Iranians torch gas stations after surprise rationing announcement; Update: Iran blames U.S. for torchings

posted at 8:38 am on June 27, 2007 by Allahpundit

Hope springs eternal for the revolution that never comes but without which peace in the Middle East is impossible. Especially among righty bloggers: I’ve been reading and writing blogs for five years and every time there’s a convulsion of violence in Iran there’s an equal and opposite, and understandable, convulsion of is-this-it optimism within the ‘sphere.

This probably isn’t it but anything that involves Iranians calling for Ahmadinejad to be killed is all to the good. The lesson of the day — if you’re going to start rationing gas, you’d better give people more than two hours’ notice.

Windows were smashed and stones thrown at the stations, and there was traffic chaos as motorists queued to buy fuel…

The BBC Tehran correspondent Frances Harrison says Iran is trying to rein in fuel consumption over fears of possible UN sanctions over its nuclear programme.

Iran fears the West could impose sanctions on its petrol imports and cripple its economy…

There is anger and frustration the government did not give people more notice. Some MPs have called for an end to the rationing and parliament may postpone its summer recess to deal with the crisis.

“Guns, fireworks, tanks, [President] Ahmadinejad should be killed,” chanted angry youths, throwing stones at police.

More from the Guardian:

“This man, Ahmadinejad, has damaged all things. The timing of the rationing is just one case,” said Reza Khorrami, a 27-year-old teacher who was queuing at one Tehran petrol station last night.

Pajamas has cell phone video of one gas station burning. It’s worth revisiting these two posts, one about estimates that Iran’s oil industry will collapse within 10 years and the other (by See-Dub) about what sorts of strategic advantages that gives us now. Prescient money quote: “As for the consequences in Iraq, Iran might have better things to worry about when the gasoline riots are right on top of their bunkers.”

Update: The rioters are American spies, naturally, says an Iranian spokesman. He promises the rationing will go on — sort of:

Deputy parliament speaker Javad Bahonar told MPs that oil minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh will shortly unveil a plan to sell petrol at market prices to private citizens who need to buy more than the 100 litres per month they are allowed under the government’s newly introduced rationing. Bahonar however declined to state what the commercial price of fuel would be.

According to the Beeb, the actual cost of a gallon is about five times the subsidized price. That price? 40 cents.

Update: Hope springs eternal at the Times of London, too.


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One sure way to bolster your military allocations. Sounds like they might need to use some soon.

Limerick on June 27, 2007 at 8:43 AM

So the answer to “we’re not going to have enough fuel” is to burn down the only places to get fuel?

Awesome.

Slublog on June 27, 2007 at 8:44 AM

“Guns, fireworks, tanks, [President] Ahmadinejad Bush should be killed,” chanted angry youths, throwing stones at police.

“This man, Ahmadinejad Bush, has damaged all things. The timing of the rationing is just one case,” said Reza Khorrami, a 27-year-old teacher who was queuing at one Tehran petrol station last night.

Now it sounds like a Truther rally.

amerpundit on June 27, 2007 at 8:51 AM

Need a match?

soulsirkus on June 27, 2007 at 8:53 AM

Unfortunately, a few burned gas stations does not a revolution make, but it does bring out an important point: That the Iranians have probably overextended themselves. They’re committed to financial and military support of Hezbollah, Hamas, the various Iraqi insurgent groups, and now the Taliban in Afghanistan. Not to mention possible ties to Venezuela and elsewhere. This gives us both great opportunities, but it also means there are some very great risks–the mullahs won’t go quietly into the night–they’ll lash out and we better be ready for it.

Matt Helm on June 27, 2007 at 8:54 AM

So the answer to “we’re not going to have enough fuel” is to burn down the only places to get fuel?

Kind of like the Earth Liberation Front burning CO2-producing SUVs – thus pruducing more CO2.

Bigfoot on June 27, 2007 at 8:55 AM

Now it sounds like a Truther rally.

amerpundit on June 27, 2007 at 8:51 AM

In my best Bugs Bunny voice: “Ain’t it the truth!” ;-) ;-)

TwinkietheKid on June 27, 2007 at 9:04 AM

We need Fred! to get into office and start pumping money to those same people who are calling for Ahmadinejad’s death. Then we might have a revolution… That’s probably our best hope… that, or Ahmadinejad will soil himself when Fred! comes to power and immediately resign and/or kill himself out of fear of Fred Thompson.

