Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Energy Shortages and High Gas Prices in Iraq

Gas is about $6 per gallon in Iraq and the electricity is on for about only four hours a day there.

The result is increasing prices for almost everything, with most people in Iraq having very little income to pay for what they need.

But that isn't the worst part.

The worst part is there is at least one area in Baghdad and across Iraq that has all the fuel and energy anyone needs--and an array of creature comforts to go with it. That area is the heavily fortified Green Zone.

The meager existence of regular Iraqi's is all the more torturous given that their American overlords are not likely doing without. Besides everything else that's wrong in Iraq, this disparency is among the most problematic, and can only result in greater opposition and anger towards the occupation.

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