When it rains it pours

I was one of those hundreds of thousands stranded today when the MTA went out of order. There is nothing worse for a commuter than being stranded hours away from his or her job, soaking wet.
And it made me think: if New York City, one of the more developed cities in the world, can’t keep its subway running when it rains a bit, just think how hard it is to build up new infrastructure in other parts of the world.
And then it made me think how ridiculous it is for some of us to expect that Iraq’s infrastructure will be up in running in less than two years when the oldest subway system in the world–one which is worked on constantly throughout its hundred or some odd years of existence–can’t even stand up in the rain.
Ah, the unbearable lightness of infrastructure expectations.

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