Marvelous News on aljazeera this morning.
[Brian's Snip of credited extract from Al Jazeera]
This is most important
My cousin tells of an Iraqi contract with local workers to build a new sewage transfer station to move the stagnate sewage that has posed a health risk here for more years than I have lived.
The Governing Council, Iraqi government engineers and American engineers working as a team will greatly improve the Al-Shulla and Gazalyia sections.
Bringing local contractors to the site also stimulates the economy by putting money into the worker's pockets. This is good for everyone if we have international organizations building the pumping station, then the local workers don't get a chance to make money.
So the Americans are doing what they said they would. This is good for the economy, and at the same time, the Iraqi people see other Iraqis working, and it creates a more positive attitude for the people.
- posted by river @ 10:10 PM
[Brian’s Comment - Here after taking the unusal step of initially crediting Al-Jazeera our blogger tries something else novel. Not just copying verbatim but editing slightly to make someone else’s words appear to be direct from the blogger – and throwing in a little pro-USA cheerleading. Note this from V CORPS ENGINEERS HELP IRAQIS BUILD LONG-AWAITED SEWAGE PUMPING STATION on http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/news/2003/09/mil-030903-vcorps04.htm
" The new sewage pumping station will intercept raw sewage that dumps into the canal running between the al-Shul'lah and the Ghazalyia neighborhoods.
Bringing local contractors to the site also stimulates the economy by putting money into the workers’ pockets.
“This is good for everyone,” said Maj. Tony J. Hofman, 70th Engineers operations officer. “If we have international organizations building the pumping station, then the local workers don’t get a chance to make money. So this is good for the economy, and at the same time, the Iraqi people see other Iraqis working, and it creates a more positive attitude for the people.” "
[Brian's comment - The mention of the bloggers mythical “cousin” here is doubtless intended as a counter to the genuine Riverbend bloggers Diyala Bridge story – told by her cousin “My cousin, a structural engineer, is a bridge freak” on August 28th. Our fake blogger here is often amusingly unoriginal]