My friend Monica kept me abreast of her friends’ the Siddall family’s heartbreaking travail as they supported their youngest child Kevin as he was dying of lymphoma. On Saturday his funeral mass was said in Windsor’s Corpus Christi church. Just reading the story of this remarkable family brought me to tears.
The Siddalls are a well known name in the Windsor area, the father a former pro ball player, mother a doctor and all the kids gifted athletes and stellar people,The sheer unfairness of such a body blow would send anybody reeling. We’re not supposed to bury our kids but sometimes we do
On the other hand, the overwhelming love and support for Kevin and the family showed the depth of compassion and love out there in all human communities. There is resurrection.
On the same day i read about the Siddall funeral I read about the shocking death toll in Iraq, the bizarre gift of thoughtless empire politics, namely Great Britain, namely Bush and Blair. What these non leaders created in iraq deserves an Anti-Nobel prize for cruelty and child abuse. Both should be brought to the Hague as war criminals.
Well do we remember the US Foreign minister Madeleine Albright on a 60 Minutes program being asked by leslie Stalhl if the 5000, 000 deaths by embargo were worth it.
John Pilger writing in the Guardian about this monumental crime said
John Tirman, the principal research scientist at the MIT Centre for International Studies, has examined all the credible estimates; he told me that an average figure “suggests roughly 700,000”. Tirman pointed out that this excluded deaths among the millions of displaced Iraqis, up to 20% of the population.
For 13 years this inhuman blockade was carried out and suppressed by mainstream media. and children as precious as Kevin Siddall left this earth way too early. I watched children dying in hospitals, denied basic painkillers.
2000 years ago the epic Roman poet Virgil commented (translation by Robert Fagles) “Sunt lacrimae rerum mentem mortalia tangunt “The world is a world of tears, and the burdens of mortality touch the heart.”
The facts of this world seen clearly
are seen through tears;
why tell me then
there is something wrong with my eyes?
In the west we weep as individuals for those in our community. Others as loved as our children are simply collateral damage.