Japan: The long road ahead


LOS ANGELES — March 13, 2011 — It just never ends.

The world is burning. It just does not stop.

On Friday, March 11, around 10pm Los Angeles time, a 9.0 earthquake rocked Northern Japan. A 13 foot tsunami overturned cars, swept boats from safe harbor, destroying towns and lives. Buildings are on fire. Nuclear reactors might be in full meltdown.

Minami Sanriku town is submerged after Friday’s strong earthquake-triggered tsunami in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan, Saturday, March 12, 2011 (Photo: Associated Press)

There will be deaths in the thousands. This is truly as bad as it gets for humanity.

For those worrying about Libya, Wisconsin, the New York bus crash, or the potential NFL lockout, life does not take a breather just because we mere mortals can’t keep up. Yet those are potentially avoidable conflicts.

Acts of God (or nature for the atheists) cannot be stopped, prevented, or even slowed down.

Once again, we are all reminded how powerless we are. One minute we are going to work, and the next minute our office furniture is attacking us at warp speed. So many awful aftershocks will continue to shake the Japanese people emotionally as well as physically.

The entire world will be focused on Japan, and rightfully so.

While this is no time for partisan politics, I have a request of God that may seem odd coming from a conservative Republican.

Help President Obama. He needs it. He is drowning in crises. He is overwhelmed.

Help him somehow with regards to his cabinet so that we, the people, are allowed to focus solely on Japan. He can’t. He needs to juggle everything else.

While the media is focused on Japan, Ghadafi is using this golden opportunity to commit even more brutal violence in Libya. Just because the genocide is not being televised does not mean it has ended.

Mr. Obama was at his best after the Earthquake. He summoned up his eloquence to let the Japanese people know that America is committed to helping them. He has a reputation for being cold and clinical. This time he showed rare warmth. He saw the people of Japan and the horror.

But he needs help to keep his gaze fixated on Libya. He ran as Superman. Now he has to be Superman.

The entire world is watching.

Unlike what the protesters were fighting for in Wisconsin, the Japan situation really is an issue of life and death. Our Asian friends are all in peril. Indonesia and the Philippines are under tsunami watch.

So was Hawaii.

Yes, Hawaii could still be in danger. President Obama is Hawaiian. He has family and friends there. So do I. A tsunami watch was even issued for the entire West Coast of the United States, which includes my home of Los Angeles. Dear Almighty God.

There will come a time very soon when things will get back to “normal.” We pray.

When that “normal” returns, criticizing Mr. Obama sharply on many issues will be appropriate and fair. Liberals will fight in Wisconsin and conservatives will fight to continue the hearings into the radicalization of young Muslims.

But not now.

As millions of parents around the world do, Mr. Obama is going to hug Sasha and Malia while Michelle Obama will try to explain to her children what defies any comprehensible explanation.

Idealistic voters often get crushed when they realize that the leader of the free world is sometimes powerless to stop a bad situation. But for Sasha and Malia, they will realize that Mr. Obama is not just powerless as a political leader, he cannot snap his fingers and make everything all right. No father can.

However, they, at least still have a father. Some children in Japan who had one the other day no longer do. As the people of the world flock to their churches, synagogues, and mosques, the question we will ask is “why?”

Priests, ministers, rabbis, and imams will offer words of healing, but the true answer is “we don’t know.”

Sometimes the advice that is given is cliche and platitudinous, but that does not make it wrong. Some advice has been true since the beginning of time and will always be true and right in good times and bad. Japan will heal. Life will go on.

What can you, and your children do. Ask how you can help. Don’t worry about the size or scope of the contribution. Just do what you can. Go on the internet. Read the Japanese blogs. Observe the Facebook and Twitter postings. Find out what the Japanese people desperately need.

We Americans will send money, food, and love. The Chinese and the Russians will help, as will the good people of New Zealand and Australia. Organizations will be there to help.

B’nai Brith is one of many charitable organizations helping.

Hug your loved ones. Help your neighbor.

If you see a firefighter or EMT, a soldier or police person, shake their hand. Pray. Then pray some more.

May God bless the people of Japan in their darkest days.

Oh, and God…please…make it stop…just for a little bit…slow the pace.

We’ve had enough.


Brooklyn born, Long Island raised and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Read more from Eric at his TYGRRRR EXPRESS blog. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.” Eric is 100% alcohol, tobacco, drug, and liberalism free. After years of dating liberals, he has finally seen the light and now only dates Republican Jewish women. His family is pleased over this. Republican, Jewish women, you may contact Eric above.

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