Saturday, August 05, 2006

Iraq Marks Two Years of Sovereignty, Progress

To watch the news these days, you'd think the entire Middle East is in shambles. While the war between Israel and Hezbollah is still raging, it's important to note that things in Iraq have been steadily improving no matter what you read or hear on the news...

"In the time it takes a child to sit up, talk, walk, laugh, Iraq has established a constitutionally based, permanent, democratic government with the votes of over 12 million citizens and the efforts of even more," U.S. Army Major General William Caldwell told journalists in a press briefing in Baghdad.

Caldwell said that in today’s Iraq, free society is growing, as illustrated by increased cell phone coverage from about 1.2 million Iraqis two years ago to 7.4 million today, and an increase in Internet subscribers from 73,000 to more than 200,000. Progress further is illustrated by Iraq’s embrace of more open media with more than 40 new television stations, more than 25 new radio stations and more than 100 new newspapers, added Caldwell

These and other indicators, show the "beginning of a new generation of Iraqis forged in strife but strong in will," he said.

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