Chrenkoff’s at it again, and an update
Chrenkoff’s third installment in his series Good news from Iraq, Part III; bigger and better than ever covers
- Rebuilding the society: Democracy, human rights programs, women politicians, boy scouts, and Iraqis want their own domain code “.iq”.
- The economy: Foreign-debt forgiveness (guess who’s opposed?), central bank, oil sales, foreign investment, and telecommunication services.
- Reconstruction: restored services and infrastructure are back to pre-war levels but that’s not enough; things are now on the way to be able to support true development.
- Social infrastructure: Women’s literacy (one of my favorite causes), health systems, and reconstructive surgery to Saddam’s torture victims.
- Relations between coalition forces and the locals: Schools, tools, and Spirit of America. Don’t miss the photos.
- Security situation
Al Sadr’s uprising is winding down, private militias are getting demobilised, and there’s reconstruction going on in part of Iraq that al Sadr has recently chosen as his battleground
Update As if this wasn’t enough, Maria sent me this article. Money quote,
Iraq is not about to disintegrate. Nor is it on the verge of civil war. Nor is it about to repeat Iran’s mistake by establishing a repressive theocracy. Despite becoming the focus of anti-American energies in the past year, its people still hold the West in high regard. Iraq has difficult months ahead, nobody would dispute that. But it has a chance to create a new society. Its well-wishers should keep the faith and prove the doomsters wrong.
As The Wall Street Journal said, the mainstream media’s silent. The blogosphere sure isn’t.