Monday, May 30, 2005

Ayatollah Sistani wants you to switch off 

Finally, a fatwa all of us can support:

Yesterday, an Iraqi electricity ministry official confirmed that the great Shiite reference Ayatollah Ali Al Sestani has issued a religious decree of cutting down the electricity consumption, maintaining the generation networks and transporting power at a time that both Iran and Turkey have promised of increasing the electricity exports to Iraq.
The truth of the matter is, as I've written before, that the Iraqi electricity system simply cannot cope with the combined effect of decades of neglect, constant sabotage and dramatically increasing demand. Sistani can't do much about the legacy of Saddam's mismanagement, nor about the sabotage which is conducted by Iraqi and foreign Sunnis, but he can at least try to rein in increasing demands of over half of the population - and that's a welcome step forward.


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