Iran Hopes

A Weblog on Iranian Affairs (Formerly Iran Votes 2005)

Sunday, September 04, 2005

1) Thousands of people are believed to have died as a result of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in the US. A total human disaster. Many countries have offered aid to help with the relief effort. Among them are Sri Lanka, one of the poorest countries still suffering from the pains caused by tsunami, and Indonesia, another tsunami hit country. Even Cuba and Venezuela put aside their differences with the Bush administration to offer assistance. But what did the Iranian government have to offer? Zilch! Not even a word of condolence to the victims. And this is the government which claims that it wants to take the lead in 'globalising Islam'!
I recall when earthquake hit the Iranian city of Bam in December 2003, Bush was among the first leaders of the world to react by expressing his sympathy with the victims (the US also sent considerable aid to Iran). On another corner of the globe, John Howard, the Australian PM, in his new year message to Australian nation, said that the hearts and minds of Australians were with Iranians at the time hardship. But what did the "leader of Islamic civilisation" had to say to Americans as he appeared to preach on the festive day of Maba'ss (the day when Angel Gabriel was revealed to Mohammad)? Nothing but the same worn-out stories of hostility of enemies of Islam towards Iran.

So I wish to speak for all Iranians who are well-known for their kindness and caring attitude towards others: Our hearts are with victims of this massive and sad human tragedy. We have not forgotten Americans' generousity during the time of our nation's hardship (in Gilan and Ghazvin in 1990, in Bam in 2003) and we wished we would have been able to return the favour. Alas! We are not.

2) The US has refused to issue entry visa for Iranian parliamentary delegation to attend the World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments, which will be convened at the UN this month. This act is clearly against the norms of international law and in breach of US obligations. However, it would be interesting to see how many states would react to this decision by the US, considerin that since the appointment of Ahmadinejad as president, many countries have already restricted their diplomatic exchanges with Iran. And frankly, the conference would be better off without a delegation who got their position by cheating in the elections, wouldn't it?

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually Iran has offered aid:

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/HU0453288.htm

Iran offers old foe help over Katrina
04 Sep 2005 11:00:38 GMT

Source: Reuters

TEHRAN, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Iran on Sunday offered to send humanitarian aid to victims of hurricane Katrina, becoming the latest U.S. foe to extend assistance to the country often dubbed the "Great Satan" in the Islamic republic.

"The victims have complained about the lack of timely assistance and we are prepared to send our contributions to the people through the Red Crescent," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi.

Speaking at a weekly news conference, Asefi noted that Iran, which Washington has dubbed an "axis of evil" member and accuses of developing nuclear weapons and sponsoring terrorism, had been among the first countries to send condolences after Katrina hit.

"If Iran's help is needed and requested we'd respond to the call, however we should make sure first that there is such a request," he said.

Washington has given humanitarian aid to Iran in the past when natural disasters, such as earthquakes, have struck the Islamic republic.

Iranian media have devoted extensive coverage to the aftermath of Katrina with many newspapers revelling in criticism of U.S. President George W. Bush's handling of the relief effort.

Fellow "axis of evil" member North Korea, as well as staunch U.S. critics Cuba and Venezuela, have also offered to send help to the victims of Katrina.

12:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No they did not, it says, "If Iran's help is needed and requested we'd respond to the call"...what kind of game is this, only if US asks?? give me a break. Can't they just offer money and shutup with their conditions. Shame on them.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cuba also offered, but they have to wait til US APPROVES you genius.

also:

An Iranian Petroleum Ministry officials has announced Iran's readiness to send twenty million barrels of crude oil to the United States to help Washington deal with the consequences of Hurricane Katrina in the city of New Orleans and two other southern US states.

According to a report by the US Dow Jones economic news agency, Iran's envoy to Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Ali Kazempour has by phone proposed to US concerned officials that Iran can send urgently ten to twenty million barrels of crude oil to the United States, should the US sanctions against Iran permit.

According to the report, Kazempour added, "If the sanctions are lifted we can immediately send that quantity of oil to America." Dow Jones has not given any further details about Islamic Republic of Iran's help offer to US, put forth by Kazempour.

Hurricane Katrina has in addition to billion dollars of material damage and claiming thousands of lives in the city of New Orleans and two other southern US states, disrupted the activities at US offshore oil rigs in Gulf of Mexico to the south of the United States, due to which the oil refineries in southern US states do not receive the crude oil they need.

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be prepared for the next florida hurricane or find another one that's similar. As the Boy Scouts say: "Be Prepared"!

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