Eluana, Italy's Terri Schiavo, after 17 years living in a total vegetative state finally breathed her last breath. May she and Terry both rest in peace. I won't go on about the amount of political maneuverings, legal loopholes and misconceptions that accompanied her passing (Berlusconi's incredible statement 'well, she can still reproduce') was just one of the many even more sickening opinions on this very private matter which went expressed.
And while I won't go into the implications of this decision to discontinue her feeding tube (which include political, human rights, constitutional, religious posturing and street protests; not to mention the family's very own right to privacy), I'd just like to say that perhaps Berlusconi, in his eternal quest for the fountain of youth, was actually serious.
After all, what with his hair plugs, facelifts, and barrage of sexual potency insinuations (he must have his very own Viagra production house), I'm sure he would like to live on forever; even if that means being kept indefinitely on a feeding tube.
I wouldn't be surprised if he's taken all his money and arranged to have himself frozen in a cryonic suspension case, so he can come back later and appear on talk shows in the Year 2310 next to 20-somethings in bikinis. Who knows? He may still have his singing voice.
But, this idea of keeping people alive just because we can strikes me as something out of the 1978 Michael Crichton flick, Coma. Just think: there are not enough beds in Italy to house the temporarily infirm, where will we put the bodies? Maybe this is Berlusconi's true solution for Malpensa Airport. Use the hangars for hangers. That might explain the secretive meetings with officials in Milan.
Whether or not you agree, it certainly beats the Soylent Green solution.