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#1 Shalamar

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Posted 26 December 2003 - 02:09 PM

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BAM, Iran (Reuters) - A devastating earthquake struck the ancient Silk Road city of Bam in southeastern Iran on Friday, killing more than 5,000 people and injuring thousands of others, Iranian news agency IRNA said.

Initial estimates suggested 5,000-6,000 people died in the earthquake which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale, the official IRNA news agency quoted a senior official as saying

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  Iranian television said about 70 per cent of the buildings in the historic city, a popular tourist destination some 1,000 km (600 miles) southeast of the capital, Tehran, had collapsed and many people were feared trapped under the rubble.

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Posted 26 December 2003 - 02:12 PM

Numbers (according to the BBC) are being adjusted into the range of 15,000.... "more later" according to the website.

What a sad day for Iran.

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Posted 26 December 2003 - 02:14 PM

Indeed, the Middle East is really getting hit hard on many levels.

My heart goes out to them.
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Posted 26 December 2003 - 02:41 PM

They are also saying that the city's two hospitals collapsed, putting medical efforts in a very bad way.

My heart and thoughts are with them.
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Posted 26 December 2003 - 02:58 PM

15,000 dead :(

jeezus, that just blows my mind.

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Posted 26 December 2003 - 03:18 PM

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Posted 26 December 2003 - 04:15 PM

Besides the human tragedy, it's such an ancient city with many beautiful buildings from the ancient world now just so much dust.

I hope we are willing to send in our rescue and medical people, despite strained political relationships. It's always sobering to realize that whatever murderous catastrophes humans can concoct, nature can dwarf them in a second.

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Posted 26 December 2003 - 04:56 PM

Cardi, according to all the reports I have heard, many countries -includeing the US, are offering to send aid, sniffer dogs etc.
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Posted 26 December 2003 - 07:02 PM

Numbers are being revised upwards:



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The pre-dawn earthquake on Friday killed more than 20,000 people and injured some 50,000, government officials said. It measured 6.3 on the Richter scale and killed while people slept.

Oh, and Cardie, I wouldn't worry:

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Russia, Germany, Poland, France, Italy, the United States, Britain, Turkey and others heeded the call and pledged doctors, medical supplies and rescuers with sniffer dogs and special equipment to locate survivors.


The United States, Iran's arch-foe for almost 25 years, was among the first to offer help.


"We stand ready to help the people of Iran," said President Bush

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 01:10 AM

Well, Iran had a similar earthquake in 1990 that killed 50,000 people.  

As terrible as this tragedy is, I really hope that the U.S. and Iran can use it as an opportunity to normalize relations.

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 01:39 AM

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 10:53 AM

Fatalaties may be as high as 40,000

http://apnews.myway..../D7VMO0180.html

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The scope of the tragedy was so vast that a reliable death toll was impossible to pin down so soon after the magnitude 6.5 quake hit Bam early Friday. The Interior Ministry's early estimate on Saturday was 20,000 dead, while two leading rescue officials said the toll could eventually double.

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 12:37 PM

Cardie, on Dec 26 2003, 05:15 PM, said:

I hope we are willing to send in our rescue and medical people, despite strained political relationships. It's always sobering to realize that whatever murderous catastrophes humans can concoct, nature can dwarf them in a second.

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I, for one, hope that the US DOESN'T send aide. Where was Iran after 9-11? Did they help the US? Hell no!

