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Are we losing our humanity? 
14th-Mar-2011 05:28 pm
Unless you've been living under a rock (and it would have to be the Mother of all Rocks), you would've heard about the Great Sendai Earthquake of 2011 and the devastation it has wrecked upon Japan.

Having just gone through a natural disaster in Brisbane (though nowhere near the epic proportions of Sendai's earthquake), I have some understanding of the loss, confusion and sheer magnitude of emotions the people of Japan must be going through during this trying time.

However, as I wait anxiously for word from friends in Japan and/or with family and friends in Japan, I find myself disgusted and buzzing with rage at that little part of the international community, who decided that this act of Mother Nature is either:

  1. Payback for Pearl Harbour, or...
  2. Payback for all the dolphins and whales Japan slaughters in the name of science (or consumption)

These aren't just 1 or 2 wayward individuals - there's a whole bunch of them out there. To those people, I say:

  1. How convenient of you to forget the two atomic bombs the US dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in retaliation of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour.

    Payback? I think Japan's already more than paid with the 90,000–166,000 (Hiroshima) and 60,000–80,000 (Nagasaki) deaths, not to mention the radiation damage effecting generations to come.

    Apparently this comment originated from a scriptwriter as a 'joke'.

    Well, I don't find it at all funny. And then again, I cannot stand the show 'Family Guy'.

  2. I don't agree with Japan's whaling policies or activities either, but lumping anti-whaling sentiment with the effects of a natural disaster as a cause-effect relationship is just wrong. That's like drawing a direct co-relation between New Orleans suffering at the mercy of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 98,170 - 107,152 civilian deaths due to the US's invasion of Iraqi (2003 - 2009) - ridiculous, untrue and totally insensitive.

And then of course, there's Channel Newsasia's email to clients to book commercial slots now on the back of the disaster. And they don't even have the decency to issue a proper apology.

So it isn't just individuals, it's corporations as well.

Seriously, people? SERIOUSLY?!

I understand trolling on the internet will always exist, but this truely takes the cake. Have we been so bombarded by tragedy after tragedy that the only way for us to deal with more tragedy is to become insensitive pricks content with saying 'haha! You deserve it!'?

I hope not.

Help (courtesy of MacaronHearts), don't help, the choice is yours. Just stop kicking them when they're down.
14th-Mar-2011 07:39 am (UTC)
I agree with you wholeheartedly.
14th-Mar-2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
Thankfully the majority of the world's citizens have been really supportive of Japan at the moment.
14th-Mar-2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
And the US has repaid for dropping those bombs as well, having helped rebuild Japan into the pretty cool place it is now. Both countries have become good friends now and have moved on to do better things.

It's upsetting that so many others haven't.
15th-Mar-2011 07:18 am (UTC)
This idea of tit-for-tat in this situation is completely unnecessary, whatever the relationship between the US and Japan.

I hope it is just a case of ignorant people with nothing else better to do with their time.
15th-Mar-2011 01:05 pm (UTC)
Oh I'm sure they're ignorant people. They make a professional job out of it.
14th-Mar-2011 06:08 pm (UTC)
I heard about this crap yesterday and it just make me sick. Really if there is Karma/god do you think they'd take it out now on people who had nothing to do with either of the things mentioned????
17th-Mar-2011 11:52 am (UTC)
Obviously some people think so.
15th-Mar-2011 04:10 am (UTC)
Events like these makes the jerks with foot in mouth and head up anus stand out so much more.

There are already scammers setting up for this too. *face-palm*
17th-Mar-2011 11:54 am (UTC)
Opportunistic low-lifes will always try to take advantage of other people's misery.
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