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The Good News From Iraq

Posted on 04/24/2004 5:09:47 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs

This is a letter from Ray Reynolds, a medic in the Iowa Army National Guard, serving in Iraq:

As I head off to Baghdad for the final weeks of my stay in Iraq, I wanted to say thanks to all of you who did not believe the media. They have done a very poor job of covering everything that has happened. I am sorry that I have not been able to visit all of you during my two week leave back home. And just so you can rest at night knowing something is happening in Iraq that is noteworthy, I thought I would pass this on to you. This is the list of things that has happened in Iraq recently: (Please share it with your friends and compare it to the version that your paper is producing.)

* Over 400,000 kids have up-to-date immunizations.

* School attendance is up 80% from levels before the war.

* Over 1,500 schools have been renovated and rid of the weapons stored there so education can occur.

* The port of Uhm Qasar was renovated so grain can be off-loaded from ships faster.

* The country had its first 2 billion barrel export of oil in August.

* Over 4.5 million people have clean drinking water for the first time ever in Iraq.

* 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.

* Textbooks that don't mention Saddam are in the schools for the first time in 30 years.

Don't believe for one second that these people do not want us there. I have met many, many people from Iraq that want us there, and in a bad way. They say they will never see the freedoms we talk about but they hope their children will. We are doing a good job in Iraq and I challenge anyone, anywhere to dispute me on these facts. So If you happen to run into John Kerry, be sure to give him my email address and send him to Denison, Iowa. This soldier will set him straight. If you are like me and very disgusted with how this period of rebuilding has been portrayed, email this to a friend and let them know there are good things happening.

Ray Reynolds, SFC

Iowa Army National Guard

234th Signal Battalion


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: goodnews; iraq; ohnonotagain

1 posted on 04/24/2004 5:09:49 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Great post!!!! Hopefully this will get out and counter the plane crash-esque (i.e. we don't hear about the 3,000 flights that land safely, only the one that crashes) coverage of our brave soldiers efforts.
2 posted on 04/24/2004 5:14:46 PM PDT by ScottinSacto
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To: ScottinSacto
Great stuff. But how does he know these numbers are accurate?
3 posted on 04/24/2004 5:26:43 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Thank you for posting this. You'll never hear about any of these things on CNN. Only quagmire.
4 posted on 04/24/2004 5:30:02 PM PDT by Sender (It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. -Aristotle)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Sounds like he has been stationed in Kurdistan. Wonder if a few weeks in Sadr City will change his perspective?
5 posted on 04/24/2004 5:37:13 PM PDT by Ahban
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Thanks for an excellent post!

This is the real Iraq, not the Iraq the media is desparately trying to sell to the American public.
6 posted on 04/24/2004 5:41:23 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
This proves that a picture is worth a thousand liberal words. My thoughts on a genuine American hero--Pat Tillman is in communion with Nathan Hale.
7 posted on 04/24/2004 5:43:21 PM PDT by Alex Wysocki
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Thanks.
8 posted on 04/24/2004 5:44:16 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (How can they call it a "Peace March" when they unconditionally support those who kill our soldiers?)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs

9 posted on 04/24/2004 5:45:13 PM PDT by annyokie (There are two sides to every argument, but I'm too busy to listen to yours.)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
In high school I had a homeroom teacher that was a Marine in Viet Nam. He He threatened the bunch of us that were planning on enlisting telling us we all needed to join the Air Force. His reasoning was that the Air Force sends it officers into combat and had never lost a ship.

Wonder what he'd say to this?

Æ

10 posted on 04/24/2004 5:48:47 PM PDT by AgentEcho (If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. - Will Rogers)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
THANKS for the post and pixes!!!!
11 posted on 04/24/2004 5:56:21 PM PDT by DrDeb
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To: Steve Van Doorn
Here is some further information to digest. Also, (IMHO) I do not believe this gallant soldier would intentionally make up these numbers. Furthermore, even if you cut the numbers in 1/2 or 3/4 it reflects progress being made and a nation of people now free. Getting rid of Saddam was a blessing and now our work toward a democratic Iraq must be completed. Also, terrorism must be fought tooth and nail. the only good terrorist is one 6 feet under the earth pushing up daisies. Even if the numbers posted are skewed a little bit I believe the United States and it's coalition are doing a great job in Iraq. The Kerry-ites have nothing to offer and are betting all their assets on our country's failure. What a sad and sorry political party the Democratic party has become. They can't lead, can't follow and are too dumb to get the hell out of the way. Enough said!!
12 posted on 04/24/2004 5:56:50 PM PDT by tuvals (America First - Support Our Troops!)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
"I wanted to say thanks to all of you who did not believe the media. They have done a very poor job of covering everything that has happened."