John_Locke on June 27, 2007 at 9:05 AM

TwinkietheKid on June 27, 2007 at 9:04 AM

Heh.

amerpundit on June 27, 2007 at 9:13 AM

If you really want to see a good old fashion riot check out our own history. And wait, they will be coming back soon only this time in High Def.

Legions on June 27, 2007 at 9:13 AM

Fuel rationing in Iran was mentioned exactly a year ago in the press.

Nonblonde on June 27, 2007 at 9:13 AM

Can’t we all just get along?

sonnyspats1 on June 27, 2007 at 9:23 AM

Only in the countries that have a press, such as it is.

Jaibones on June 27, 2007 at 9:25 AM

Hope springs eternal for the revolution that never comes

I just hope if it is going to happen, it happens before Iran has produced any nuclear weapons. Having even a single nuclear weapon disappear into the terrorist networks is something I don’t want to think about.

taznar on June 27, 2007 at 9:27 AM

I love the irony of Iran being one of the most oil rich nations on this earth. Burn, baby, burn.

Blake on June 27, 2007 at 9:29 AM

Dude, I don’t even know when I last burned anything other than a candle. I am not hip.

French youths: cars.
Iranians: gas stations.
Saddam: oil fields.
Seattle protesters: effigies of soldiers.
Islamic Rage Boy: American flags.
George Bush: the conservative base.

saint kansas on June 27, 2007 at 9:33 AM

We Have Seen This Before

BohicaTwentyTwo on June 27, 2007 at 9:52 AM

I hope we’re helping these people.

WisCon on June 27, 2007 at 9:54 AM

What do they need gas for anyway? They got Allah. They got the Qur’an. that should suffice, no?

awake on June 27, 2007 at 9:56 AM

Iran has the oil. USA has the corn. Be nice if we could use our corn supply for food and animal feed. Saving a penny at the pump is not the answer when you have to turn around and give 10 times that amount to the grocery stores, restaurants. Rush Baby is right on..

Legions on June 27, 2007 at 9:57 AM

I imagine we’ll soon see a bunch of overweight Iranian guys with saggy pants and angry Iranian girls in lycra shorts and belly shirts looting TV’s and Play Stations….oh, I’m sorry I thought they were talking about LA.

They’re just doing the rioting that Americans won’t do.

Alden Pyle on June 27, 2007 at 10:01 AM

“Iran blames U.S. for torchings.”

I’m shocked. Shocked!, I tell ya.

“but anything that involves Iranians calling for Ahmadinejad to be killed is all to the good.”

Not necessarily. That type of lynch mob attitude does no government or nation any good. Even the shah was allowed to live – in exile. And herr whos-its didn’t arrive at power in a vacuum. Revolution is called for – but not a blood bath.

locomotivebreath1901 on June 27, 2007 at 10:05 AM

From the London Times – “1979 Islamic Revolution was “not about the price of watermelons”. Its’ devolution will be.

captivated_dem on June 27, 2007 at 10:06 AM

Calling for the blockade of Iran’s fuel supply has been on the table for several years. We need to just do it and stop screwing around.

csdeven on June 27, 2007 at 10:28 AM

We should NOT put money into any revolution here…

But we SHOULD starts blowing their gas lines and such…

If we try to control what comes to be in place of the outgoing government, we are going to have to take responsibility for it…

and truthfully, with our OWN government no longer listening to its voters (immigration and the war) who are we to put somthing in place…

Romeo13 on June 27, 2007 at 10:34 AM

The rioters are American spies, naturally, says an Iranian spokesman.

He may be right though… We all know that the US is trying to induce a “soft” revolution from within and is funding and helping dissidents. It’s even been mentioned here at HA several times.

Who cares though? Iranians are angry even without the CIA telling them to act angry.

AlexB on June 27, 2007 at 10:39 AM

St Kansas:

You forgot:

Crazy Danes: A Witch

stivv on June 27, 2007 at 10:42 AM

Revolution is called for – but not a blood bath.

Yeah. An American Revolution, not a French Revolution. Anyway we already have one potential power vacuum and locus of chaos over there. We need a second one like a hole in the head.

smellthecoffee on June 27, 2007 at 10:48 AM

So the answer to “we’re not going to have enough fuel” is to burn down the only places to get fuel? Awesome. Slublog on June 27, 2007 at 8:44 AM

You’d think it was Detroit or something.

