June 16, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Global Guerrillas test tactics in Iraq

John Robb's Global Guerrillas site is tracking how the ongoing attacks in Iraq and Saudi Arabia aim to -- and are succeeding at -- create massive destabilization with relatively little effort.

A sample from a current post, Global Guerrillas: JOURNAL: Global Guerrillas test tactics in Iraq

* The [Iraqi electric] system's complexity as well as the American tendency to centralize production with efficient, expensive equipment is also working against rapid repair. Some Iraqis also complain that Western engineers have been unable to grasp the complexities of a creaky electrical grid that is a patchwork of ancient Russian, German, Yugoslavian, Chinese and American equipment. The Iraqis say that the engineers, often Americans, reflexively reach for fancy new gear costing tens of millions of dollars that can take months or years to order, ship and install.

* Before the war, Baghdad had 20 hours of power today. Currently power is allocated is spread across the country evenly at 8-12 hours a day.

Power infrastructure is key to almost all forms of reconstruction and development. Again, Iraq is proving to be the test lab of global guerrilla warfare.