July 29, 2007


Oil-rich Iran turns heat on President over petrol rationing (Anne Penketh, 29 July 2007, Independent)

In Tehran, petrol queues have become a frequent sight. Last Friday night, as Tehranis returned to the city after their weekly day off, cars were backed up at midnight outside one petrol station in northern Tehran, home to the city's wealthy, Hermes-wearing elite, which has never been a fan of the populist President. Here, restaurant diners don't even look up from their lamb kebabs when a creature in a red scarf drives her matching red sports car along Valiasr Avenue, the tree-lined road that cuts through the city from north to south.

It's a different story in the working-class southern districts, where voters turned out in their hordes to elect the Tehran mayor as President in June 2005.

Impoverished Iranians who supplement their income as unofficial taxi drivers have been particularly affected by the petrol rationing, which was introduced with only three hours' notice on 27 June, prompting motorists to burn down a dozen petrol stations around Tehran.

Although pockets of rioting were also reported elsewhere in the country, the effects of the rationing are considered to be worst in the capital, a city of 14 million. Private motorists are allowed only 100 litres a month, or three litres a day, while official taxis get 800 litres a month. In the popular Iranian resort of Kish, an island on the Gulf, travellers say it is impossible to get a taxi because of the rationing. [...]

The question now is the extent to which the President's declining popularity will be further damaged by the rationing, which comes at a time when inflation – officially 13 per cent but estimated to be at least double that – is rising.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 29, 2007 7:13 AM

Nukes fill my gas tank.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 29, 2007 8:08 AM

Lou, explain please.

Posted by: erp at July 29, 2007 12:47 PM

Erp, Thanks for asking. I have to confess that the original comment, laconic to the point of being cryptic, was so made as to invite such a request.

Cheap oil is one of the benefis which accrue to us as a result of our dominion over palm and pine, which in turn is secured by our nuclear warfighting capability.

Indeed, the entire modern world as we know it is made possible by the law and order provided by our nukes. This is the power which underwrites everything.

Ponder this way of looking at things as you drive about. Weigh the fragility of the world economy. Ourselves, Europe, India, China, all, are dependent on the protection which flows from the World Government.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 29, 2007 8:42 PM

Lou, you're right it was a bit too cryptic because it's getting so I can't tell satire from sanity anymore. I really don't care a pin about the rest of the world. Any country can have our blueprint by a clicking around the internet for a couple of minutes.

I'm assuming that by world government you mean our strength, not only our nukes, which keeps the world from blowing itself up beyond repair and that's fine with me.

In my daily travels, I do look around and am amazed at what I see. Millions of people going about their business with good humor and energy and I give thanks that we're among them.

Posted by: erp at July 29, 2007 9:43 PM

That's silly. Saddam was perfectly happy to sell us all the oil he could pump.

Posted by: oj at July 29, 2007 10:49 PM

That's it. There is a world system of law and order, and the overwhelming, resistless power of United States strategic countervalue capability makes it all possible.

Few see this, and of those, fewer still face it. Rather they prate of Westphalian systems, as if those things mattered.

Run this one by. All that operational capability afforded by our conventional force projection, and tactical capability from the lastest technologies, could be checked by enemy counter-force nukes. But our country-busting, sea-of-glass systems deter this.

Again, all of humanity luxuriates in the American peace, which we owe to our nukes.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 30, 2007 8:22 AM

There is no world system, law and order are whatever we say they are.

Posted by: oj at July 30, 2007 10:17 AM

Let's have sanctions that cut Iran's current importation of refined petroleum products and then you'd see some real fireworks.

Posted by: Genecis at July 30, 2007 11:34 AM

Oj: Of course. That is the world system.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 31, 2007 8:54 AM


Posted by: oj at July 31, 2007 9:37 AM