February 7, 2006

A Morsel of good news...

Remember how Chrenkoff used to do his "good news from Iraq" reports? Alas, he got a new job that didn't leave him time for them.

Here's an interesting bit of news picked up by Sachi, about the Japanese helping restore the Iraqi Marshes...

...Japan's contribution is not just money. Japanese troops have been in southern Iraq since the end of 2003, many months before the UNEP got involved in July of 2004, helping the locals to restore clean water. (The Japanese troops are also helping open medical clinics in Iraq, something Americans rarely hear about: Iraq the Model's Omar once mentioned that the new clinic in Samawa was opened largely due to Japanese troops' direct efforts. Alas, it was some time ago, and we don't have the link.)

A major problem is that the Iraqi Marsh is a salt marsh with a very high sodium content, moreso now than when it was in its prime. In order to alleviate this problem, Japan employs highly technological desalinization equipment, equipment that needs constant maintenance and occasional repairs. (One of the best desalinization programs in the world is in Israel; but for reasons which should be obvious, Israelis cannot be involved with the program in Iraq.)

The good news is that there are many educated Iraqi civil engineers that the UNEP can reliably task to operate and maintain the desalinization plants. One Japanese official candidly told Silverlining that such a program could not possibly work in a place like sub-Saharan Africa, because there simply are not enough people who could keep it running.

Because of the abdication of the Antique Media from any news reporting about Operation Iraqi Freedom (other than an obsession with death counts), Americans and Europeans know virtually nothing about the numerous reconstruction (and construction) projects going on in Iraq. You would think that the American environmentalist groups would be ecstatic that we're busily restoring wetlands in Iraq; but then, as Ann Coulter says, they would have to be on the same side as the United States...

The marshes were one of the wonders of the world, about 20,000 square kilometers, with a culture that dates back 5,000 years.Their draining by Saddam was one of the greatest ecological crimes of our time. I read Thesiger's book the Marsh Arabs when I was a boy. And long ago I read about Iraq's problems with salinity of the ground water in crop lands, so I would love to know more about that desalination effort.

There's very little info at all about what's happening. it's a vivid sign of the deep sickness of our leftists that neither the press nor the so-called environmental groups can spare any attention for this. They are taking BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) to a new low...

Posted by John Weidner at February 7, 2006 7:55 PM
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