Friday, April 1, 2011

The Fukushima "50" - Dying for Their Country

Fukushima "50"
We have all read and kept up with the continuing saga of the "The Great Quake" of 2011 in Japan. The battle continues with the radiation and plutonium. The radiation has now been discovered in some of our  food sources, more so in the milk. However we are being told that the levels are very minimal and we have nothing to be worried about. Now I worry when this administration tells us not to worry, but that is a story for another day. Now lets place ourselves in the shoes of our Japanese friends and how they must be suffering. It is beyond description. During disasters there is always someone who has total disregard for his own safety and and does some type heroic deed. This disaster is no different, this was the birth place of the "FUKUSHIMA 50".  When the disaster is over, and the story is finally told, the Fukushima "50" will no doubt go down in Japanese history as one of the greatest deeds of unselfishness in the history of Japan, and maybe in the entire world. After consulting with one another the "50" agreed among themselves to basically sacrifice their own lives to try and save their Country. There is no way to measure how much radiation the "50" has been exposed to, but it matters not to them, they have said that they are comfortable with the decision they made. They said they are aware they may die, sooner than later. Here is a quote from the mother of one of the fukushima 50: “They have concluded between themselves that it is inevitable some of them may die within weeks or months. They know it is impossible for them not to have been exposed to lethal doses of radiation.” “My son and his colleagues have discussed it at length and they have committed themselves to die if necessary to save the nation.”  

As a parent I can not imagine the pain and distress they must be going through.  In one aspect, I would be proud, in another, I would be telling him to get the hell out of there and let the government take care of it. But that would be selfish. The Japanese people for the most part are not selfish people, they are all in for the salvation of their country. They will do whatever it takes to save the country.  Whatever or why we had to fight the Japanese in WWII is for history to determine, but look back and you will see that the Japanese people were "ALL IN" for the salvation of their country during the war. They have the same gritty determination now that they did during the war. There is no doubt the Japanese people will survive, and grow and be better for what happened.  They are a proud and determined people. Their heritage and their true grit is on display now for the world to see, the Fukushima "50" is a model of the Japanese determination of survival, so great that they will sacrifice their life for the greater good of he country. They know and completely understand that this disaster is greater than they are, though the sacrifice will be painful for the family, the pride and honor the family will have after all is said and done will help fill the void of their physical absence IF ever the time comes and the Fukushima "50" succumb to excessive radiation exposure. The Fukushima "50" is the example of the quote "ALL For One, One For All."  "Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno" is the Latin phrase that it originated from. It is also known as being the motto of Alexandre Dumas's Three Musketeers and is also the traditional motto of Switzerland. Well, it now fits the "50", and the country of Japan should pay them the highest honor possible. They are heros.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese, you will prevail my friends...............

Until next time, God Bless You and May God Bless America.....


1 comment:

Richard said...

The absolute truth my brother......keep it going!!