The Incommensurable Tragedies of Fukushima and Chernobyl
In an ironic twist of fate, Japan, the victim of the only wartime nuclear bombing, has been struck with another nuclear disaster.
In the aftermath of last's week devastating earthquake and tsunami, there are reports of a possible meltdown at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant and of a repeat of the 1980s Chernobyl tragedy.
Experts assuage fears of such scenario saying Japanese reactors are built to a much higher standard and have much more rigorous safety measures.
It is highly unfair to compare Fukushima and Chernobyl from any angle.
Japanese authorities are not only trying to deal with the threat on their own, but are keeping everyone across the globe abreast of every single detail surrounding it. They have evacuated and taken care of nearly 600 000 people from the NPP proximity, have mobilized 10 000 military to help, are distributing iodine pills, advising on precautions and making every possible effort to secure shelter, water and power.
Soviet rulers and their Warsaw Pact allies hid the truth about Chernobyl, keeping an information blackout for as long as they could. It would have been for ever if it wasn't for western media.
In Bulgaria, everyone born before Chernobyl has been exposed to radiation exceeding the one of Fukushima. We marched at the May 1 parade under radioactive rain; took our children on spring walks to radioactive parks, and ate radioactive greens in abundance while our leaders were hiding in safer places and enjoying harmless food.
Still nostalgic about the times of the Communist regime anyone?