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I find it really interesting how the press in all countries reports what is going on in Iraq. Here in the US, all we hear about is the daily ambushes. Obviously I don't know what is reported to other countries, but based on some of the posts here, I would say that the main story is what intelligence was used to justify the war.

My father sent me this email last week, and granted it is only one person's observations but he is there.

It has been a while since I have written to my friends
at First Lutheran Church about what is really going on
here in Iraq. The news you watch on TV is exaggerated,
sensationalized and selective.Good news doesn't sell.

The stuff you don't hear about? Let's start with
Electrical Power production in Iraq.The day after the
war was declared over, there was nearly 0 power being
generated in Iraq.45 days later, in a partnership
between the Army, the Iraqi people and some private
companies, there are now 3200 mega watts (Mw) of power
being produced daily, 1/3 of the total national
potential of 8000 Mw. Downed power lines (big stuff,
400 Kilovolt (Kv) and 132 Kv) are being repaired and
are about 70% complete.

Then there is water purification. In central Iraq
between Baghdad and Mosul, home of the 4th Infantry
Division, Water treatment was spotty at best.Y The
facilities existed, but the controls were never
implemented. Simple chemicals like Chlorine for
purification and Alum (Aluminum Sulfate) for sediment
settling (The Tigris River is about as clear as the
Mississippi River) were in short supply or not used at
all and when chlorine was used, it was metered by the
scientific method of guessing. So some people got
pool water and some people got water with lots of
little things moving in it. We are slowly but surely
solving that. Contracts for repairs to facilities
that are only 50% or less operational are being let,
chemicals are being delivered, although we don't have
the metering problem solved yet (It°'s only been 45

How about oil and fuel?Y Well the war was all about
oil wasn't it? You bet it was. It was all about oil
for the Iraqi people because they have no other
income, they produce nothing else. Oil is 95% of the
Iraqi GNP. For this nation to survive, it MUST sell
oil. The Refinery at Bayji is at 75% of capacity
producing gasoline. The crude pipeline between Kirkuk
(Oil Central) and Bayji will be repaired by tomorrow
(2 June). LPG, what all Iraqi's use to cook and heat
with, is at 103% of normal production and WE, the US
ARMY, at least 4th ID, are insuring it is being
distributed FAIRLY to ALL Iraqi's.

You have to remember that 3 months ago, ALL these
things were used as weapons against the population to
keep them in line.Y If your town misbehaved, gasoline
shipments stopped, LPG pipelines and trucks stopped,
Water was turned off, power was turned off.

Now, until exports start, every drop of gasoline
produced goes to the Iraqi people, crude oil is being
stored, the country is at 75% capacity now, they need
to export or stop pumping soon, thank the UN for the
delay. ALL LPG goes to the Iraqi people EVERYWHERE.
Water is being purified as best they can, but at least
it's running all the time to everyone.

Are we still getting shot at? Yep

Are American Soldiers still dying? Yep, about 1 a day
from the 4th ID, most in accidents, but dead is dead.

If we are doing all this for the Iraqi's, why are they
shooting at us?

The general population isn't. There are still bad
guys, who won't let go of the old regime. They are
Baath party members (Read Nazi Party, but not as nice)
who know nothing but the regime. They were thugs for
the regime that caused many to disappear in the night
and they have no other skills. At least the Nazis had
jobs they could go back to after the war as plumbers,
managers, engineers, etc these people have no skills
but terror.Y They are simply applying their skills
.and we are applying ours.Y There is no Christian way
to say they must be eliminated and we are doing so
with all the efficiency we can muster. Our troops are
shot at literally everyday by small arms and RPGs. We
respond and 100% of the time, the Baath party guys
come out with the short end of the stick. The most
amazing thing to me is that they don't realize that if
they stopped shooting at us, we would focus on fixing
things and leave. The more they shoot at us, the
longer we will stay.

Lastly, Realize that 90% the damage you see on TV was
caused by IRAQI's, NOT the war. Sure we took out a
few bridges from military necessity, we took out a few
power and phone lines to disrupt communications, sure
we drilled a few palaces and government headquarters
buildings with 2000lb laser guided bombs (I work 100
yards from where two hit the Tikrit Palace), he had
plenty to spare. But, ANY damage you see to schools,
hospitals, power generation facilities, refineries,
pipelines, was ALL caused either by the Iraqi Army in
its death throws or the Iraqi civilians looting the
places. Could the army have prevented it? Nope. We
can and do now, but 45 days ago the average soldier
was lucky to know what town he was in much less be
informed enough to know who owned what or have the
power to stop a 1,000 people from looting a building
by himself.

The United States and Britian are doing a very noble
thing here. We stuck our necks out on the world
chopping block to free a people.Y I've already talked
the weapons of mass destruction thing to death, bottom
line, who cares, this country was one big conventional
weapons ammo dump anyway. We have probably destroyed
more weapons and ammo in the last 30 days than the US
Army has ever fired in the last 30 years (Remember,
this is a country the size of Texas), so drop the WMD
argument as the reason we came here, if we find it
GREAT, if we don't, SO WHAT? I'm living in a 'guest
palace'on a 500 acre palace compound with 20 palaces
with like facilities built in half a dozen towns all
over Iraq that were built for one man. Drive down
the street and out into the countryside 5 miles away
(I have) and see a family of 10 living in a mud hut
herding two dozen sheep, Then tell me why you think we
are here.


Deputy Division Engineer
4th Infantry Division
post #2 of 7
I agree all people want to see is the blood and guts,no one is reporting on all the good that is being done.
post #3 of 7
Thank you for posting this! We have talked to my husbands family in Iraq and other family in Iraq and things are moving very quickly for the better! The average Iraqi is very happy with what is happening now and feel's their lives have improved. I get tired of hearing all the bad stuff. CNN is the worst. The Iraqi community here hates CNN. They call it "American Jazeera!" Fox news network reports SOME positive news. We American's need to start demanding a more diverse version of the news.
post #4 of 7
Thanks for posting news, from an unbiased source, on the ground.

I would like to point out that, after WWII, it took approximately 2 years of occupation and rebuilding (courtesy of the Marshall Plan) to establish representative democracy in West Germany. I believe that the same timeline applied in Japan.

Nothing happens overnight. After so many years of living under a totalitarian and repressive regime, the Iraqi people are going to have to be taught to think and act autonomously.
post #5 of 7
Thanks for posting that! The military (not the politicians, IMO) is doing a terrific job. Cindy, it actually took longer than two years here in Germany. The country was officially occupied until 1949, and the Nazis were "only" in power from 1933 to 1945, compared to about 30 years (I believe) for the Ba'ath Party in Iraq. The Japanese constitution was adopted in 1946, but Japanese sovereignty over the main islands wasn't established until 1952. Japan (a constitutional monarchy since 1889) and Germany (Weimar Republic from 1919 to 1934; it took Hitler about a year to establish his dictatorship after becoming chancellor in 1933) also had experience with democracy. So I definitely agree - it's going to take time to rebuild and establish a democratic government.
However, that is something our government would not admit to at first, although they must, or should, have known. That is another reason why I feel the public has been "hoodwinked" by the government.
post #6 of 7
its death throws or the Iraqi civilians looting the

I can't let this lie! Tybalt misspelleed a word! And, here I always thought he was puerfect! THROE NOT THROW
post #7 of 7
I think that was part of a quote from the original post. . .
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