Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hey Buddy, Can You Spare a Match?

This story from Iran set off all kinds of alarm bells in my tiny skull:

Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP-Getty Images, from IraqSlogger

Iranians Outraged by Sudden Gas Rationing
World's Second-Biggest Exporter of Oil Imports 40% of its Gasoline

Tehran, IRAN: Iranians block a highway by setting fire in front of a petrol station today in the northwest of Tehran, after the government announced it was going to begin rationing fuel. Since the announcement of the rationing plan yesterday, which allows for only 100 liters (26 gallons) of petrol per month for private cars, long queues started appearing at fuel pumps not only in Tehran but also in the countryside.

Will this unrest cause Bush 43 to assume that now is the time to strike Iran?

When gasoline rationing comes (back) to the U.S., will we react this way? Or more violently?

All that oil "wealth" - yet without the complex refineries required to crack it, distill it and refine it, they are left without enough gasoline for their people. Which is great for the world market, because if Iranian demand was allowed to rise at a high rate, that would cut deeply into exports in an already supply-constrained world.

Wow. Talk about ratcheting up tensions in an already violent and paranoid region of the world...

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