Advances in Iraq Since the Iraq War of 2003-Truth!
Advances in Iraq Since the Iraq War of 2003-Mostly Truth!Summary of eRumor:
An accounting of several advances in Iraq since the U.S.-led war in Iraq in 2003.
The Truth:There are a couple of versions of this eRumor.
Most of this is taken from a news conference on October 9, 2003, by Paul Bremer, the Coalition Provisional Authority Administrator.
The press conference marked six months since the operation began.
Another version has a much longer list of accomplishments in Iraq but with no particular source for them.
CLICK HERE for the complete text of the news conference from the Provisional Authority website.
Last updated 12/1/04
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
Since May 1
By Charles Mitchell
The next time you hear a network news story, or read a newspaper, keep these facts in mind and ask, why isn’t this being reported? Below is the list that NEVER makes the Media Moguls’ “news” headlines. They just keep printing the explosions, shootings, deaths and failures. Have faith!
“Since May 1…”
Since May 1…the first battalion of the new Iraqi Army has graduated and is on active duty*
Since May 1… over 60,000 Iraqis now provide security to their fellow citizens.
Since May 1…nearly all of Iraq’s 400 courts are functioning.
Since May 1… the Iraqi judiciary is fully independent.
Since May 1…on Monday, October 6 power generation hit 4,518 megawatts-exceeding the pre-war average.
Since May 1…all 22 universities and 43 technical institutes and colleges are open, as are nearly all primary and secondary schools.
Since May 1… as of October 1, Coalition forces had rehabbed over 1,500 schools – 500 more than their target.
Since May 1… teachers earn from 12 to 25 times their former salaries.
Since May 1…all 240 hospitals and more than 1200 clinics are open.
Since May 1…doctors’ salaries are at least eight times what they were under Saddam.
Since May 1…pharmaceutical distribution has gone from essentially nothing to 700 tons in May to a current total of 12,000 tons.
Since May 1…the Coalition has helped administer over 22 million vaccinations doses to Iraq’s children.
Since May 1…a Coalition program has cleared over 14,000 kilometers of Iraq’s 27,000 kilometers of weed-choked canals. They now irrigate tens of thousands of farms. This project has created jobs for more than 100,000 Iraqi men and women.
Since May 1…we have restored over three-quarters of pre-war telephone services and over two-thirds of the potable water production.
Since May 1… there are 4,900 full-service connections. We expect 50,000 by January first.
Since May 1…the wheels of commerce are turning. From bicycles to satellite dishes to cars and trucks, businesses are coming to life in all major cities and towns.
Since May 1…95 percent of all pre-war bank customers have service and first-time customers are opening accounts daily.
Since May 1… Iraqi banks are making loans to finance businesses.
Since May 1…the central bank is fully independent.
Since May 1… Iraq has some of the world’s most growth-oriented investment and banking laws.
Since May 1… Iraq (has) a single, unified currency for the first time in 15 years.