ABC News' Reporters in Iraq Answer Your Questions

I don't really have a question just a comment. I and many other Americans are tired of the negative images day after day after day. Who knows, if the positive things were shown day after day after day it may change the course of the insurgency. Just like the human body, if you think you are going to be sick, you are. If you think you will be well you most likely will. A lot of it is mind over matter.

Answer: As I have explained to other readers, there are good things happening in Iraq. The U.S. and coalition forces are doing hard work in some sectors to improve the country. Just this week the U.S. Dept. of Defense put out another fact sheet for journalists to use for the third anniversary of the fall of Saddam.

Included in that release it stated that 47,000 teachers and administrators have been trained; three sewage plants in Baghdad have been rehabilitated, and thirteen power plants have been rehabilitated.

Much of the infrastructure was neglected under Saddam, but much was destroyed in the war to topple him, and even more by insurgent activity afterwards. The fact is that electricity levels are worse than before the war, there has been a massive brain drain of the educated class here, and the security situation is such that the government must maintain an evening curfew.

Reporting the facts does not mean highlighting the negative and ignoring the positive. I can list a number of human interest stories ABC News has done that are positive.

Yet even the State Department this week issued a presidential report saying the strategy here may have been wrong. By pumping money into rebuilding and new construction and neglecting the security aspects the government has squandered billions of dollars on unfinished projects because the cash is diverted to safety.

Two moderate Iraqi papers this weekend had interviews with Baghdad citizens about life three years after the fall of Saddam. One physicist said, "Death has come to us on a dish called freedom." She adds, "the (3) years of freedom have created unknown groups which aim to force out from Iraq its scientific and ideological thinkers (because of the dangerous security situation.)

In the same paper, Falah Hassan, a resident of Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood, had a different point of view. In the three years that have passed he said that the economic situation in general, especially for the Iraqi worker, has truly improved in spite of the unstable security situation that had been produced by the circumstances."

Believe me when I say those journalists who spend a great deal of time here, as I do, want Iraq to succeed. We don't report the problems and failures of the country to purposely be negative. In fact, many times when problems are made public it spurs solutions to be found.

Ryan Sharp from Charlotte, N.C.: How does the U.N. help in the rebuilding of Iraq, considering the negative implications of numerous officials named in the Oil-For-Food Program? Will such answers be in an article with "Editor's Notes" serving as the referee between facts and what exactly thinks the public deserves to hear?

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