Iran – What, No Gas?
When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad campaigned for the Iranian presidency, he promised Iranians that he would put the country’s oil wealth “on people’s tables.” Not only has he failed to make this or any of his economic pledges come to pass, his economy is on the verge of collapse. He is rapidly becoming as unpopular with his own populace as he is with the global one. Below is a summary of a story from Fox News:
- Supreme leader Ali Khamenei, broke his silence and said one of the most important tasks of the Judiciary is to "deal decisively, with no hesitation to teach a lesson to the violators of law."
- The regime has conceded that some arrests have been made in connection with the riots; however, many reports indicate that the detainees are in thousands. Some eyewitness accounts from Tehran and other cities indicate that government forces opened fire, killing a number of angry protesters.
- The people of Iran must now settle for about 26 gallons (U.S.) of gas a month.
- Rationing makes it particularly difficult for many people who need multiple jobs to make ends meet.
- Unemployed people who use their private cars as taxis to earn a living are particularly hard hit.
- Gasoline rationing has already accelerated inflation, a major problem in the country. Prices of dairy products have risen by as much as 25 percent over the past few days. In many areas of the country, housing prices have already gone up as much as 30 percent since the announcement of gasoline rationing just a few days ago.
- In Tehran, incompetence and corruption reign supreme. Due to the regime’s failure to build an adequate oil industry infrastructure — it’s had 28 years to work on it — there are not enough refineries to produce gasoline for the country’s needs. Iran has therefore been buying gasoline on the world market, $5 billion worth a year, to meet the demand. Now, however, Iran simply can no longer afford it.
- Ahmadinejad once declared that the Iranian people “are waiting" for the fundamentalists to serve them. The violent protests across the nation this week prove that the people are through with waiting.
- Most people hold the regime responsible for refusing to further subsidize gasoline, while spending huge sums of money on its nuclear program, funding various terrorist groups around the globe.
- Ahmadinejad’s confrontational acts and the regime’s refusal to halt its nuclear enrichment program have led to economic sanctions that are further crippling a poorly managed economy.
- But this week the truth about Iran blazes across television screens around the world. Iran’s reality is not the story of people fighting for nuclear “rights” and blindly following a religious fundamentalist regime, but the story of a young, proud, educated population that will no longer settle for the increasingly oppressive and violent regime that rules it.
- Ahmadinejad's Achilles' heel is his own defiant population. For all its tragedy, the fire engulfing Iran is a clear signal that the Iranian people are demanding change.
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Gas Rationing Causes Riots in Iran
By Alireza Jafarzadeh
For all of the Iranian President’s bombast and inciting rhetoric, it would appear the greatest single amount of gas in Iran is Ahmadinejad’s mouth. Such an oil rich nation, not having enough gas for its own people, is a picture hard to fathom in the U.S. Thank God for that. We need to urge our politicians to continue pressuring the regime in Iran until they either listen to us or their own people.
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