So, as harsh and cruel as it sounds, if they don't do for us...why should the US do for them? Especially when Iran is NOT an ally of the US. I know if I was a doctor and President Bush said: "Go to Iran and help them." My response would probably be along the lines of: "Go to hell."
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Posted 27 December 2003 - 01:44 PM

LORD of the SWORD, on Dec 27 2003, 10:37 AM, said:

So, as harsh and cruel as it sounds, if they don't do for us...why should the US do for them? Especially when Iran is NOT an ally of the US. I know if I was a doctor and President Bush said: "Go to Iran and help them." My response would probably be along the lines of: "Go to hell."
Lending aid in this case won't help the government of Iran, and the people of Iran have enough problems without us contributing to them.
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Posted 27 December 2003 - 02:55 PM

What Rov said.  People are trapped and dying, and we might be able to save some of them because we possess technology and medical expertise they lack.  That makes it the right thing to do. We can hardly maintain our stance as a country with humane values if we fail to exercise them.  To argue that nation X behaved in a certain way that runs counter to our values and then to recommend that we in turn behave like nation X is to cast aside our values in favor of theirs. Besides, imo the best way to achieve peace and understanding in the world is to reach out to our ideological foes, not rattle sabres at them, although this latter argument may not hold much weight with someone who calls himself Lord of the Sword.  ;)

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 05:16 PM

LORD of the SWORD, on Dec 27 2003, 05:37 PM, said:

Cardie, on Dec 26 2003, 05:15 PM, said:


I hope we are willing to send in our rescue and medical people, despite strained political relationships. It's always sobering to realize that whatever murderous catastrophes humans can concoct, nature can dwarf them in a second.

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I, for one, hope that the US DOESN'T send aide. Where was Iran after 9-11? Did they help the US? Hell no!

So, as harsh and cruel as it sounds, if they don't do for us...why should the US do for them? Especially when Iran is NOT an ally of the US. I know if I was a doctor and President Bush said: "Go to Iran and help them." My response would probably be along the lines of: "Go to hell."
The very thought that someone could even utter an opinion like this is absolutely sickening. Ohh, so just because they didn't lend aid to the US, you shouldn't lend aid to them.....that's the most selfish and disgusting thing I've ever heard.

Lord of the Sword, the US is the world's last super power, an extremely rich and advanced nation. 9/11, as awful as it was is NOWHERE near the scale of this disaster. The local government in Iran is simply not capable of handling this disaster as well as the US authorities handled the attacks on 9/11.

Where's the morals of saying that just because the country is a political enemy it shouldn't be worthy of aid in a major humanitarian crisis.

Thank God the US government doesn't share your opinions.

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 05:16 PM

Javert Rovinski, on Dec 27 2003, 02:44 PM, said:

Lending aid in this case won't help the government of Iran, and the people of Iran have enough problems without us contributing to them.
Actually, it does. If you help the people of a country, a unavoidable byproduct of that is that it DOES help the country also.

Again...Where was Iran after 9-11? Hell, where was Iran after the mudslides in CA?

What has Iran done for us lately?
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Posted 27 December 2003 - 05:19 PM

Cardie, on Dec 27 2003, 03:55 PM, said:

To argue that nation X behaved in a certain way that runs counter to our values and then to recommend that we in turn behave like nation X is to cast aside our values in favor of theirs.
LMAO! I'm so sick of that lame excuse, it's not even funny. To use your example, only on a smaller scale, If Person X walks up and punches you in the face...are you going to lower yourself to Person X's position and punch him back? Or are you just going to turn the other cheek and get punched again?
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Posted 27 December 2003 - 05:22 PM

I'd probably duck.

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Posted 27 December 2003 - 05:25 PM

Aurelius, on Dec 27 2003, 06:16 PM, said:

The local government in Iran is simply not capable of handling this disaster as well as the US authorities handled the attacks on 9/11.

Where's the morals of saying that just because the country is a political enemy it shouldn't be worthy of aid in a major humanitarian crisis.

Thank God the US government doesn't share your opinions.

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This isn't the first time we've disagreed, Aurelius. And I doubt it'll be the last.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Middle East tired of the USA sticking it's nose into their affairs? Oh, but it's OK for us to do so IF AND ONLY IF it benefits that country. They don't want us sticking our nose in their affairs...let them deal with it on their own.

Although, unfortunately, Bush has pretty much already said the US will help. So the debate of whether we should aid our enemy is a moot point.
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