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Originally posted by FlyersFan
What you fail to appreciate is that there is nothing 'ALLEGED' about
his 'wrongs'. He's a mass murderer. He used rape rooms and he stole
billions from his own people, causing them to go hungry and go without
medical care, so that he could build his dozens of palaces.
THIS is what America (and the coalition of the willing) has done for Iraq -
.. nearly all of Iraq's 400 courts are functioning.
.. the Iraqi judiciary is fully independent.
.. on Monday, October 6 power generation hit 4,518 megawatts - exceeding the prewar average.
.. all 22 universities and 43 technical institutes and colleges are open, as are nearly all primary and secondary schools.
.. by October 1, Coalition forces had rehab-ed over 1,500 schools - 500 more than scheduled.
.. teachers earn from 12 to 25 times their former salaries.
.. all 240 hospitals and more than 1200 clinics are open.
.. doctors salaries are at least eight times what they were under Saddam.
.. pharmaceutical distribution has gone from essentially nothing to 700 tons in May to a current total of 12,000 tons.
.. the Coalition has helped administer over 22 million vaccination doses to Iraq's children.
.. a Coalition program has cleared over 14,000 kilometers of Iraq's 27,000 kilometers of weed-choked canals which now irrigate tens of thousands of farms. This project has created jobs for more than 100,000 Iraqi men and women.
.. we have restored over three-quarters of prewar telephone services and over two-thirds of the potable water production.
.. there are 4,900 full-service telephone connections. We expect 50,000 by year-end.
.. the wheels of commerce are turning. From bicycles to satellite dishes to cars and trucks, businesses are coming to life in all major cities and towns.
.. 95 percent of all prewar bank customers have service and first-time customers are opening accounts daily.
.. Iraqi banks are making loans to finance businesses.
.. the central bank is fully independent.
.. Iraq has one of the worlds most growth-oriented investment and banking laws.
.. Iraq has a single, unified currency for the first time in 15 years.
.. satellite TV dishes are legal.
.. foreign journalists aren't on 10-day visas paying mandatory and extortionate fees to the Ministry of Information for minders and other government spies.
.. there is no Ministry of Information.
.. there are more than 170 newspapers.
.. you can buy satellite dishes on what seems like every street corner.
.. foreign journalists (and everyone else) are free to come and go.
.. a nation that had not one single element - legislative, judicial or executive - of a representative government, now does.
... in Baghdad alone residents have selected 88 advisory councils. Baghdad's first democratic transfer of power in 35 years happened when the city council elected its new chairman.
.. today in Iraq chambers of commerce, business, school and professional organizations are electing their leaders all over the country.
.. 25 ministers, selected by the most representative governing body in Iraq's history, run the day-to-day business of government.
.. the Iraqi government regularly participates in international events. Since July the Iraqi government has been represented in over two dozen international meetings, including those of the UN General Assembly, the Arab League, the World Bank and IMF and, today, the Islamic Conference Summit. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs today announced that it is reopening over 30 Iraqi embassies around the world.
.. Shia religious festivals that were all but banned, aren't.
.. for the first time in 35 years, in Karbala thousands of Shiites celebrate the pilgrimage of the 12th Imam.
.. the Coalition has completed over 13,000 reconstruction projects, large and small, as part of a strategic plan for the reconstruction of Iraq.
.. Uday and Queasy are dead - and no longer feeding innocent Iraqis to the zoo lions, raping the young daughters of local leaders to force cooperation, torturing Iraq's soccer players for losing games, or murdering critics.
.. children aren't imprisoned or murdered when their parents disagree with the government.
.. political opponents aren't imprisoned, tortured, executed, maimed, or are forced to watch their families die for disagreeing with Saddam.
.. millions of longsuffering Iraqis no longer live in perpetual terror.
.. Saudis will hold municipal elections.
.. Qatar is reforming education to give more choices to parents.
.. Jordan is accelerating market economic reforms.
.. the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded for the first time to an Iranian — a Muslim woman who speaks out with courage for human rights, for democracy and for peace.
.. Saddam is gone.
.. Iraq is free.
[edit on 7/11/2005 by FlyersFan]
Originally posted by WestPoint23
The US soldiers are doing nothing to help their image.
Yup rebuilding infrastructure giving food and aid to the locals is only showing how evil we are.
Originally posted by SportyMB
When I was in Afhganistan and the Philippines for OEF we would do all we can to help out the Locals.....in fact many units over in Iraq do the samething. You just do not see that stuff on TV. It does not sell...you should know this...the media will report what people want. People do not want to hear about me and my Marines playing soccer (football for all you non-Americans) with the locals....it just does not sell.
No, the US military is not designed as a peacekeeping force.....we are not there to keep peace, we are there to hopefully stabilize the area and train the Iraqis good enough to a point where they can police there own and build/maintain a working military/police force.
And I disagree, we have gave much to the Iraqis. My buddy in Iraq, his mom is a school teacher...anyways her school raised like money and boxes and boxes of goods and school supplies for the little Iraqis.
That's just one teacher and one school...almost all units there do things like that. Like you said it's the small things that counts
Have the only Iraqis that you and Westpoint met been the ones you see on Fox News? If anyone’s in the army take a chance and talk politics with them.
Regarding Sporty MB I have no idea how many schools and hospitals I’ve built. I doubt its any. But I have given £1000 of my own money towards the children of Iraq. Have you done that yet?
Originally posted by AlwaysLearning
but as much as Flyer Fan believes the neocon rhetoric
she spews in every forum mentioning Iraq
Originally posted by Galvatron
They sit in their Humvees behind machine guns.
They march on patrol giving everyone the evil eye.
Originally posted by Liberal1984
I would like to point out to Flyston that the U.N
was responsible for Iraq’s sanctions not Saddam
(that’s why they were called U.N. sanctions, not Saddam-Sanctions).
Tell me if Saddam benefited from sanctions
didn’t he lose out when he got rid of his WMD’s?
In direct response to Flyerstone
Everybody seems to agree that Jews deserve a state.
I would agree if only they actually paid the Palestinians
for the land their state built on.
For every Israeli known to have died there at least another
9 dead Palestinians.
Some people think the Palestinians are always terrorists but without anything resembling an army wants choice do they actually have?
A Jerry Springer Summary…
Originally posted by Liberal1984
Israel was founded in 1948 and without proper (if any)
payment to Palestinians
Originally posted by Liberal1984
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