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Saturday, May 15, 2004

(Mostly ignored) Positive News 

Michael King reports some stats on infrastructure benefits that Iraq has gained since we arrived there (Scroll down to: "Destroyed Iraq's infrastructure? Not bloody likely..."). These were recorded by a soldier that is in Iraq today. I listed them below.

Just another example of the media ignoring some positive news that might help Dubya's image.

Unfortunately, it'd also help the morale of the country and give people a reason to believe that we are actually doing some good over there. But that wouldn't be good news, would it?


Over 4.5 million people have clean drinking water for the first time ever in Iraq.
Over 400,000 kids have up to date immunizations.
Over 1500 schools have been renovated and ridded of the weapons that were stored there so education can occur.
The port of Uhm Qasar was renovated so grain can be off loaded from ships faster.
School attendance is up 80% from levels before the war.
The country had its first 2 billion barrel export of oil in August.
The country now receives 2 times the electrical power it did before the war
100% of the hospitals are open and fully staffed compared to 35% before the war.
Elections are taking place in every major city and city councils are in place.
Sewer and water lines are installed in every major city.
Over 60,000 police are patrolling the streets.
Over 100,000 Iraqi civil defense police are securing the country.
Over 80,000 Iraqi soldiers are patrolling the streets side by side with US soldiers.
Over 400,000 people have telephones for the first time ever.
Students are taught field sanitation and hand washing techniques to prevent the spread of germs.
An interim constitution has been signed.
Girls are allowed to attend school for the first time ever in Iraq.
Text books that don't mention Saddam are in the schools for the first time in 30 years.

Comments:
I'm Michael King, but thanks anyway!
 
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