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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Life in Iraq

Wish I could say that I did this research, but I didn't. However, here are some very interesting statistics that did come out of the research that this person sent to the Daily Telegraph's Letters to the Editor yesterday. The gentleman writes:

SIR - During the past few weeks, I have done some careful research into what is happening in Iraq.

I have discovered that 47 countries have re-established their embassies there.

The current Iraq government employs 1.2 million Iraqis.

More than 3,100 schools have been renovated and 364 are being rehabilitated, with 263 under construction.

Twenty (20) universities and 46 institutes are operating. Some 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary schools by the end of 2005.

The Iraqi police force has more than 55,000 fully trained and equipped officers, and there are five (5) police academies producing 3,500 new officers every eight (8) weeks.

There are at least 1,190,000 mobile-phone subscribers.

There is a fully independent media network of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers, and 10 television stations.

As the gentleman says there is pretty much a normal life that is going on, although we rarely hear about it.


At 12:08 PM , Anonymous the letter b said...

good to hear that after all the efforts and sacrifice made by everyone regardless who they are. i'll make sure that i express my gratitude to any troopers who drop by the wee islet the next time. thanks for the post, Alice :)

At 1:12 PM , Blogger Alison said...

All sadly a thankless task which has cost good lives jobs and reputations. Im so so very disappointed the Iraqi Basra council themselves fail to recognise the improvements and indeed the sacrifices. Im afraid thats whay ive had enough. I want the troops to come home Alice so that the lives of those sacrificed is not forgotten in the current media frenzy to disrepute and villify. I of course blame the media entirely for the lack of noted improvements in the country and its constitution. But honestly why dont these iraqi media institutions noted by the letter writer stand up and say 'thank you'? There is good being done as youve shown us and blogs show us. But that gets kicked aside if theres a chance of troop bashing and labelling ('occupiers').

At 5:28 AM , Blogger MonicaR said...

There are so many good things happening in Iraq and it's a shame that there are elements in our world that would love to see the effort fail. They very well could see it happen if we are not vigilant and strong. Thank you for posting the positives and I'm glad that guy wrote the letter.

It is very discouraging and disheartening to hear people every day who believe that Iraq is a quagmire. I understand the way that Alison feels. We have to remember that because it is not reported does not mean that it is not happening. I was so angry with the Iraqi people until I found Iraq The Model and the Mesopotamian - Iraqi bloggers. They restored my faith in Iraq and her people. The Iraqi deserve freedom as anyone else, they are capable of piecing their government together and they are intelligent enough to make it work. God Bless Iraq, God Bless America and God Bless the UK and coalition troops.

At 9:50 AM , Blogger "Alice" said...

I dispise how the MSM reflects our troops (both the UK and USA, mind you). And I equally dispise the fact that good news is considered no news.

At 12:38 AM , Anonymous steve said...

life in iraq is completely normal. most countries have daily car bombs, suicide bombers, random shootings and spotty electrical and water service.


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