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Iraqi Power Grid Ready To Collapse

Iraqi’s throughout the country, but especially in the capitol city of Baghdad, are close to losing the little daily electricity they get, due to a rapidly degrading power grid, according to the Iraqi electricity minister.

Citing a lack of fuel, poor maintenance, and insurgent sabotage, coupled with ever increasing demand, the Iraqi power grid can’t meet demand for even half of residents, and in the last week there have been four nationwide blackouts.

Aziz al-Shimari said the shortages were the worst since the summer of 2003, shortly after the US-led invasion overthrew Saddam Hussein.

Baghdad residents are complaining that the situation this summer is even worse than four years ago, corresponden ts say.

But that’s not all. Oxfam recently released a report that claimed that nearly 70% of Iraqi’s didn’t have adequate water supplies and 80% had no access to effective sanitation.

Blame this on the insurgency if you will, for indeed, the constant sabotage does play a huge roll in Iraq’s fall from modernity. But the insurgency is a direct result of the US invasion and overthrow of Saddam Hussein and subsequent lack of planning for any kind of post Saddam strategy. The careless abandon with which the Bush Administrati on has handled the entire Iraq debacle continues still, as the US Army says that Iraq must now find a way to solve their infrastructu re problems on their own.

The general in charge of helping Iraq rebuild its infrastructu re, Michael Walsh, said that although Iraqi authorities only have one-quarter of the money needed for reconstructi on, solving the problem was now up to them.

Gen Walsh told the BBC that the US had jump-started reconstructi on but that, working with donor nations, the Iraqi government needed to do the rest.

In theory I actually agree with this concept. Iraqi’s should be the ones repairing their broken infrastructu re. But it is the US who begat the destruction and it is the US who needs to provide the financial assistance and technical expertise. Unfortunatel y, the US can’t seem to keep track of anything it sends to Iraq, so the situation will remain FUBAR indefinitely .

Colin Powell warned Bush that, “If you break it, you own it,” regarding Iraq. What Colin Powell didn’t understand is that Bush breaks all his toys. Then he throws them away and moves on for something new to break, leaving the pieces scattered for someone else to pick up.

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2 Responses to “Iraqi Power Grid Ready To Collapse”

  1. What’s truly sad is that Saddam got the powergrid back online about 4 months after the punishing 1991 war that destroyed much of Iraq’s power infrastrucur e.
    If the incompetent Saddam could achieve this, it is a testament to Dubya’s performance after 4 years of trying to keep the electricity on in Baghdad.

    The blame goes 100% to the president, who endorsed a policy of forcing Iraqi businesses to compete with foreign contractors.   Iraq after decades of socialism had no way to compete, thus the reconstructi on money didn’t go to the iraqi economy and the bloodletting of iraqi jobs was disastrous.

    Obsession with privatizatio n is killing iraq.

  2. Here is an article I posted a couple of days ago on this:

    http://www.p  /print19525 6.htm

    From the article:

    “The conflict over electricity is a perennial problem in Iraq, which ironically sits atop one of the world’s largest crude oil reserves. The system became decrepit under Saddam Hussein whose regime was under a U.N. sanctions regime after the Gulf War and had trouble buying spare parts or the equipment to upgrade the system.”

    The system was NOT good under Saddam. The article also sites sabatouge as a major factor.

    “«And what makes Baghdad the worst place in the country is that most of the lines leading into the capital have been destroyed. That is compounded by the fact that Baghdad has limited generating capacity.
    He said that there are 17 high-tension lines running into Baghdad but only two were operational. The rest had been sabotaged.
    «When we fix a line, the insurgents attack it the next day,» al-Shimari said.”

    This has nothing to do with Iraqi vs foreign contractors. It would not matter who rebuilds the lines it they are destroyed the next day. The battle is with the insurgents who want a strife and a civil war. This is why the surge is important and from recent accounts is working. If we can stop the sabatouge we can restore the power grid. To make it sound like the utilities worked great under Saddam is just false.

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