Â· *Did you know that 47 countries have re-established their embassies in Iraq?
Â· *Did you know that the Iraqi government employs 1.2 million Iraqi people?
Â· *Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under rehabilitation, 263schools are now under construction and 38 new schools have been built in Iraq?
Â· *Did you know that Iraq's higher educational structure consists of 20 Universities, 46 institutes or colleges and 4 research centers?
Â· *Did you know that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in January 2004 for the re-established Fulbright program?
Â· *Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational? They have five 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment.
Â· *Did you know that Iraq's Air Force consists of three operation squadrons, nine reconnaissance and three US C-130 transport aircraft which operate day and night, and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and four Bell jet rangers?
Â· *Did you know that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando Battalion?
Â· *Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers?
Â· *Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce over 3500 new officers each 8 weeks?
Â· *Did you know there are more than 1100 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.
Â· *Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of five have received the first two series of polio vaccinations?
Â· *Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October?
Â· *Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq and phone use has gone up 158%?
Â· *Did you know that Iraq has an independent media that consists of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations?
Â· *Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004 and that the Iraqi economy is BOOMING?
Â· *Did you know that two candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a televised debate recently?
Â· *OF COURSE WE DIDN'T KNOW! WHY DIDN'T WE KNOW?
*OUR MAIN STREAM MEDIA WOULDN'T TELL US!
*The lack of accentuating the positive in Iraq serves only one purpose.
*It undermines the world's perception of the United States and our soldiers.