OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM
This is a letter from Ray Reynolds, a medic in the Iowa Army
National Guard, serving in Iraq:
As I head off to Baghdad for the
final weeks of my stay in Iraq, I wanted to say thanks to all
of you who did not believe the media. They have done a very
poor job of covering everything that has happened. I am sorry
that I have not been able to visit all of you during my two
week leave back home. And just so you can rest at night
knowing something is happening in Iraq that is noteworthy,
I thought I would pass this on to you. This is the list of
things that has happened in Iraq recently: (Please share it
with your friends and compare it to the version that your
paper is producing.)
* Over 400,000 kids have up-to-date immunizations.
* School attendance is up 80% from levels before the war.
* Over 1,500 schools have been renovated and rid of the weapons
stored there so education can occur.
* The port of Uhm Qasar was renovated so grain can be off-loaded
from ships faster.
* The country had its first 2 billion barrel export of oil in
* Over 4.5 million people have clean drinking water for the
first time ever in Iraq.
* The country now receives 2 times the electrical power it did
before the war.
* 100% of the hospitals are open and fully staffed, compared to
35% before the war.
* Elections are taking place in every major city, and city
councils are in place.
* Sewer and water lines are installed in every major city.
* Over 60,000 police are patrolling the streets.
* Over 100,000 Iraqi civil defense police are securing the
* Over 80,000 Iraqi soldiers are patrolling the streets side by
side with US soldiers.
* Over 400,000 people have telephones for the first time ever.
* Students are taught field sanitation and hand washing
techniques to prevent the spread of germs.
* An interim constitution has been signed.
* Girls are allowed to attend school.
* Textbooks that don't mention Saddam are in the schools for
the first time in 30 years.
Don't believe for one second that
these people do not want us there. I have met many, many people
from Iraq that want us there, and in a bad way. They say they
will never see the freedoms we talk about but they hope their
children will. We are doing a good job in Iraq and I challenge
anyone, anywhere to dispute me on these facts. So If you
happen to run into John Kerry, be sure to give him my email
address and send him to Denison, Iowa. This soldier will set
him straight. If you are like me and very disgusted with how
this period of rebuilding has been portrayed, email this to a
friend and let them know there are good things happening.
Ray Reynolds, SFC
Iowa Army National Guard
234th Signal Battalion
Our nation is at war.
Why are we doing this?
Because of repeated acts of terrorism.
This war is not about "vengeance".
There is a difference between
"you poke me in the nose and I'll kick you in the shin!!"
"You have slaughtered unarmed military and thousands of civilians, and we are going to find you and punish your sorry hide for what you've done."
This is not about "liberation".
That's the word the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) uses to justify their murdering civilian Jews to get them out of the Jewish Promised Land!
NO, this is not simply about liberating the country of Iraq from their terrorist-minded, Muslim-extremist dictatorship, though it is a wonderfully blessed side effect for the sake of the innocent Iraqis.
This war is "just retribution"
for the numbers...
which represent PEOPLE...
quoted in the photo above.
For the people in their own lands who are suffering under that kind of ruthless, dictatorial, self-seeking, vindictive authority.
Please join our family in PRAYING....
Pray for the loved ones
of all the innocent involved in these tragedies.
Pray to the LORD,
remembering that our help comes from Him....
**Just got this quote from the Presidential Prayer Team letter...wow....
"It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nation's humble acknowledged dependence upon God and His overruling providence."
--President John Adams
Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Guide them here and in foreign lands.
Protect them and their families
Whether on land, in the air, or seas.
Please bless them as they defend us,
And may they remember "In YOU we trust".
Watch over them where'er they roam,
Keep them safe, and BRING THEM HOME.
~My Prayer...Jennifer Seest, 2003~
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