What do you think about this statement by Jahanbakhsh Khanjani:
"The Islamic Republic of Iran accepts all kinds of humanitarian aid from all countries and international organizations with the exception of the Zionist regime."
Read the statement, Tragedy of the Earthquake in Kerman Province, by the Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran.
UPDATE 12/30/03: Here is an excerpt from Amir Taheri's article, Iran's political quake:
"The earthquake also focuses attention on the nuclear power plant that Iran is building on the Bushehr Peninsula. The plant is on the same geological fault line that destroyed Bam. Each year, thousands of tremors of various degrees of intensity are recorded on that fault line.
Bushehr itself has thrice been destroyed by earthquake in recent times (1877, 1911 and 1962). It is not hard to imagine what an earthquake that destroys a nuclear power plant could do to the entire Persian Gulf area." [Via ActivistChat.com.]
For more on the Bushehr plant, read my post, NUCLEAR THREAT BY THE AXIS OF EVIL.
UPDATE 01/06/04: Here is an excerpt from Geesou Atasheen's article, Iranians Begged the US Aid Workers to Stay:
"The Iranian National Seismological Center had provided the regime with report after report and data upon data stating that the repopulation of the area could prove to be disastrous. But the mullahs had responded by saying that the 12th Imam, who is "invisible," would shield the residents of the city from harm!"
For more information on the earthquake in Bam, read Allen Forkum's post, Earthquake Diplomacy.
For more cartoons like this, check out John Cox & Allen Forkum's book, Black & White World.