The death toll from Friday's earthquake in Iran is incredible. 6.5 on the Richter scale. That's the same magnitude as the quake that struck California the week before. I'm not exactly sure what the Richter scale measurements mean, but I'm pretty sure that if Iran had adopted California's building codes, and enforced them, Friday's death toll would have been much, much lower. Accountable, responsible government has a lot of plusses and this is one.
Too many resources wasted ensuring that the people don't deviate from the political/religious dogma and not enough to creatively solving the nation's problems.
If you want to help the Earthquake victims, Stella Marie has the addresses.