Thursday, February 17, 2005


Iraqi Reconstruction

It took me 15 minutes to find these stories about Iraq. I am reporting them to you in order to combat the continuing negativity of the SAEN's Iraq coverage. In Basra a new children's hospital is under construction:
According to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the new children's hospital will emphasize services that will have the greatest impact on the health and welfare of Iraqi children providing inpatient and outpatient pediatric care. It will also serve as a model pediatric facility and is designed to accommodate the Ministry of Health's (MOH) plans for future expansion.

You would think that the SAEN would be all over stories about the rebuilding of Iraq's infrastructure considering all the complaining they have done about how America isn't doing enough, fast enough, but here is another story they missed:
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) recently completed a $4.1 million refurbishment of the Kirkuk Unified Water Treatment Plant, benefiting over one million residents of Kirkuk City and its surroundings.

In addition, the water treatment plant will provide permanent jobs for 100 Iraqis. And another water treatment plant will be going online in March in Najaf:
A water treatment plant in Najaf is expected to be fully operational at the beginning of this month, supplying potable water to the majority of Najaf's 563,000 residents.

This project will restore the plant in Najaf to its full capacity and meet drinking water quality standards, according to the United States Agency for International Development.

Would it kill the editors of the SAEN to give their readers a fair look at what is going on in Iraq? Wait, don't answer that.
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