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http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/story.jsp?story=417714

[...]

Electricity is vital to life in the Iraqi capital
where the temperature can soar as high as 60C (140F)
at the height of summer. Without it there is no
air-conditioning, no refrigerators to prevent
food rotting and no light in a city terrified by
looters.[...]

[...]

Asked about Baghdad's lack of electricity at an
air-conditioned press conference, Paul Bremer,
the American head of the occupation authority,
looking cool in a dark suit and quiet purple tie,
simply asserted that, with a few exceptions,
Baghdad was now receiving 20 hours of electricity
a day. "It simply isn't true," said one Iraqi,
shaking his head in disbelief after listening
to Mr Bremer. "Everybody in Baghdad knows it."

[...]

Even the few Iraqis who have joined the Coalition
Provisional Authority under Mr Bremer - which
operates out of Saddam Hussein's heavily fortified
Republican Palace in the centre of the capital -
describe the American officials administering
Iraq as "living in an air-conditioned fantasy
world".

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http://www2.iraqwar.ru/iraq-read_article.php?articleId=9711&lang=en

[...]

The coalition's failure even to try to stop the
robberies, rapes and murders following the
collapse of the regime on 9 April quickly began
the erosion of support for the U.S. military
action to oust Saddam. Almost three months on,
electricity, clean water, cooking gas, and fuel
for cars and machinery are still in terribly
short supply. Security remains precarious at best.
Because of this, many Iraqis are coming to the
conclusion that their liberators are not
interested in helping them - beyond the removal
of the regime.

The Authority has done little to correct this
perception. Ensconced in one of Saddam Hussein's
vast palaces in Baghdad, Authority officials are
not allowed to leave the palace grounds without
military escort. They venture out infrequently
and know little of Iraq and Iraqis. In turn,
Iraqis have no venue, such as walk-in centres,
where they can go to air problems, register
complaints or hear first-hand from Authority
officials. Internal and external phone links
are poor or non-existent.

[...]

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I wonder how Billy Graham Jr. is doing with his
aid efforts in Iraq? The Iraqis are no doubt,
overjoyed to receive his message...
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