September 15, 2003
meeting of the five permanent members of the Security
Council in Geneva
ended without any progress. France and Germany,
showing little concern for Iraq's future, call for a timetable
for US withdrawal from Iraq, instead of holding the US
to account on its call for a timetable
new poll shows that most
Iraqis are hopeful about the country's future.
They are worried more about political reconstruction rather
than the economic. This further proves that what Iraq
and Iraqis really need above all else is help in walking,
what appears to them to be, the long road to democracy.
is making progress in restoring
oil production, as the security problem begins
to improve. Further signs that security is getting better
in Iraq came as Powell
felt safe enough to take a tour of the country,
visiting, amongst other places, Halabja the Kurdish town
that was gassed by Saddam Hussein in 1988.
in Iraq is picking up pace, with an Indonesian
company beginning oil and gas exploration.
It is thought that Bush is likely to get the $87
billion from Congress, with over $20
billion set to be spent on rebuilding Iraq.