Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tormenting Iraqis, and stringing them along too

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face— forever. from 1984 by George Orwell


From Basra: Fadhil Sarhan Manahi – 50 – retired gov employee:
"Electricity is like a dear, but reluctant visitor. It comes for two hours after four hours of no electricity – or this is supposed to be the schedule that is never implemented, because as soon as it comes it is cut again and again during the two hours. In the heat of Basra this makes people depressed and we despair of life and of any hope in the government".

I don't think there's really any serious plan to rebuild Iraq's electricity infrastructure. Note that the US has pulled back now that it's given plenty of time for organized Satanism in its various guises to rape the place, to create a new army of pod people for Satan out of its members, and to unleash the Reesian mind-destroyers to fine-tune their techniques for creating utter hopelessness by creating Hell on Earth. (The unpredictability of the electricity is probably part of it.) Now it's just a matter of maintaining the status quo and telling the Iraqi people that there will be sufficient electricity in a couple of years, by which time they probably figure the global economy will collapse and there will be a major conflict which their "economists" will be able to cite as the reason their "recovery" never materialized. Or something like that.

Below, I have included excerpts from various articles which support my claims, and I've added comments in brackets.
“Neither the ministry of electricity nor the government has done anything wrong; both are doing their job. All that happened is a delay in our plans to boost electricity due to lack of money because of the international financial crisis which has hit the whole world, not just Iraq,” Thamir al-Gadhban, head of Maliki’s cabinet and the prime minister’s oil adviser, said.
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The government said it spends roughly 3.5 billion US dollars on electricity generating and infrastructure projects each year. Deals to build power plants and improve Iraq’s faulty electricity grids have been signed with international corporations General Electric and Siemens, BUT THE RESULTS ARE YEARS AWAY.
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“The ministry needs five billion dollars per year, and we get around 1 to 1.2 billion. According to our plans, electricity was meant to be provided to Iraqi citizens at a rate of 12 hours per day in 2010, and 24 hours per day in 2011. But the lack of money has changed all our plans; we could not build new power plants or fix the old ones. To improve the electricity situation, we need to increase the budget,” Deputy Minister of Electricity Raad al-Hares told IWPR.
[The financial situation is only getting worse, without a global Glass-Steagall.]
As US combat troops leave Iraq this month, one of the problems left behind is a critical shortage of electricity for ordinary Iraqis.

The problem used to be blamed on the insurgency, but now -- with the insurgency largely quelled -- it is a measure of the future economic and political challenges the country faces instead.
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To deliver the power supplies Iraqis want, the new electricity minister will have to reverse what since 2003 has been a history of massive investment with little result.
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But many observers say that the goal of adding 5,000 megawatts over the next two years may be too ambitious to be completed on schedule.

Hamish McNinch, a former British Army engineer who served as principle energy adviser to coalition commanders in Iraq in 2008 and 2009, commented last month in "The Wall Street Journal" that buying new generators is the easiest part of the energy equation.

"The construction and commissioning of the full power plants is the real challenge," he wrote. "That's a job for consulting engineers and construction companies, NONE OF WHOM HAVE YET BEEN SELECTED, LET ALONE CONTRACTED, TO START THE WORK."
from Electricity Shortages in Iraq by Charles Recknagel
Why has supplying this basic public utility proved so difficult? Hinks said he could not go into too many details about Kabul because his company is in the midst of contentious international arbitration with the prime contractor there. But having built transmission lines in some of the most dangerous parts of Iraq during the most dangerous years (from 2003 to 2007), he had a few key points he wanted to make. Though technical and administrative, what they came down to is the fundamental question of priorities. WASHINGTON NEVER QUITE REALIZED, OR AT LEAST NEVER FIRMLY DECIDED, THAT TURNING ON THE LIGHTS SHOULD BE AT THE TOP OF ITS LIST. And when the great military-industrial contracting machine did focus attention, in short spurts, IT TENDED TO THROW MONEY AWAY ON PRIVATE SECURITY CONTRACTORS and wildly expensive air transport of heavy machinery and even trailers to house personnel.
Whether one agrees with this or not usually depends on whether one supported or opposed the invasion. The conservative view was expressed by David Brooks in an opinion piece entitled “Nation Building Works” in the New York Times this week. In an article packed with statistics, Brooks gloated over what he sees as Iraq’s thriving economy.

Prof Juan Cole, of the University of Michigan, is representative of liberals who opposed the war. “Iraq has been put through the gates of hell,” he says. “The US invasion didn’t cause everything in a direct way, but it set off everything that happened. It’s a wounded society . . . Brooks’s faith in nation building, based on statistics, is typical of American positivism, but doesn’t reflect reality.”
[Brooks was just trying to salvage his credibility, since he was a major cheerleader for the invasion. So, he lied some more.]
While the U.S. protection of the British-sponsored opium production in Afghanistan started under the Bush-Cheney Administration, it was Obama who ended all eradication of opium, and ended the efforts to eliminate the drug lords and traffickers who fund the Taliban and other insurgencies.
[I included this as an indication of Obama's chaos-agenda for the region. There is an abundance of evidence that the Taliban are controlled by the British empire. For example, see The British/Saudi Slush Fund and the Rise of Wahhabism and British Kill Afghan Journalist Who Exposed Their Double Game in Afghanistan. So, naturally Obama would protect one of their main sources of funding.]