaged person alive
in a US hospice or hospital is about $100,000 and that the average annual
cost of associated on-going litigation is similarly about $100,000.
In comparison, consulting
the latest UNICEF (2005) report (http://www.unicef.org/)
we see that the 2004 per capita income in the US was about $40,000.
>From data provided
by the WHO World Health Report (2004) (http://www.who.int/whr/2004/en/)
we can estimate that the American 2004 per capita medical expenditure
was, in round figures, about $7,000.
The same WHO World
Health Report gives the latest available annual per capita medical expenditure
for Afghanistan (in 2001) as $8. It is reasonable to assume that the
annual per capita medical expenditure for post-invasion Afghanistan
would still be of the order of $10.
As estimated from
the medical literature, in 2004 the per capita medical expenditure in
Occupied Iraq was $37 (see my recent article in countercurrents.org
on US passive genocide in Iraq:
As we all know in
this marvellously globalised world, the value of things is typically
measured in US dollars.
We can accordingly
use the above data - derived from impeccably professional, publicly-accessible,
internationally-recognized sources - to QUANTITATE the value the Religious
Right-dominated American Administration places on the survival of particular
groups of people.
Thus the Religious
Right has now upped the current cost of keeping a white American alive
in a "permanent vegetative state" to about $200,000 a year
(assuming associated ongoing litigation).
If we assume the
per capita medical expenditure on Black, Hispanic or disadvantaged White
Americans is about the US average of $7,000 a year, we can see that
the Religious Right Republicans (RRRs) value survival of these people
about 30 times less than the survival of an iconic, brain-destroyed
Turning to Iraq,
we see that the RRRs value survival of non-European, subject Muslims
in that war-ravaged country at about 5,000 times less than for a White
American in a "persistent vegetative state".
Finally, the US
Administration and the RRRs evidently value survival of the US-conquered
Afghans at about 20,000 times less than for the new American humanitarian
Before the American
Civil War one assumes that enlightened and "humane" slave
owners such as Thomas Jefferson (who fathered both White and Black streams
of descendants) would have treated their valuable human property with
the tender humanity displayed towards favourite horses and dogs.
However in the post-Civil
War and pre-Civil Rights era the Southern Red-necks, and in particular
the vile Ku Klux Klan (KKK), introduced evil, gratuitous violence into
Now the massive
intervention by the RRR-dominated US Congress, Senate and Administration
in the Schiavo Case has put an explicit dollar value to American racial
prejudice. America has a black Secretary of State but is explicitly
conducting racially-specific passive genocide through hugely
differential medical expenditure.
Much of the World
is subject to First World political, military and economic hegemony.
The impact of malignant First World domination on global human survival
has been enormous - thus the post-1950 avoidable mortality has been
1.3 billion for the World, 1 billion for the Third World and 0.5 billion
the Muslim World (a huge Muslim Holocaust; see: http://members.optusnet.com.au/~gpolya/links.html).
Will the First World
change the international regime to permit reasonable human survival
in the Third World? No. Will the US lift its presently miniscule medical
expenditure in its Occupied Iraqi and Afghan Territories? No. Indeed
the magnitude of the appalling, avoidable human mortality in the Third
World and in US-occupied countries will, unlike the Schiavo Case, not
even rate a mention in the Anglo-American mainstream media.
by the US and its allies will continue unabated - but at least the Schiavo
Case now permits a quantitative measure of the new, genocidal American
Dr Gideon Polya
published some 130 works in a 4 decade scientific career, most recently
a huge pharmacological reference text "Biochemical Targets of Plant
Bioactive Compounds" (Taylor & Francis, New York & London,
2003), and is currently writing a book on global mortality (numerous
articles on this matter can be found by a simple Google search for "Gideon
Polya" and on his website:
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