A Letter From a Medic in Iraq

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    Subject: Letter from a medic in Iraq


    Date: Fri, 14 May 2004 12:16:17 -0600

    From: PJ Vincent <pj@digicus.com>



    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:

    * 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 so education can occur.
    * The port of Uhm Qasar was renovated so grain can be unloaded 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 in Iraq.
    * The country receives 2 times the electrical power it did before the war.
    * All 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 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 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



    "Call it a Clan, call it a Network, call it a Tribe, call it FAMILY.
    Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one." Jane Howard
     
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    I didn't think the liberals that have been hammering "the war is a failure" and all the "where are the WMD's" people would bite on this.

    It makes them all look like fools.
     
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    Thanks for the post rider---needed to hear that too !
     
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    Thank you
     
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    There is so much good news, that is not being reported. It's the reason so many are giving up on the mainstream media, and turning to the blogs and internet for news. I read both liberal and conservative, but overwhelmingly the successful blogs tend towards the middle.

    I guess one could call this common sense.
     
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    Im a liberal, but does not make me enjoy this news less than any concervative.
     
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    Well that's a switch.

    I'm not flamming you here, it's just that what's "bad" for America seems to be "good" for liberals. They just can't dig up enough shit about America right now. Makes me wonder why there isn't a mass exidous of liberals out of this country.
     
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    Hmm, I wonder where CNN was on this one? Oh I'm sorry, thats right, covering the story about the "prisoner abuse" (again...)

    I'm serious, the media is our biggest enemy in this hemisphere.
     
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    ok so now the news has a big jissy fit about the "Soldiers abuse".

    well do they show american soldiers carrying a boy back to his mother or an american medic helping a small village that was pushed out of there homes because of gas or bomb practices.

    well there you go thats my input feel free to yell back, "Freedom of Speech" and all that
     

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