Whaddya mean "we"?  Actually the UN and European aid agencies from Sweden, Norway
and the Netherlands in particular are the ones who have been building the schools
and training doctors. And Medecins sans Frontieres is not a US agency so far as I
know.  You're helping, yes, but spread a bit of credit around where it belongs.

Gary Smith wrote:

> I was listening to talk radio today, and they played some stuff from last
> night's FrontLine (PBS). They had a newsman slip into Iraq and he was
> interviewing people. They were describing the slaughters going on there.
> One woman said that her village was forced to an execution. They had to
> watch 15 women being beheaded by sword. Only a couple were prostitutes,
> most were doctors and school teachers.
> I think that in the long run, the majority of Iraqis (especially the
> women) will be as happy to have us come as did the Afghani women.  Today
> we finished rebuilding a school for girls in one of the major Afghan
> cities. It has been closed since the Taliban took over. Afghanistan has
> one of the largest death rates for child bearing (7 in 100), because
> women aren't allowed to see doctors. We are training dozens of midwives
> to help inthe deliveries.
> I'd say that we are saving many of these people, just as we saved Europe
> from itself in WWII.  Thanks to us, Europe is primarily democratic and
> the people live decent lives. This is now beginning to occur in Russia
> and Eastern Europe. And perhaps we can export it to more of the world as
> we fight terrorism (which I am convinced Saddam is involved with).
> You'll note that Pres Bush has been working with the UN, and in fact the
> UN Security Council voted unanimously today (including Syria). That
> definitely shows that Pres Bush is speaking tough in order to get the
> rest of the world to move a little, yet he's still compromising with
> them.
> Iraq now has a month to disarm, or the UN can take action. I think that
> is very fair.
> In WWII, we had to fight on several fronts. We didn't just attack Japan
> and leave Germany and Italy alone until we finished with Japan. We fought
> them all at once. We still have things to do in Afghanistan, but that
> doesn't mean we aren't ready to select additional targets in the war of
> terrorism.
> K'aya K'ama,
> Gerald/gary  Smith    gszion1 @juno.com    http://www
> .geocities.com/rameumptom/index.html
> "No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he's free."  -
> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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