Wow, throw "nuclear" into the mix and suddenly an enormous natural disaster is turned into an atomic Armageddon even if it's nothing of the sort. There are thousands, possibly tens of thousands of dead folks in Japan right now. How many of them died in the nuclear plant explosions? Two thousand maybe? Five thousand? Ten?
Hey, Chicken Licken, how bout a little perspective?
It was a wall of sea water and debris that killed those thousands of Japanese, not their nuclear reactors. It was that same tsunami that knocked out their reactors, not the earthquakes. So, take a deep breath, grow up and unbunch those panties.
Besides, think about all the winners that are coming out of those nuclear plant failures - Big Oil, Big Coal, Big Gas, Muammar Gaddafi among them. Gaddafi, what does he have to gain from this? Plenty. While the world's mono-tasking attention is riveted to some remarkably disinteresting reactor buildings where no one is actually dying (inconvenient that, sort of), the democracy revolution that had been sweeping the Middle East is being swept under the carpet.
If it's the death of innocents that gets you all lathered up, how can a natural disaster in Japan that occured last Thursday compete with a mounting man-made disaster underway in the Muslim world? We're not responsible for the tectonic plates that lie beneath Japan but we will be for the butchery about to spread through the oil lands of the Middle East while we look the other way.
As Gwynne Dyer argues, Muammar Gaddafi is about a week away from handing the world a massive, bloody fait accompli achieved while we sat around with our thumbs up our asses.