Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Saturday, May 03, 2003

Now is the time to panic. Electricity shortages in Baghdad mean that beer is not reaching the market.

Beer has many fine qualities but, to the great disappointment of the brewers of Baghdad, it cannot bottle itself. So the men over at the Shahrazad Brewery here have been standing guard over 30 metal cylinders holding 4,500 liters of beer, minus that which they have consumed themselves since the start of the war.

"We are proud of our beer," said Yousif Gadin, a 25-year employee of the brewery, who backed up his claim by taking a morning slug from a small plastic pitcher and smiling a foam mustache. "We would like for people to be able to drink it again."

Heh. I like this explanation offered by an electrician at the brewery to explain the seeming inconsistency in the Sharia proscription on alcohol with the consumption by Muslims in Iraq.

"We pray, we drink."

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