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Saturday, January 03, 2004

Way to go, Joe!

Great letter in today's Daily Camera
IRAN: Hating Jews more vital than aid?

I am appalled by the obsession with hatred by Iranian officials at a time of overwhelming tragedy in their own country. "An unbelievable human disaster has occurred," according to the governor of the province in Iran where a deadly earthquake has taken the lives of tens of thousands of people.

Iranian government spokesmen are officially welcoming foreign aid workers from anywhere except, specifically, Israel. At a time of such devastation, the leaders of Iran still find hatred of Jews as their most important issue. I might imagine that the unfortunate victims do not share the arrogant attitude of their leaders. Israel, in fact, has always been one of the first countries to respond to natural disasters anywhere in the world.

Aid has poured into Iran from countries of Asia, Europe, and North America, many of which are considered "infidels" by the clerics of Iran. Of interest is the fact that Arab countries, populated by fellow Muslims, have not offered aid. And yet the government of Iran, during its own dreadful human tragedy, can only focus on its hatred of Israel. Pathetic!

JOE MADALIA
That really needed to be said. Todah, Yosef.