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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
While the progress in Iraq is to be commended, comparing them to Germany is akin to comparing apples to oranges.

Germany's infrastucture and economy was pretty much obliterated during the war.

Germany's exports were mostly manufactured goods and the factories were destroyed. It took a long time to rebuild and retool from a war-making industry to regular industry.

Iraq exports oil and the wells, refineries and pipelines have pretty much been left intact.

3 posted on 09/18/2003 11:14:11 AM PDT by FReepaholic (www.september-11-videos.com Never Forget.)
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To: tscislaw
Germany was not wholly controlled by the U.S. but Japan was. Japan had free parliamentary elections in April 1946, only eight months are Hiroshima! Elections are not even planned in Iraq by comparsion.
4 posted on 09/18/2003 11:25:58 AM PDT by Austin Willard Wright
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To: tscislaw
Iraq exports oil and the wells, refineries and pipelines have pretty much been left intact.

No. Saddam let the infrastructure deteriorate. It's a mess all over the country. It was also looted for copper, etc. Our troops - with the help of Iraqi engineers, are rebuilding, reprogramming, retooling, rewiring...have been for months. Making steady progress.

11 posted on 09/18/2003 12:02:31 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Don't they care about the Iraqi people ..at all?"~Sama in Iraq, re. those pushing US to leave, 9/17)
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To: tscislaw
Germany's infrastucture and economy was pretty much obliterated during the war.

Well I hate to tell you but there is VIRTUALLY NO reliable or working infrastructure other than BAGHDAD. What we are doing in IRAQ is a friggin miracle.

14 posted on 09/18/2003 1:04:31 PM PDT by PISANO
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