This will probably make some people mad, but I think this “world crisis” mania is getting out of control. First of all I am not a callous person and it pains me to see anyone suffering for any reason. Secondly, what happened in Japan with the tsunami and its aftermath is undoubtedly a tragedy for the Japanese people as a whole and in particular for the victims and their families. But let’s examine some salient facts.
Approximately 7,000 people die every day in the U.S.. Heart disease alone killed more people in the U.S. in the week after the tsunami than died as a result of the tsunami. About 15,000 people starve to death every single day and many of those are children. Where is all the sympathy for them?
The local media recently were promoting a telethon sponsored by the Red Cross to raise money for Japan. I’m sorry but Japan is one of the wealthiest countries in the world and I think they are fine without our help. I wouldn’t expect them to donate money for relief in the U.S. The Japanese people don’t need the rest of the world’s money for this disaster. By all means give them all the technical or logistical support we can for the nuclear power plants, but stop the rest of the madness.
This is not the Asian tsunami or the Haitian earthquakes which killed hundreds of thousands of people in very poor countries. This is news media hysteria and quite frankly shocking entertainment programming. I was interested in the news of the tsunami and I’m glad I was informed, but the truth is even with the radiation issue it is extremely unlikely to impact me or my community. I don’t need pictures of debri strewn coastlines or smoldering reactors beamed at me 24 hours day after day. We can’t solve mother nature’s problems or the rest of the world’s issues, so it’s time we started worrying about more local things we can control. I think we should give the Japanese people our sympathy and respect and move on.
While this was going on we decided to get militarily involved in a civil war in another country. Oh yeah and this is the Obama administration not the Bush administration for those of you who think it really matters. This is the only thing that was able to divert the media’s attention from Japan.
People are dying like flies all over the world for various reasons. Human created wars and other human created problems dwarf what is happening in Japan. Governments and individuals the world over are hemorraging debt. The Japanese people are well equipped to take care of themselves without our obsessive interest and meddling.
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