For the Iranian revolution think GAZA. A revolution will not make things any better there in Persia. After hundreds of thosands dead the most brutal Muslim madman will take over and tha will be that.

Mojave Mark on June 27, 2007 at 11:02 AM

I think Ahmadinejad will, eventually, blame the butcher!

sugiero on June 27, 2007 at 11:21 AM

Could we pull a dirty (Hugo) Chavez on them like he did in NY with the free oil for the poor thing??? show the dissenters how compassionate we are while they’re gov’t is pulling them into poverty… some American gas stations on the iraq\iran border selling dirt cheap, who knows maybe we’d get st. Cindy on our side for once… we could send her over there to start the revolution…. I know ridiculous idea.

gberez on June 27, 2007 at 11:31 AM

Gas problems eh? Water Water everywhere but not a drop to drink.

Egfrow on June 27, 2007 at 11:33 AM

“Guns, fireworks, tanks, [President] Ahmadinejad should be killed,” chanted angry youths, throwing stones at police.

Does that phrase rhyme in Farsi?

:)

dc

dc84123 on June 27, 2007 at 11:46 AM

You forgot:

Crazy Danes: A Witch

And…

Mika Brzezinski: Paris news script.

Trickle-down incineration.

saint kansas on June 27, 2007 at 12:02 PM

How much does a gas centrifuge cost?

How much do thousands cost?

The Iranians are getting nukes, they should be glad to have no gas.

They’ll be able to start an atomic conflagration.

That should be more fun than merely driving around dusty Iran and getting beaten up by the religious cops for wearing a “westernized” soccer shirt and haircut.

Their cry should be:

Nukes yes, gas, no!

Till it hurts.

profitsbeard on June 27, 2007 at 12:33 PM

Color me stupid…

I’m trying to figure out, how they can sell gasoline @ 40¢ per gallon?

franksalterego on June 27, 2007 at 1:15 PM

Economic warfare. Iran will burn from within.

Viva La Revolucion! Oops, not just yet…. ♣

Kini on June 27, 2007 at 1:17 PM

I’m trying to figure out, how they can sell gasoline @ 40¢ per gallon?

franksalterego on June 27, 2007 at 1:15 PM

The government subsidizes it.

csdeven on June 27, 2007 at 1:19 PM

The government subsidizes it.

csdeven on June 27, 2007 at 1:19 PM

I’m jealous

franksalterego on June 27, 2007 at 1:29 PM

Iranians torch gas stations after surprise rationing announcement

Well, they are “youths”, after all. And I mean that in the French sense of the word.

ReubenJCogburn on June 27, 2007 at 1:39 PM

The rioters are American spies, naturally, says an Iranian spokesman

I wish we had spies that competent.

Iblis on June 27, 2007 at 2:02 PM

Would it be cheaper to buy iranian gas and ship it back here? Forget spies. Let’s open a state-backed black market on cheap iranian gas here in the US.

TexasDan on June 27, 2007 at 2:10 PM

Iran is probably going to start having serious problems at their own refineries due to lack of maintenance if they don’t shut them down every once in a while. I wouldn’t be surprised to start seeing serious maintenance issues with them.

But Iran is also building refineries in Venezuela to refine heavy Venezuelan crude and ship the refined products to Iran without having to pay market prices for it. Don’t know when those refineries will come online.

crosspatch on June 27, 2007 at 2:18 PM

But Iran is also building refineries in Venezuela to refine heavy Venezuelan crude and ship the refined products to Iran without having to pay market prices for it.
–crosspatch on June 27, 2007 at 2:18 PM

Hmmmm

Any idea, the result of a meeting between a gasoline tanker, and a TASM Cruise Missile?

I doubt, Iranians walking to n’ fro, would be very happy.

*Jus’ thinkin’ out loud*

franksalterego on June 27, 2007 at 4:02 PM

Rhymes with

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdF6M2FBKG4

AZConservative on June 27, 2007 at 7:00 PM

Hmmm. Bummer. I was really hoping that the blacktop would melt due to a nuke. But I’ll take what I can get!

Biffstir on June 27, 2007 at 7:58 PM