Baghdad, Iraq - All the bad news
coming from Iraq these days, you
would think we all live hunkered down
in our homes, venturing out to get
food and supplies when all is clear
and we can dodge the bullets!
could be farther from the truth!
Baghdad is doing just fine, thank you
- fine that is if all the
troublemakers would leave us alone!
stores are full, for the first time
people can watch Satellite TV, surf
the Internet, talk to their neighbors
without fear and on the telephone
without it being listened to!I was in
Iraq before the war and I remember!
The main problem in Iraq these days?
Traffic! I spend a good part of my
time every day trying to explain why
`traffic is good`.
used to take us 10 minutes to go
before - now it takes an hour` is the
complaint. Then I ask . . did you
have a car before? . . . . silence
With all the bad news coming out it is
a good time to reflect on all that has
happened in a year.
The much ballyhooed Electricity?
Electric power in Iraq has doubled
since before the war!
Hospitals? Open hospitals have nearly
tripled since March of last year!
Telephones? 400,000 people have
telephones for the first time in their
Schools? Nearly double the children
are going to school than were at this
time last year . . . and for the first
time in 30 years they will NOT be
studying about Sadaam Hussein! 1500
schools have been rebuilt and 400,000
children immunized for the first time!
Security? There are now 60,000 Police
Officers, 80,000 Military and 100,000
Civil Defence Officers to maintain
Is there a problem? Sitting down just
now and speaking to one of my
relatives he had never heard of it
before! That is a problem!
Have the Americans made mistakes in
Iraq? Yes, definitely - working so
hard to make things better they forgot
to let everybody know . . .
Ken Joseph Jr. is an Assyrian and has been in Iraq
since March, directs Assyrianchristians.com and is writing
a book about his experience in Iraq entitled `I Was Wrong!`