It insults my intelligence when I learn something of profound importance via an email that I should have already learned through the Media. Whether or not you agree with our involvement in Iraq, we should still be given the whole picture of what we have accomplished by placing our troops in that war zone. The Media has not given us the whole truth and while the loss of life is always an important news story, so should be the positive aspects. Tragically, the lack of accentuating the positive in Iraq serves two purposes: It is intended to undermine the world's perception of the United States thus minimizing consequent support, and it is intended to discourage American citizens. I received the following as an email today and I am sure that many of you may have seen this too. I am posting it on my blog for those who may have missed it and simply because it angers me to know that this has been withheld from me by the Media. Nobody likes war, but when our troops are accomplishing some positive things, Damn it, I want to know about it. Furthermore, I have a RIGHT to know about it. I am enclosing a link at the bottom of this post in case you wish to check the validity of the information.
- Did you know that 47 countries have reestablished their embassies in Iraq?
- Did you know that the Iraqi government currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi people?
- Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under rehabilitation,
263 new schools are now under construction and 38 new schools have been completed in Iraq?
- Did you know that Iraq's higher educational structure consists of 20 Universities,
46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers, all currently operating?
- Did you know that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in January 2005 for the re-established Fulbright program?
- Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational? They have 5 - 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment.
- Did you know that Iraq's Air Force consists of three operational squadrons, which includes 9 connaissance and 3 US C-130 transport aircraft (under Iraqi operational control) which operate day and night, and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and 4 Bell Jet Rangers?
- Did you know that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando Battalion?
- Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers?
- Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce over 3500 new officers each 8 weeks?
- Did you know there are more than 1100 building projects going on in Iraq? They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities and 69 electrical facilities.
- Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations?
- Did you know that 4. 3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October?
- Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq and phone use has gone up 158%?
- Did you know that Iraq has an independent media that consists of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations?
- Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004?
- Did you know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a televised debate recently?
OF COURSE WE DIDN'T KNOW! WHY DIDN'T WE KNOW? OUR MEDIA WOULDN'T TELL US!
Instead of reflecting our love for our country, we get photos of flag burning incidents at Abu Ghraib
and people throwing snowballs at the presidential motorcades.
---- Above facts are verifiable on the Department of Defense web site.
Subject: Interesting Statistic!
Regardless of where you stand on the issue of the U.S. involvement in Iraq ,
here is a sobering statistic:
There has been a monthly average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theatre of
operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2,867 deaths. That gives a
firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000 soldiers.
The firearm death rate in Washington D.C. is 80.6 per 100,000 persons for the
That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in the U.S.
Capital than you are in Iraq .
Conclusion: The U.S. should pull out of Washington !