High cost of rocket fuel - Hezbollah going bankrupt!

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    Chad Harris Guest

    There is a much higher cost. There are 9 days before fuel runs out in the
    American University Hospital in Beirut. I don't see Hezbullah who locks
    their women and children into buildings so that they can make photo-ops on
    CNN doing a helluva lot about this.

    In tough times, docs can try to use sub medications in compromized countries
    or after the moronic Bush medicare plan they are doing it in the creme de la
    crem us and it's resulting in furthering US substandard medical care. That
    the Senate Majority leader Bill Frist is a Vanderbilt Thoracic Surgeon
    highlights this Administrations anti-science medical stupidity even more.

    At Beirut this is the situation Hezbollah has chosen to set up, and for the
    last 72 hours, weaponry from Iran has been rushed into Damascus, Syria's
    airport. Condi and Georgie had a heated difference of opinion this morning
    over whether to have direct talks with Syria and Iran. That fact
    intensifies the backdrop of this article:

    August 9, 2006
    Shortages
    As Lebanon’s Fuel Runs Out, Fears of a Doomsday Moment
    By HASSAN M. FATTAH
    BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 8 — Dr. Nadim Cortas saw the destruction wrought by
    Lebanon’s 15-year civil war, and the shortages of medical supplies that went
    with it.

    But, he says, he never thought he would face a situation like this: the
    respirators and critical medical equipment in his hospital could soon come
    to a halt.

    “This is the doomsday scenario,” said Dr. Cortas, dean of the faculty of
    medicine at the American University of Beirut and vice president for medical
    affairs. “We have about 10 days of power left,” he said.

    Almost one month into the siege of Lebanon, with a land, sea and air
    blockade by Israel choking off the country, fuel reserves have all but dried
    up.

    Two ships that were to offload more than 30,000 tons each of diesel fuel and
    fuel oil to crank the country’s power plants and generators have languished
    in Cyprus, unable or unwilling to enter Lebanese waters.

    A large stockpile of fuel oil at the Jiyeh power plant, just south of
    Beirut, was lost when Israeli warplanes bombed it on the second day of the
    war, sending oil seeping into the Mediterranean Sea or catching fire,
    sending a thick plume over Beirut.

    Even when authorities have been able to scrounge up diesel fuel to power
    generators, trucks have not been able to deliver it to hospitals in the
    south of the country because of bombed out roadways and continuing air
    strikes.

    The most pessimistic estimates have the country running out of fuel for its
    power plants in a week; the most optimistic give Lebanon less than a month
    before the blackout.

    “We’re counting down the days,” said Nabil al-Asr, a government adviser who
    has been focused on fuel issues for the High Relief Council, a governmental
    board. “There are going to be problems everywhere from hospitals to water
    pumping. The pain will go all around.”

    The blockade has affected every part of Lebanon’s economy. Lines at gas
    stations now stretch for blocks in Beirut, making filling up a half-day
    affair. Gasoline sold on the black market in Beirut costs at least twice as
    much as usual; in the south it can reach $100 per gallon.

    Electricity is being rationed, with the power out almost 12 hours a day in
    some places. Lebanon’s utility company has dropped generating output to a
    quarter of its capacity just to make supplies last, Mr. Asr said. But that
    has only increased demand for diesel to fuel private generators.

    The menus at most restaurants have shrunk, too, as food supplies have begun
    dwindling. Even diet cola is in short supply.

    Newspapers have begun to run out of newsprint, forcing some to reduce page
    counts and make plans to stop printing altogether. Even for those that can
    print full editions, sales have dropped because of the difficulty of
    distributing them.

    Nowhere have the shortages been more critical, though, than in Lebanon’s
    hospitals, many of which have been forced to close departments or turn away
    all but the most critical cases.

    Kidney dialysis supplies have been running out, as have stocks of heart
    medications and nuclear medicine for diagnostic tests, Dr. Cortas said.

    The potential loss of electrical power — both from the national utility,
    Électricité du Liban, and from in-house generators — poses the most
    catastrophic problem, he and others said.

    “A hospital won’t stop working because it’s missing one or two medications —
    you simply find substitutes,” said Sleiman Haroun, head of Lebanon’s
    association of hospital owners, which has scrambled to find fuel and keep
    supply lines running. “But a hospital will grind to a halt if it’s out of
    fuel.”

    The American University Hospital, the region’s pre-eminent medical research
    and treatment center, never closed its doors during the civil war or during
    numerous Israeli bombardments that followed. But even here, doctors and
    personnel have begun to fear a possible shutdown.

    “We never thought we could get to ground zero in such a short time,” said
    George Tomey, who became acting president of the university when the school’s
    American and European staff evacuated at the beginning of the war. “I have
    been here for 40 years and this is the worst it has ever been.”

    By Monday, 200 of the hospital’s 325 beds were occupied. There were between
    8 and 12 patients in intensive care, 22 babies in critical condition in the
    neonatal ward and at least 37 casualties from the bombings in the south.

    It could take up to 20 tons of diesel fuel a day to keep the hospital
    running if the main utility shuts down, says Dr. Haroun, the hospital
    association official. Even smaller hospitals need hundreds of gallons of
    diesel per day to stay powered, quantities that are becoming harder find.

    “Hospitals typically store 20 day’s worth of fuel — now many have only two
    or three days,” Dr. Haroun said. “Sure you can eventually find one or two
    days’ worth. But then what?”

    In Beirut, hospital administrators have agreed to funnel utility power to
    Beirut’s four largest hospitals and leave smaller hospitals powered by
    generators, said Dr. Cortas, the medical school dean.

    That decision ensures diesel supplies remain with those hospitals, buying
    perhaps several more days. More drastic plans include gathering critical
    patients at one hospital that will get priority for diesel.

    American University Hospital officials have also begun to lobby the United
    States to pressure Israel to allow oil tankers to sail into Beirut. The
    ships’ captains have refused to enter Lebanese waters without Israeli and
    United Nations guarantees. So far, however, the Israelis have not granted
    the ships safe passage, Mr. Asr said.

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    Israel isn't concerned at all about the cost of its military. It's paid for
    by the US taxpayer.

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