Monday, December 18, 2006

Worse than bread riots

Bread riots spell disaster for all. Revolutions start with bread riots and revolutions lead to civil wars and civil wars lead to oppression in both camps and so on. So what can be worse than bread riots?

Strikes by bakers, of course. That is what happened in Teheran this week-end, with bakers pouring out on the streets to protest against the government’s control flour, wheat and other ingredients, necessary for making bread.

Control of such basics would indicate that there are now real shortages in Iran. Let them eat nuclear weapons or attend Holocaust-denying conferences may not turn out to be a particularly catchy phrase.


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