What bothers me more than the media is the fact that muslims in America could do so much for Iraq and they are silent and offering no help at all.

They could educate the people there about what it's like to live in a free country. I'm beginning to wonder if they are on the side of those who want to see our country 'taken over'.

It's a shame that our soldiers are sacrificing their lives and showing love to those in Iraq and there is nothing but silence from those who could show their gratitude with some help.

Instead - they are too busy - as in New Jersey - trying to push their beliefs and customs on America.

13 posted on 04/24/2004 5:57:05 PM PDT by LADY J
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To: tuvals
I should have included this in an earlier post.

http://usinfo.state.gov/mena/middle_east_north_africa/new_iraq.html
14 posted on 04/24/2004 5:58:59 PM PDT by tuvals (America First - Support Our Troops!)
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To: tuvals
ping
15 posted on 04/24/2004 6:04:19 PM PDT by Exton1
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To: Ahban
Wonder if a few weeks in Sadr City will change his perspective?

That's a crappy thing to say.
16 posted on 04/24/2004 6:05:26 PM PDT by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Soldier on. Best friend, worst enemy. The American fighting man.

And woman.:-}

17 posted on 04/24/2004 6:08:27 PM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Those pictures are so sweet. Especially with the kids. I just hope that these children have had enough exposure to our troops before the Islamonazi's poison their brains. They can see first hand that we Americans are good people.
18 posted on 04/24/2004 6:11:18 PM PDT by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Great Post. Thanks!
19 posted on 04/24/2004 6:12:33 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Thanks so much Hillary's Lovely Legs because,honestly I was feeling a bit down this evening. I caught a pealk at John Kasichs(sp?)show this evening and I don't know if it's me or him but he sounded more negative than usual! He sounded very upset with the Iraqis(ungratefulness on their part implied)> I wish I had his email I'd send this email to him.I think I'll try and avoid watching him in the future.
20 posted on 04/24/2004 6:17:17 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (President Bush on terrorists: "I'm tired of swatting at flies!")
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To: annyokie
It took me a little while to get it, but I got it and am sending the pic around to some European friends.
21 posted on 04/24/2004 6:18:31 PM PDT by radiohead (Over toning the opponent since 2003)
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To: Sender
This link will help y'all put things in perspective.

http://dc.indymedia.org/newswire/display/77940/index.php

It's by Jeff Morrow (the Australian carried it), archived on a left-wing liberal site (couldn't find it in its entirety elsewhere); you should read the whole thing. He wrote it in the days following the untimely deaths of serial rapists and murderers Uday and Qusay. But let me excerpt the punchline so that we can know that even the quagmire in Iraq is a very good thing for us and for the Iraqi people--and even for lefty enviro-wackos:

"The only quagmire US troops are in any danger of sinking into are those being restored by Iraq's Shia "marsh Arabs", who saw their swampy homeland drained by Hussein to make his brutal repression of them that much easier."
22 posted on 04/24/2004 6:22:46 PM PDT by dufekin (Eliminate genocidal terrorist military dictator Kim Jong Il ASAP)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs; Budge
This can't be true. It's a quagmire over there. The Iraqis hate us and wish we'd leave. Bush is causing the deaths of innocent people every day just to get oil for his rich friends. Did I leave anything out?

Budge, this might be a good thread to post a couple of excerpts from one of those Iraqi blogs.

23 posted on 04/24/2004 6:28:31 PM PDT by sweetliberty ("Better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.")
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To: tuvals
Thanks for the link and according to that site the soldier was being modest, "Health care spending is now 26 times what it was under Saddam. All 240 hospitals and 95 percent of Iraq's clinics have reopened, neglected health care facilities are undergoing reconstruction and rehabilitation, 856 health projects have received funding, distribution of medicines has reached 12,000 tons, and over 22 million vaccinations have been administered."

http://usinfo.state.gov/mena/middle_east_north_africa/new_iraq/ni_services.html

24 posted on 04/24/2004 6:31:15 PM PDT by alexandria
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Great post. But I do hope the textbooks say something about Saddam. The kids need to know the true history of what he did and why he is gone.
25 posted on 04/24/2004 6:57:43 PM PDT by jwalburg (Mr. Kerry, why did you remain in VVAW after the assassination plot meeting?)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Friday, I was eating lunch and turned on the tube and Fox News Channel was on with that ridiculous Linda Vester show. (I am sure I blaspheme for some, but face it, it's horrible.).

