Desperate measures |

Desperate measures

Two items in The Union of April 8 seem to strike a similar note:

One reports that more Chinese women commit suicide than do Chinese men – an appalling 157,000 a year.

The second is from the report of Sunday’s Middle East Peace Forum held at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church. In response to a question about Palestinian suicide bombers, Akef Shihabi (a Palestinian-American) stated that “When you’re desperate, you use desperate measures.”

Without being as familiar with the situation in China as I am with that in the Middle East, I would hazard a guess that the motivation for suicide in both cases originates from the same fundamental cause: the individual’s sense of hopelessness and of having no effective voice and control over events in one’s life. In the case of a Palestinian suicide bomber, the result of living for 35 years with the humiliation suffered under the illegal occupation of a foreign military power and in the case of a woman in rural China, resulting from the all-too-familiar pattern worldwide of treating women as second-class citizens.

Terry Fieldhouse

Nevada City

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