I'm opening this thread with a translation of the post written by a comrade in France. I hope others will follow with their reactions, information and analyses:
It’s hard to look at the horrible, apocalyptic images of Japan on the TV and not feel sick.
10,000 dead or disappeared already, perhaps tens of thousands more, nuclear power stations at the edge of meltdown, radioactive clouds. It’s really unbearable.
Capitalism is a madhouse. To crowd together 120 million people in a strip of land which can be hit by earthquakes at any moment, to leave hundreds of thousands living in wooden houses which everyone knows can be swept away by giant waves, and the real cherry on the cake – to put nuclear power stations in the middle of all this: this is just building a delayed action bomb on a huge scale.
For those who have not yet understood, we have one choice faced with this inhuman system of exploitation: socialism or barbarism, struggle or death.