Anyway, she had "live" in her studio a soldier she had been "pen pals" with for the past year. She spent a couple of minutes droaning on saying "Gosh its terrible how the media is not reporting the good things you have done, like opening 700 schools..." and the soldier agreed by nodding his head. He then began to say, "Yes, we've done so much more too, like..." and she cut him off with her famous "We have to leave it there".

The poor man tried to get the word out on the show and she wouldn't let him, even after she wasted airtime grousing about it. I think there was a pressing Kobe debate waiting in the wings after the Levitra break.

With the 4ID back, I think someone really needs to give these guys some airtime and let them tell us themselves what they have done. From what I saw, Fox was really only paying it lip service. And no one else is even going to come a close second to that.

26 posted on 04/24/2004 7:19:47 PM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: annyokie
I love your pic of the soldier with the patches on his sleeve that says "DOING THE WORK OF" followed by the flags of "Russia", "Germany", and "France".

I hadn't seen that before and didn't know they were allowed to do that.

27 posted on 04/24/2004 7:26:06 PM PDT by bygolly
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To: bygolly
Sorry to mislead. They are not and that picture is courtesy of our Registered.
28 posted on 04/24/2004 7:32:49 PM PDT by annyokie (There are two sides to every argument, but I'm too busy to listen to yours.)
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To: LADY J
Perhaps a couple of Americans should attend "Services" in each "Mosque,"--& Report to "The Rest of Us" the Basic Content & Message of Every "Islamic Service!!"

To Make this "Effort" "Unbiased," "American Monitors" could be sent to ANY "Religious Services."

It would Problably "Do a Lot of us Good" to attend Religious Services.

It would ALSO be useful to find "FOCI" of anti-West, anti-Christian/Jewish Beliefs in an Isolated Mosque.

It would be useful to know Why & How such Beliefs came to be. Until "Islam" No Longer feels "Threatened by Christendom," There will be Constant Conflict between the two Faiths.

& Until "Islam" Abandons "Martyrdom," the possibility of Thermonuclear Annihilation of "Islam" persists.

As Long as the "ISLAMIC Psychopaths" contemplate murdering Many Thousands of Americans, the prospect of a Thermonuclear Response exists.

Don't--for a SECOND--believe that the American People would HESITATE to respond MASSIVELY & SYMBOLICALLY to a Massacre of our Citizens.

Remember Hiroshima & Nagasaki.

Considering the Barbaric behavior of "Islamic Zealots" over the past few months, Little Provocation would be necessary to result in a DEVASTATING RESPONSE.

Americans are ALREADY P+SSED-OFF!!

The "Islamic Radicals" are like so many Teen-aged Delinquents;--allowed to "Blow off Steam, but approaching a MAJOR "SLAP-DOWN!!"

If the Respectable Citizens of Iraq Neglect to Discipline their Destructive Children, THEY--& Their Children--will be HELD ACCOUNTABLE for their Childrens' Behavior.

There is a MAJOR RECKONING COMING.

Doc

29 posted on 04/24/2004 7:56:14 PM PDT by Doc On The Bay
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To: Jalapeno
Vester is absolultely HORRIBLE...God I can't stand her or her stupid daytime show.
30 posted on 04/24/2004 8:11:59 PM PDT by antaresequity (Miserable failure = http://www.michaelmoore.com/)
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To: Sender
You'll never hear about any of these things on CNN.

I wish Michael Savage could read this. I like Mike, but he's been going on and on about how disastrous Iraq is for us. It seems to me that he's getting all his information from the mainstream media.

31 posted on 04/24/2004 8:40:57 PM PDT by yhwhsman ("Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small..." -Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Bump :-)
32 posted on 04/24/2004 8:42:11 PM PDT by k2blader (Some folks should worry less about how conservatives vote and more about how to advance conservatism)
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To: sweetliberty
This is just one of many.

