Monday, December 29, 2003

Lileks on the Earthquake 

Lileks has some thoughts on the Iranian earthquake, and on US aid.
I wonder if this disaster might be the Iranian Chernobyl. (Or the 21st century equivalent of the Lisbon earthquake, if you remember your Voltaire.) Just as that catastrophe laid bare the lies and the failures of the Soviet system, so might a horrible earthquake call into question the Mullahs’ claim to rule at the behest of the Almighty. It’s hard to insist that Allah wants Israel destroyed but never gets around to leveling Tel Aviv with natural disasters.

He didn't do a very good job of taking the month off. But I won't complain.

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