The Beeb thinks it sucks.

World helps – but will it forget?<br/> By Paul Reynolds <br/> World Affairs correspondent, BBC News website

It is better of course than it used to be. When Krakatoa erupted near Java and Sumatra one August day in 1883, about 40,000 people died, many of them in tsunamis triggered by the explosion. But it took so long for the outside word to find out that not much could be done to help.


But even these days, the clearing up and rebuilding is often left to the local people and their governments who suffered in the first place.

A year ago, the ancient Iranian city of Bam was struck by an earthquake. It killed about 30,000 people. A year on, survivors are still living in temporary shelters.

Except, to my mind, Iran is a very isolated country. Doesn’t share its feelings very often with other heads of state. Hasn’t really caught on to the new-millenium-sensitive-emotional-statehood like other countries.

Whereas here in the Bay Area, which “is home to the single largest concentration of people of Asian descent in the nation” according to the Merc, and with nearly 143,000 Indo-Americans in the region, and smaller immigrant populations from all those countries affected, I don’t think it’s possible. Because Asian American communities are all over the world, and there are so many countries affected, with so many relatives here, worried about their loved ones.

And let’s not forget that Iran is a comparatively rich country. If they have the money to make the bomb, and pay a bunch of diplomats to deny they’re doing so, they could probably afford to put up a few houses for their own people still living in tents. For crying out loud.

And btw, both Drudge last night and The Sun this morning have screaming headlines “The World Weeps With You” companioned with that picture of the father weeping over the limp hand of his dead son. (Who ripped off whom? Hmm?) And meanwhile Drudge has ticked the number up to 60,000. My God.