Interesting points to remember when we read and hear all
the negatives that are printed or broadcast daily, in our "unbiased" news
Since President Bush declared an end to major combat on May
first, these events have taken place:
1. The first battalion of the
new Iraqi Army has graduated and is on active duty.
2. Over 60,000 Iraqis now
provide security to their fellow citizens.
3. Nearly all of Iraq's 400 courts
4. The Iraqi judiciary is fully independent.
Monday, October 6th, power generation hit 4,518 megawatts exceeding the prewar
6. All 22 universities and 43 technical institutes and colleges are
open, as are nearly all primary and secondary schools.
7. By October 1st,
Coalition forces had rehabbed over 1,500 schools -
500 more than
8. Teachers earn from 12 to 25 times their former salaries.
All 240 hospitals and more than 1200 clinics are open.
10. Doctors salaries
are at least eight times what they were under Saddam.
distribution has gone from essentially nothing to 700 tons in May to a current
total of 12,000 tons.
12. The Coalition has helped administer over 22 million
vaccination doses to Iraq's children.
13. 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.
14. We have restored over three-quarters of
prewar telephone services and over two-thirds of the potable water
15. There are 4,900 full-service telephone connections. We expect
50,000 by year-end.
16. 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.
17. 95 percent of all prewar bank customers have service
and first-time and customers are opening accounts daily.
18. The central bank
if fully independent.
19. Iraqi banks are making loans to finance
20. Iraq has one of the worlds most growth-oriented investment
and banking laws.
21. Iraq has a single, unified currency for the first time
in 15 years.
22. Satellite TV dishes are legal for the first time.
Foreign journalists aren't on 10-day visas paying mandatory and extortionate
fees to the Ministry of Information for minders and other government
24. There is no Ministry of Information.
25. There are more than
26. You can buy satellite dishes on what seems like every
27. Foreign journalists (and everyone else) are free to come
28. A nation that had not one single element - legislative, judicial
or executive -of a representative government now does.
29. 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
30. Today in Iraq chambers of commerce, business, school and
professional organizations are electing their leaders all over the
31. 25 ministers, selected by the most representative governing body
in Iraq's history, run the day-to-day business of government.
32. 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
33. Shiva religious festivals that were all but banned aren't.
For the first time in 35 years, in Kabala thousands of Shiites celebrate the
pilgrimage of the 12th Imam.
35. The Coalition has completed over 13,000
reconstruction projects, large and small, as part of a strategic plan for the
reconstruction of Iraq.
36. 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
37. Children aren't imprisoned or murdered when their
parents disagree with the government.
38. Political opponents aren't
imprisoned, tortured, executed, maimed, or are forced to watch their families
die for disagreeing with Saddam.
39. Millions of long suffering Iraqis no
longer live in perpetual terror.
40. Saudis will hold municipal
41. Qatar is reforming education to give more choices to
42. Jordan is accelerating market economic reforms.
43. 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.
45. Iraq is free.