American policy 'unhealthy'
By Marshall Bellamy
Terrorism has brought about an unhealthy climate of fear,
so just remember the wise words of Yoda, “Fear leads
to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to the dark side.”
Allan Connolly, a Vancouver physician and president of Physicians
for Global Survival, spoke last evening about the health effects
of the climate of fear created by state terrorism and took
aim at American foreign policy for the unhealthy situation.
He pointed out instances, such as the American-led war in
Iraq, that have created a general feeling of anxiety due to
the loss of a sense of control of reality.
According to Connolly, anxious people generally begin to experience
chronic depression, a process he says that he has seen in his
experience working with mental hospital patients. “I
think normal is now depression.”
The environment we interact in also plays a major role, Connolly
said, adding our sense of control is related to our interaction
with the environment.
“As all physicians know, there is never just one cause
to a disease,” he stated, noting in order to cure the
fear we must address what is debunking everyone’s sense
of control and alleviate the misinformation that is a root
of the problem.
Connolly noted that although we have been responding to our
fear-induced depression the wrong way, there are methods that
could potentially help. “We will change our practices
when we see the errors of our ways.”
“You have to step back and look at the consequences
because if actions are taken without considering the specific
context, then we’re doomed to making the same kind of
mistakes,” said fourth-year science student B.J. Vicks.
“It was eye-opening; I haven’t really thought
about any of these issues,” noted first-year medical
student Agnes Toth.