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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Fallujah Reborn (Good News From Iraq)

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(Michael Fumento, NRO) As I traveled through the slowly repopulating city — about half of the original 250,000 are believed to have returned — I saw awesome scenes of destruction. But I also saw thriving markets, stores selling candy and ice cream, and scores of children delighted to see Americans. I did more waving than the beauty queen in the 4th of July parade and the kids squealed with delight when I took their picture.

"We’re mostly known for killing the bad guys" says Lt. Col. Harvey Williams, a reserve officer with the Marine 5th Civil Affairs Group. But killing alone can't defeat the insurgency. Win over the populace or lose the war.

Winning the populace is exactly what the American soldiers are doing. They are not only simply "restoring" the city as it was, they are going above and beyond that by making the current situation better for the residents than what they had under Saddam or the terrorists group.

The goals are ambitious but they’re being met. All of Fallujah is scheduled to have electricity by January 2006. The Marines have the responsibility for bringing power to the pole, while the Iraqis take it from the pole into homes and shops.

Progress on bringing drinkable water into homes is even faster. "When we got here, we repaired every potable water system," says Williams. "Every section of the city that had pipelines before has them now." The problem, he says, is that people are squatting near the pipes and knocking holes in them to get water. Thus the further you are from the source, the Euphrates River, the less pressure in the mains until it becomes a trickle.

The soldiers are also fixing the drainage problem the Iraqi's had, as well as many of the hospitals that are overcrowded. By the time these soldiers leave Iraq, the future adults of Fallujah (the present day children of the city) will be telling stories of how America helped make the city a safer and better place to live in.

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