Melbourne, Australia, April 28, 2011 â€“
While Japanâ€™s Fukushima nuclear plant keeps shedding radiation at an unprecedented rate our mainstream
media appears to have taken no further interest in what scientists like Australian Helen Caldicott bluntly describe as â
€œthe greatest health hazard the world has ever known.â€�
Behind the sudden silence about what threatens to become a colossal manmade
disaster is a concerted effort by the governments of industrialized nations to save a nuclear industry they
see as the only viable means to maintain the high level of energy consumption that will guarantee the
comfortable lifestyle of the worldâ€™s affluent societies and assure the survival of their own crooked
and corrupt governance systems.
Trillions of dollars are invested already in nuclear power and hundreds of nuclear plants are being
constructed or planned to come on stream. Scrapping nuclear power and nuclear plants would probably send into
bankruptcy many of the enterprises and mega-corporations who finance the election campaigns and expenses of our
members of governments and are part of the de facto corporate powers running the world today. In the absence of
viable alternate energy it would plunge the world into an acute energy crisis.
In the brutal equation of modern economic doctrine the lives or the health of tens of
millions of people have now to be sacrificed to safeguard individual and corporate investments, maintain
stock market prices high and retain an expensive armament industry and Armed Forces whose main task
today is not to keep world peace but ensure (as gunboat diplomacy did in the past) that the worldâ€™s
vital resources are either controlled by or accessible to the major powers.
The stark reality of this economic doctrine is that millions, possibly hundreds of millions, will die over
a period of between five and sixty years as the result of radiation. Millions of babies will be born with defects. Cancer
will become rampant, so will lethal organ failures. For this reason the control of negative information about Fukushima
is downplayed or given a positive spin just as our current wars are officially fought to â€˜liberateâ€™ enslaved nations
when we are actually destroying them.
The mass media, loyal serfs of power politics and corporations, perpetuate these â
€˜officialâ€™ lies and subterfuges. A corporation itself today, the media is easily convinced that airing or
printing the warnings of nuclear Cassandras would â€˜panic the public.â€™ Following the initial reporting
of the horror of the tsunamiâ€™s effect and the possible meltdown of reactors (which has already
occurred) Fukushima went off the radar in the mainstream media. Today only concerned Internet blogs
carry reports that radiation carried by wind and ocean currents has increased dramatically and twenty U.S.
cities and nine U.S. States have registered radiation contamination from Fukushima. (Probably other
countries around the world have similar levels but are not measuring radiation.)
But officials, especially in Japan and the U.S. and government agencies keep telling their public
these radiation levels are â€˜harmless,â€™ â€˜minuteâ€™, â€˜minisculeâ€™ and there is â€˜no need for alarm.â€™
To any bona fide scientist that is a lie.
In its efforts to bail out the nuclear industry some media outlets have become even ridiculous.
Media stooges like commentator Ann Coulter have even promoted the notion that a little bit of radiation is good for
you and it â€˜preventsâ€™ cancer. (One blogger suggested Ms Coulter should buy a ticket to Japan to inhale more of
the beneficial effects at the source).
No one seems to remember the 2005 findings by the U.S. National Academy of Science
that there is â€˜no safe levelâ€™ or threshold for exposure to radiation.
Scientist Caldicott, a physician, author and anti-nuclear advocate considers the current silence on
the Fukushima disaster â€œthe most monstrous cover-up in the history of medicineâ€� and says radiation fallout
from Fukushima is many times worse then the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster which allegedly cost the lives of one
million people and contaminated 40 per cent of the European food chain â€“ until today.
Instead of being educated how to confront or minimize the problem our couch-prone
public is being entertained with such brainless shows as â€˜Dancing with the Starsâ€™ or â€˜American
Idolâ€™ - or with the fairytale of a royal wedding in London.
In the meantime, silently, Fukushima spills into the sea some 520 tons of nuclear runoff a week,
20,000 times the amount the plant is permitted to dump into the ocean annually. With its roofs blown off by explosions
the plant emits radiation clouds, invisible, tasteless and odorless. Wind and ocean currents carry the emissions
around the world. Worse, Fukushima contains enough deadly plutonium (mainly from decommissioned nuclear
warheads purchased from the U.S. and Russia and used as fuel for reactors worldwide) to kill every man, woman and
child on our planet â€“ should it ever find its way out.
Some scientists believe plutonium is already escaping while the International
Commission on Radiation Protection (ICRP) busily downplays the effects of the emissions on human
health. But then, as is well known, the ICRP exists mainly to shield the nuclear industry against
compensation and anti-nuclear activists.
Uli Schmetzer was a foreign correspondent for Reuters and the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of â€˜Times of
Terrorâ€™ â€˜Gazaâ€™ and â€˜The Chinese Juggernaut,â€™ all available on Amazon.com.