March 14, 2011

Destruction Du Jour

There is too much heartbreak in the world. Through the marvel of modern telecommunications we see so many appalling images that we become desensitized to the suffering of other humans. It wasn't always so.

Last week's earthquake and tsunami has visited destruction on northern Japan not been seen since the Second World War. If you have not personally experienced this kind of horror, I imagine that words and pictures cannot do justice to the reality.

For Older Japanese, Tsunami’s Carnage Evokes WWII Horrors

NATORI, Japan — Hirosato Wako stared at the ruins of her small fishing hamlet: skeletons of shattered buildings, twisted lengths of corrugated steel, corpses with their hands twisted into claws. Only once before had she seen anything like it: World War II.

“I lived through the Sendai air raids and have seen this before,” Ms. Wako, 75, said, referring to the Allied bombings of the northeast’s largest city. “But this is much worse.”

For the elderly who make up a large percentage of the villages littering Japan’s northeastern coast, it is a return to a past of privation that their children and grandchildren have never known. As in so much of the Japanese countryside, young people have largely fled this area, looking for work in the city. Those who remained are confronting the deaths of friends and family members, the destruction of their homes and towns and a worsening threat of radiation contamination. It is a daunting task, equaled only by the one the oldest generation faced when its defeated, despairing nation had to rebuild from the rubble of World War II.

The Fukushima reactor expodes.

There is another side to this story - where are the Japanese looters?
NATCHITOCHES, La. — March 14, 2011 - The absence of looting in Japan has taken many western observers by surprise.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans experienced looting on a scale that astonished even American cynics. After last year's earthquake, the looting in Chile was serious enough to require military intervention.

There was looting in Haiti after its earthquake last year and in England during the 2007 floods.

So far, though, there is no looting reported from Japan


The_Kid said...

I'd say the damage from this event is much greater than what happened to them in WWII.

Well, Japan doesn't have the terminally dependent with chip on shoulder or the Liberalalis Democratifucs. Result - No Looting.

LoneIslander said...

It's a dam shame what happened regardless.

Opus #6 said...

No looters? It is a story the MSM will not push, but culture matters. Character counts.

sig94 said...

Kid - hard to say about the damage. So many of the WWII vets are gone. But from the trouble they are having getting supplies to the area because the roads are gone, I'd say you're probably right.

Japan is still a highly homogenous society. Their culture frowns on that sort of thing and so do the cops and courts. Japanese prisons are no walk in the park. From the Times:
"In many ways, Japan's prison system is impressive. Overcrowding is not a problem, assaults or rapes among prisoners are rare, drugs and weapons are virtually nonexistent within prison walls, hardly anyone escapes and Japan has an exceptionally small proportion of its population in prison.

The problem, human rights campaigners say, is that the Japanese system achieves this record in part by draconian rules and mind-boggling regimentation."

They strap your ass in heavy restraints and throw you in solitary as soon as you break a little rule.

sig94 said...

LoneIslander - again, I say we can;t imagine the deprivation those people are going through right now with no end in sight. The place is all tore up like a frat party at a cheap motel.

sig94 said...

Opus - I'd love Fox News to come out with a story about what happened with looting in N'Orleans after Katrina compared to present day Japan.