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Not to diminish the significance of the current situation at the nuclear plant in Japan, but am I the only one out there who had a moment of sheer unbridled irony when I heard that U.S. military dependants were being evacuated by airlift TO Korea?


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Mar. 17th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
If they were being airlifted to Vietnam, that would be even more ironically perfect.
Mar. 17th, 2011 02:05 pm (UTC)
Mar. 17th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
Well, yes - I thought that too. But there was just that split second of "eh?"
Mar. 17th, 2011 12:51 pm (UTC)
Had I seen that story
I myself would've chuckled...
Mar. 17th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
South Korea doesn't count.
Mar. 17th, 2011 02:15 pm (UTC)
Well, no. But they didn't SAY "south," just "Korea." Which caused a pause in my normal function to process.
Mar. 17th, 2011 02:26 pm (UTC)

The Brits are being evacuated to Hong Kong, which doesn't surprise me in the least even though we don't own it any more.
Mar. 17th, 2011 01:22 pm (UTC)
I would say the desired thing, but I have no idea what US/Korea/Japan/nuclear even means :) (I certainly know about the Fukushima incident and have been checking it so often that it's making my stomach hurt...but I'm not at all familiar with world events in most cases.)

I'm sure it's very ironic. :)
Mar. 17th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC)
Short version - because of the escalating radiation releases at Fukushima, the US military has evacuated all of their military dependents in Japan to Korea.

Which made me flash on my history to when various and sundry Americans were being evacuated by airlift FROM Korea and Viet Nam.

If it's making you sick, stop checking for a while. I had to.
Mar. 17th, 2011 02:23 pm (UTC)
Easy to say, hard to do :) I manage to stop myself for a while, but if I'm already at the laptop and start thing "I wonder if anything has changed," I end up Googling for more news.

Mind you, I'm not one of those who worries excessively (or at all, usually) so I'm not worried about radiation spreading or anything...it's just so horrifying, the line-up of disasters for poor little Japan. (Little in physical area. They really can't afford to end up with a permanent 30km exclusion zone as they have put around Chernobyl...the whole country is somewhat smaller than Cali!) So while I'm not worried that the Japanese are all going to start dying of radiation poisoning, I am worried that there will be a meltdown and that land will become unusable...and certainly its scary for those plant workers. Do they even know how their families are in the aftermath of the quake/tsuami, I wonder?

I do manage to stop checking for a while but I always end up back at it.
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