Iran's Indifference to Its People's
Your Dec. 29 editorial "Saving Lives in Bam" correctly points to the
responsibility of Iran's ruling theocracy for the
staggering level of death and destruction in the earthquake-stricken city of Bam. While most media attention was
appropriately focused on the urgent humanitarian crisis in Bam, a few
commentators made the sordid suggestion that this tragedy could provide an
"opening" for normalizing relations between Washington and Tehran.
Such suggestions are appalling and contrary to the highest interests of the
Iranian people. This regime, rather than investing Iran's vast natural wealth to develop
urban infrastructures and eliminate poverty, has spent billions expanding its
military. For any government to be so rich and so negligent of the well-being
of its citizens is depraved indifference.
Iran, as the U.S. State Department has stated, is
"the most active state sponsor of terrorism." Direct humanitarian aid
notwithstanding, the most valuable assistance for the Iranian people would be
to support their movement to replace this government with a secular democracy.
Any talk of dialogue with the government of Iran will send the worst possible signal
to the Iranian people.
U.S. Alliance for Democratic Iran