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"They have committed themselves to die if necessary to save the nation"

That from a mother of one of the Fukushima nuclear plant workers:

The so-called Fukushima 50, the team of brave plant workers struggling to prevent a meltdown to four reactors critically damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, are being repeatedly exposed to dangerously high radioactive levels as they attempt to bring vital cooling systems back online.

Speaking tearfully through an interpreter by phone, the mother of a 32-year-old worker said: "My son and his colleagues have discussed it at length and they have committed themselves to die if necessary to save the nation.

"He told me they have accepted they will all probably die from radiation sickness in the short term or cancer in the long-term."


She could not confirm if her son or other workers were already suffering from radiation sickness. But she added: "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."

While Thomas Friedman prays to God for Obama to be lucky, let's all pray that this mother's fears do not come true and that her son's hard work and the work of all involved bear solid fruit for the Japanese.


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Comments (15)

Heroes come in all... (Below threshold)

Heroes come in all manner of ways, don't they?

What a sacrifice. No politi... (Below threshold)

What a sacrifice. No political ambition involved.

Thomas Friedman is a F'in i... (Below threshold)

Thomas Friedman is a F'in ignoranus on matters beyond stealing oxygen.

When he's not on his knees in front of the (P)resident he's publishing propaganda touting the wonderful accomplishments of the amateur empty suit and his minions.

Leave it to a moron to volunteer others to die in Libya for oil.

Fortunately he's limited to columns in the NY Times and occasional appearances on cable TV shows with minimal audiences.

Oh yes, thank god and pray ... (Below threshold)

Oh yes, thank god and pray for the Japanese workers in that plant. Like the Russian firefighters at Chernobyl, they know what they are doing, even that it means they face certain death to save millions of others.

Someone should point out to... (Below threshold)

Someone should point out to Dan Rather that this is what COURAGE is all about.

There are another 100 worke... (Below threshold)

There are another 100 workers from the company I work for near the sight. They Sleep on lead beds for protection they have two meals a day.
Have been working in darkness most of the time. Cold,Tired constant threat of Death, yet they go on and BTW other workers are there waiting ready and willing to take their co-workers aways and take their place if they fall.

Hero as word seems to small to take into account capacity of human sacrifice.
SAR So that other may live.

Not at all surprising. The... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

Not at all surprising. The Japanese are a proud, diligent and dedicated people. In other words they're the polar opposites of American leftists.

Prayers for those brave and... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Prayers for those brave and dedicated workers, and for all the relief workers and the victims of the cascade of disasters which have befallen Japan.


If you ever needed confirmation that Thomas Friedman is a complete idiot (not that he doesn't supply it with regularity), this is it: everyone knows Ga'ia doesn't answer the prayers of those with carbon footprints as big as his, no matter how sternly he lectures everyone else.

Would that I could be so br... (Below threshold)

Would that I could be so brave and selfless.

Samurai. But instead of dev... (Below threshold)

Samurai. But instead of devotion to killing, they are committed to saving lives.

I think we are seeing the evolution of the Bushido code here...


So, when nobody dies or eve... (Below threshold)

So, when nobody dies or even gets sick, will you print a retraction? Or are you a bunch of hysterical little girls like allahpudnit?

You are doing your part tho... (Below threshold)

You are doing your part though.The hysterics will be rembered long after reality proves it wrong.

ck, to be blunt, in one sen... (Below threshold)

ck, to be blunt, in one sense it doesn't matter if they live or die at this point.

These men have pledged their lives, if necessary, to save the lives of others. They have made their commitment.

If they are fortunate enough to not have their offer taken up, then we have living heroes to celebrate.

If they die, then we have some amazing examples of heroism to commemorate.

No matter how much you want to piss on them just to score some trivial points against us.


"Moral courage is the most ... (Below threshold)
Mighty Mouse:

"Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men."
- General George S. Patton, Jr

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
- General George S. Patton, Jr

CK: There is a little diff... (Below threshold)
Ryan M.:

CK: There is a little difference between the people living in the rest of the country AROUND the plant and the people constantly going into the PLANT ITSELF.






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