LETTER FROM RAY REYNOLDS TO ICBH
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
* 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
* Girls are allowed to attend
* 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. 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