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December 26, 2003
US Among International Donors to Iran Aid

Iran suffered a devastating earthquake yesterday, and the death toll is expected to rise above 10,000:

Most of the historic Iranian city of Bam was destroyed in an early morning earthquake Friday, and government sources said more than 20,000 people were killed.

Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency put the death toll at 5,000-6,000, and officials said they were worried that the number could climb. News service reports quoted government officials as saying more than 20,000 died.

Several blogs have demanded US involvement in emergency aid to Iran in order to support the pro-US younger generation in Iran as well as for humanitarian reasons. Hugh Hewitt and Blog Iran are two amongst many who point out that our assistance will underscore our insistence that we are at war with terrorists and not Muslims. I doubt that our assistance will convince anyone who already thinks that we are at war with Muslims, just like our interventions on Muslims' behalf in the Balkans and in Somalia failed to impress them before. I do think that we need to give as much assistance as possible for humanitarian reasons alone, and that it will help support Iranians who want better relations with the US. Other than that, don't expect much.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at December 26, 2003 8:57 PM

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