Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Strock said several larger projects, including reconstruction of the country’s irrigation system and government buildings, will put thousands of people back to work.

“We’re going to have about 100,000 people at work over the next several months clearing about 5,500 kilometers of the irrigation system,” he said.

U.S. administrators may take a page from American history in rebuilding Iraq, Ponkratz said.

“We are discussing plans to form a civil service corps much like our nation experienced during our Depression in the 1930s,” he wrote. “We would essentially pay workers to form a military-like organization to complete national and local projects that would provide long-term benefit to the nation and their communities.”

It is encouraging to me personally to finally get some news about the plans and programs to rebuild. Seems these stories have been a long time coming...but in my mind indicate a nearing turning-point for their folks...and ours.

Read the whole story here.

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