When power's out, it's political
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A friend who reported news from Iraq amid the turmoil there in 2006 told of how ordinary Baghdad residents showed anger at occupying Americans only at certain moments -- mostly, when the electricity failed. Many just wouldn't believe the United States, with all its resources, couldn't restore it immediately.
Blackouts are political, even amid war, turning people powerless in more ways than...