Sarmad Faraj

Wednesday, March 24, 2004 One year old One year later on the war. It seems like yesterday, Can we list together what was good and bad in this decision? I mean the decision of war,

No one likes wars, and no one suffered as we did, from wars, I will speak the part which is related with Iraq as an Iraqi, and you can speak on behalf of yourself,

Let me start with me, one year ago: an Iraqi person. Life :(yes, I am a life:) a body walking. Don't think. Don't feel. Don't see. Don't hear. Just living. Live until my expiration day,

Who am I? Where am I? Why me? Many questions, but no answers, The same dark tone,

Then, "48 hours"--- the time offered for saddam and his two sons to leave Iraq. This was the first shock to our live bodies and dead minds, but it wasn't enough to bring us life, The whole world hoped that saddam will take the right decision, That's what the world hoped, but who knows? This man knows how much he loves war and fighting. It was his favorite hobby.

The operation starts, Can this operation bring us life? This war was the fastest war in history. Also the cleanest war: 21 days, and the marines are in Baghdad.

Now, one believes. Look at how all these armies just collapsed.

We look about us, and think "Where did they go? Where is the nightmare which we used to see all the time? Where are our jailers? Where are our life-stealers?"

It's the 9th of April, It's a historical moment when we see the statue of saddam falling down: the statue of fear and anger, and punishment, is falling down! I am alive now! I can feel! I cried when I saw those historical moments, I can see, I see all that fear collapsing, I can hear, I hear the voice of joy and happiness, I am back to life!

One year has passed, What did this war offer to us? For the first time, war offered something good. This war, which is, to me, as to many Iraqis (and not all) is a liberation. It's a victory of good over evil.

Read the whole thing here.

33 posted on 04/25/2004 4:14:38 AM PDT by Budge (<><)
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To: All
Also, check this site out.

Scroll down to The first candle. for another 'first person' account.

Then go to the bottom and read up for a blow by blow account of what happened.

34 posted on 04/25/2004 4:23:01 AM PDT by Budge (<><)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs; Tragically Single; ItisaReligionofPeace; Libertina; wingman1; ...
It's a shame the media doesn't ever focus on these things. What they show on TV and spew about in their columns is so far removed from reality, it would be funny if there weren't so many of the naiive falling for it back home.

If they could only see the faces of the Iraqis when they talk about freedom from the fear perpetrated by Saddam and his thugs and about the improvements that are taking place even now as hostilties continue.

35 posted on 04/25/2004 4:24:40 AM PDT by Allegra (Badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, badger, MUSHROOM!)
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To: LADY J
You brought up a very important point. The Bush admin. has asked Muslims here to speak up and do something positive for fellow Muslims, but gets nothing but a deafening silence, or worse, spewed hatred from the mullahs in the pulpit. It parallels those who leave the ghettos and make it big, but never go back to lend a helping hand.
36 posted on 04/25/2004 4:25:00 AM PDT by hershey
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To: All
And this one has some great links.
37 posted on 04/25/2004 4:26:32 AM PDT by Budge (<><)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Ray Reynolds, SFC, forget the media, we believe IN YOU AND YOUR CIC. Thank you for your service to our country.

Love the letter & pics, thanks!
38 posted on 04/25/2004 4:34:42 AM PDT by getgoing (Guard the sacrifice & spilled blood of our guys . . .never forget.)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Thanks for this post. All of this needs to get out more, everything all of the BEST of the BEST are doing needs to be known. I love that piture where our guy is shaking hands with that little boy. God Bless that Soldier and all the rest of them too. The little boy makes me think of my grandson, I can see him doing the same thing.
39 posted on 04/25/2004 4:36:10 AM PDT by JOE43270 (JOE43270)
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To: Budge
This is a quote from yet another blog.

Saturday, April 03, 2004 The Barbaric Attack
To all my friends I feel very sorry about the barbaric attack on the USA contractors in Al-Faluja city, in the fact Al-Faluja are Saddam's follows and must unsling all of them from the new Iraq.
I want to tell you the Islamic religion do not accept in this barbaric attack, and all of people in Iraq do not accept that barbaric attack, we wand to build our country and we want to make a good friendships with all the world and specially with USA and UK that because we are get our freedom with (USA and UK) help.
Please USA Please UK stay and help my people and save them from the bad and barbaric creatures, the barbaric creatures are a black point must erase it.

# posted by Alaasmary : 4/3/2004 10:56:18 AM

Emphasis mine.

40 posted on 04/25/2004 4:36:47 AM PDT by Budge (<><)
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To: All
The above was from here.
41 posted on 04/25/2004 4:40:45 AM PDT by Budge (<><)
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To: Allegra
Bump for later. Thanks.
42 posted on 04/25/2004 6:05:14 AM PDT by wingman1 (University of Vietnam '70)
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