Defending the 'Good' Done in Iraq

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From
time to time someone writes an essay that impresses enough people
that the essay is circulated from hand to hand throughout the Internet.

I
recently received such an essay. It consists of a series of "Did
you know . . . " questions. The purpose, obviously, is to make
us realize that we don’t know the whole story of what’s
happening in Iraq (thanks to the liberal media). And if we did know
the whole story, we’d be getting down on our knees and thanking
George Bush for being so much more far-sighted than we are.

Or
something like that.

However,
the questions indicate that the writer himself is a little confused
about the war and especially uninformed about pre-war Iraq.

Did
You Ever . . .?

Here
are the questions (grouped together to consolidate them), together
with my observations.

Did you know
there are more than 1,100 building projects going on in Iraq?
They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83
railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities and
69 electrical facilities.

Did
you know that none of that work would be necessary if the U.S. military
hadn’t destroyed so many buildings and public facilities?

Did you know
that 3,100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under
rehabilitation, 263 schools are now under construction and 38
new schools have been built in Iraq?

Did you know
that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school
by mid October?

Did you know
that Iraq’s higher educational structure now consists of 20 Universities,
46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers?

Did
you know that before the U.S. invaded, Iraq was generally considered
to have the best educational system and best medical facilities
in the Middle East?

Did you know
that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in January
2004 for the re-established Fulbright program?

Of
course, it’s time for them to get on the dole from the U.S.
government.

Did you know
that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and
equipped police officers. And there are 5 Police Academies in
Iraq that produce over 3500 new officers each 8 weeks.

Did
you know that Iraq had all that and more before the U.S. invaded
Iraq? Or did Saddam Hussein operate his fabled police state with
only the help of his two sons?

Did you know
that the Iraqi government employs 1.2 million Iraqi people?

Good
for them. Pretty soon they’ll have a bureaucracy as big as
America’s.

Did you know
that the Iraqi Navy is operational? They have 5 100-foot patrol
craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment. Iraq’s
Air Force consists of three operation squadrons, 9 reconnaissance
and 3 US C-130 transport aircraft which operate day and night,
and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and 4 bell jet ranger.

Sounds
like Iraq will pretty soon be able to invade a country of its own.

April
29, 2005

Harry Browne [send
him mail
], the author of Why
Government Doesn’t Work

and many other books, was the Libertarian presidential candidate
in 1996 and 2000. See his website.

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