Coalition of the Giving

Oil-rich Kuwait has given $10 million. Oil-richer Iran has earmarked $627,000 for disaster relief. A single Saudi telethon in 2002 managed to raise $56 million for widows and orphans of Palestinian suicide bombers, those deceased as well as those yet to blow. The Arab world’s principal contribution these past two weeks has been the usual paranoia: “Was it [the tsunami] caused by American, Israeli, and Indian nuclear testing?” wondered Mahmoud Bakri in the Egyptian weekly Al Usbu.

Coalition of the Giving

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