Thursday, June 12, 2014

Bulletproof Blankets and Irish Infants

Children are precious to all of us, no matter where we live but it hasn't always been that way. Matter of fact, it may not be that way now considering that we've had 74 shootings, school or elsewhere, since the tragedy at Sandy Hook in 2012 where 21 died.

Protecting children from school shooters has brought forth all manner of goods to help the kids make it through the day. Fear does move merchandise. No longer is it necessary to insure the kids have lunch money, to pack their lunch for them or that they are paid up in the cafeteria. Now we have to wonder if a bulletproof backpack or protective flak vest or blanket is better. Such important decisions. Oh, and BTW, the protective blankets/vests cost $1K each. Add that onto the cost of school supplies, I guess.

How do we protect kids from the insanity that is school shooting, even if they are hundreds of miles away from the actual shooting? It's tough enough for some parents to get their kids to school because of school-related anxiety or bullying and now they have to be worried they'll be shot dead at school. I wonder how these kids will grow up with this small bit of fear gnawing away inside them, a fear that none of mom's or dad's soothing words will really erase. How will it play out 20 years from now? We can only hope it turns out well but we have no assurances.

Of course, these are the current concerns we have about kids and, recently, some evidence of truly horrific things done to children have been turning up. The latest is in Ireland where so-called wayward girls were sent to Catholic work houses and children were doomed to Catholic orphanages. Did anyone care to question regarding their safety and welfare? No kindly Barry Fitzgerald character was around, I guess. Seems the oversight didn't happen and hundreds of infants and toddlers (800 at last count) were neglected and died. The tiny remains were tossed into septic tanks on the grounds like so much rubbish. Unthinkable? Even cruel, you say?

Oh, don't bother your brain about it because there's going to be an investigation NOW. Yes, now after all these years someone is going to seek justice for these tots whose moms are probably long dead. The perpetrators in these religious institutions are probably dead or dotty, too, by now but, don't worry, justice will be served. How? Heaven only knows what will be done.

Did I not mention that not only were the children neglected (some died of TB it is assumed) but they may also have been used for medical experiments? Does that sound like we had an Irish Mengele? Or was it just big pharma that was paying the freight here? Surely that will come out, right? Don't place any bets on it. I'm not particularly positive on it.

The extent of the experiments is not clear currently and I'm sure that people have been scurrying around to destroy any evidence that may exist. But I will bet that in someone's attic or an old trunk there will be a diary produced if only to assuage some of the guilt someone felt toward these babes. Let's hope there is and that there is a thorough search to find them.

It would appear that the Irish were not free of this type of medical madness, well, as long as children of impoverished and fallen women were the object of the experiments, anyway. The American South saw equally incredible "experiments" on African-American men who had syphilis and who were left with no treatment just to see how the disease progressed. The Spanish allowed a psychiatrist to play with the brains of living psychiatric patients to see if they could be wired with electrodes to control them (sounds like Jeffrey Dahmer time), the Italians had a psychiatrist who pulled people off the street to try his ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) on them, the Japanese used prisoners of war during WWII as subjects in their experiments and I'm sure there are more that are still hidden from our knowing their crimes. None of them, to my knowledge, used children in these highly unethical and terrible bits of medical madness. Ah, but we should remember the children in the WWII orphanages in New York State where the medical team suddenly discovered what maternal deprivation looked like.

The Irish may have saved civilization with their dauntless transcription of all the works of literature they could find but how could anyone turn their head at this? Was the Catholic Church so terribly without question in any aspect of life on that small plot of land? Terrible power, they say, brings terrible things and this would seem to prove it. Saying prayers, holding memorial services, interring remains in special cemeteries or the like will never undo what has been done to these children. If only they had the human equivalent of bulletproof blankets to protect them, think how wonderful that would have been. Did anyone speak up and were they silenced? We need to know.

Whose children are suffering today? Perhaps we should not turn a blind eye to the continuing practice of female circumcision in the United States. Young girls are taken, many times, on "vacation" to their home lands where this barbaric practice is used to "prepare them for womanhood." How are we protecting them?