Thursday, March 17, 2011

The real tragedy

We're all worried about the goings-on at the Fokushima nuclear plant in Japan. It's a difficult situation that has everyone on edge, most of all the Japanese who have already survived two catastrophes within a few hours. After the earthquake and the tsunami, thousands are now left with no potable water, running out of food, and with no electricity to keep warm in winter. And it started snowing, too. And we're all focusing on Fokushima, creating panic, magnifying the consequences of the accident at the plant, and all the while forgetting about the true tragedy of this amazing nation.

I'm not saying, it's okay if radioactive substances escape into the atmosphere and that no one will be affected. But the first to suffer from this will yet again be the Japanese, not us, Europeans, and not the Americans. Even in worst case scenario, the radioactive cloud, if it reaches Europe at all, will be so rarefied that it will have little or no impact on us. Some nuclear physicists say even their measuring equipment might not detect the radiation in Europe. It will have far less effect on the people in Europe than an x-ray or tyroid exams with radioactive iodine have. Now, how many times did you have an x-ray and barely thought about the consequences of the radiation? The Chernobyl disaster practically happened next door, and we didn't get potassium iodide tablets, we just had to stay indoors for a few days and we survived. So there's no need for the reporters to create such panic because of the accident in Japan. Yes, the situation is critical and worrisome, but alarming people doesn't help.

Instead of accusing the Japanese of lying about the situation in the nuclear plant and condemning them because they didn't take action earlier, we could help. I'm pretty sure, they're doing everything they can to prevent the worst at the plant. Dozens of men and women in the nuclear plant are practically sentenced to death because of the amount of radiation they were exposed to while trying to avert the crisis and they will all probably die within a few years, possibly months, but they're still working at making the place secure for the rest of us. I think we should at least respect that instead of just cowardly fearing for our own health when there's little chance Europe will be affected at all.

We should stop pointing our fingers and do something instead. Let's help the homeless people from Sendai and the surrounding places. They need our attention right now, not Fokushima. If you can donate, do. If not, keep them in your prayers and thoughts. Whether you believe that praying works or nor, good thoughts will at least help stop this paranoia and help people focus on what really matters. When nature shows its deadly force, we must step together to survive, not blame each other for the mistakes we might or might not have made. No one is spotless. But we are stronger together.

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