Sunday, August 12, 2012

Iran's Earthquakes and Common Humanity

Anyone paying attention knows that northwestern Iran (around the old capital city Tabriz) was hit yesterday with two devastating earthquakes.  As many as 250 people are dead, thousands injured, more thousands homeless.  Both the NY Times and the WaPo provide relatively brief coverage, but the photo arrays are compelling, and heart-rending.  (The Guardian provides a video here., and rather more extensive and humane coverage here; even more extensive coverage at al-Jazeera English here.)  They  reveal scenes of massive devastation, with ordinary people dead, hurt, traumatized, simply trying to cope.

None of the accounts notes any reach-out or expression of sympathy from the US - or Israel.  

That's a pity.

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