‘More dangerous than Isis’: power cuts leave Iraqis boiling with rage

Under a scorching sun, a man in faded blue overalls hung from a boom on the back of a truck, attempting to stitch together some unpromising bundles of electrical cables.

“We are in an endless game of fix and repair,” said Faris, a young, earnest engineer as he watched his colleague grapple with ancient wires that needed welding back into a battered electricity grid, itself a relic of the Saddam era.

The maddening confusion of cables looked like thickets of wild vines springing from rusted electricity poles. Most of the wires carried power from private generators that are more reliable than the state’s patchy electricity.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Sorry guys, but you can’t expect to run your own country when you can’t even manage an electrical grid.
    That rat’s nest of wires is from Iraqis stealing power.

    • Islam is a nation builder!

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        And Islam engenders such moral behavior too.
        Municipal power theft is like the 6th pillar of Islam.

        • The Butterfly

          No one is surprised when they win all the Nobel Prizes.

          • Xavier

            I heard that next year over six billion Nobel prizes will be given out.

        • Blacksmith

          Their prophet wasn’t a thieving warlord… no wait…..

      • Blacksmith

        I think you need to work on your definitions…….;)

  • The Butterfly

    Why on earth did we give them electricity?

  • Xavier

    Aluminum, the conductor used in many electrical cables, melts at 1218 F.
    Which is considerably below the oft-quoted 7000 F of an atomic weapon.

    Why do I mention it? No reason.

    • Blacksmith

      Interesting, maybe we should give this some more thought…..