A letter to the Telegraph:
During the past few weeks, I have done some careful research into what is happening in Iraq.And a tiny report on page 24 of today's Guardian:
I have discovered that 47 countries have re-established their embassies there. The current Iraq government employs 1.2 million Iraqis. More than 3,100 schools have been renovated and 364 are being rehabilitated, with 263 under construction. Twenty universities and 46 institutes are operating. Some 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary schools by the end of 2005.
The Iraqi police force has more than 55,000 fully trained and equipped officers and there are five police academies producing 3,500 new officers every eight weeks.
There are at least 1,190,000 mobile-phone subscribers. There is a fully independent media network of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations. Much normal life is going on, although we rarely hear about it.
Four children, including three siblings, were killed on their way to school yesterday as a bomb exploded on a central Baghdad street near a shop selling alcohol.
The target was unclear but religious extremists are known to attack stores that sell alcohol. The children, aged from 10 to 14, included two sons and a daughter of Jamil Mohammed, a market trader.