posted on Jun, 10 2011 @ 03:15 AM
This is a very sad situation.
The thing is, officialdom has very little experience in dealing with radiation exposure on a mass scale. It is a silent killer. A stealth killer.
I liken the threat posed by this to that of mercury, and later asbestos, but on a far far greater scale. People worked with mercury for a very long
time before they realised how dangerous it was. The term 'mad as a hatter' originated from the process of using mercury to make Top-Hats worn by
english toffs shiny. The mercury caused brain damage in the people who carried out the process , sending them mad.
In the UK asbestos is still killing today, as a result of exposure decades ago. Exposure from contruction, appliances, car brake linings, etc etc.
Officialdom initially downplayed the risks by instgating rumours that only blue asbestos was a real threat, but they knew full well that there was no
'safe' type of asbestos. It was just that the logistics of removing such a hazard on such a large scale was unthinkable - both logistically and
economically. So they didn't. Only in recent times has the problem been properly acknowledged and dealt with.
But asbestos is easily identified, easily contained, and confined to an immediate area. Not so radiation.
Radiation is not something that large numbers of people would ordinarily come into contact with, aside from so-called 'background radiation'. Sure,
on small scale, and in predictable scenarios precautions can be taken. That's why your dentist leaves the room or steps behind a shield when they
take an x-ray of your teeth. But how do you protect an entire country (and beyond) from a threat that cannot even be detected without specialized
Once again, the appropriate action would be unthinkable, both logistically and economically, and of course the real effects of this travesty are not
going to show up for good while yet. How convenient then, that whilst the authorities stick their heads in the sand, the people that it is affecting
now carry on in blissful ignorance.
Of course, the humanitarian thing to to is to evacuate Japan. In it's entirety.
But we all know the such a course of action is never going to happen.