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Iraqi Refugees Have Nowhere to Go

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Posted on Aug 30, 2007
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The BBC explores the refugee crisis in Iraq, where camps for displaced civilians are filling up and, in some cases, closing due to horrendous conditions.

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By cyrena, September 5, 2007 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment

I like the idea of finding space for them in Texas, (and there is plenty of space) but that would also be the most painful of ironies, like taking them out of the fire, and putting them back in the frying pan for a much slower burn, and extended misery.

You’d have to remove 99% of the current population, (which might not be all that bad)in order to accommodate the refugees in anything close to a humanitarian way. They don’t do much humanity in Texas.

So, I think it would be better to give them back their own nation, and provide whatever funds they need to rebuild it in the way that only they can decide.

Of course we have to get our military out of there first.

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By boggs, September 5, 2007 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment

Texas, the home of Turd Blossoms and War Profits. Money rules over humanity!
Money rules over reason and good sense!
Corporate greed and corporate welfare are alive and well in Texas.

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By nefertiti, September 5, 2007 at 3:04 am Link to this comment

2 million of them are in Axis of evil Syria (of all countries ) and this is a big burden on poor syria without resources . they are allowed to work and many get basic benefits , food and free education for their kids and teens at UNI>  they also get free medical care until their situation is sorted .

one million in Jordan (not allowed to work ) kids allowed to go to school only THIS year , been 3 years without . many 12 and 10 years old missed basic elementary education since 2003.
a few thousands in the EU , Egypt , Oman , And Lebanon too .

How about Britain and US , surely those nations cared so much about them and their freedom , they should have opened their doors wide open or at least helped syria cope with free food , clothes , blanket and medicine . but no, syria is on the axis of evil List .  How about Friendly saudi Arabia the source of OUR problems in the middle east , sleeping with the enemi and providing extremism in the Arab world ??

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By mackTN, September 4, 2007 at 11:46 am Link to this comment

Hmmm—Texas, good idea!  But you know the Secret Service would nix that—I can’t believe any representative sample of Iraquis have good feelings toward President Bush.  They would be viewed as security risks.

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By boggs, September 3, 2007 at 11:29 am Link to this comment

I think we should give all displaced Iraqi’s a home in Texas. That would be with full amenities, you know health care and food stamps and a nice housing allowance!
Little George, you could save your image, you better think about this!

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By mackTN, September 2, 2007 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment

Cyrena—

I’m still nauseated over the senseless aggression—careless, thoughtless—of this country toward another.  Bush kept saying all along that the Iraqui people weren’t enemies—so all these millions who’ve died and others whose lives have been destroyed—just collateral damage, I suppose.

Not to mention the soldiers who are committing all kinds of atrocities under Bush command.  Many whom feel they have no choice but to defend themselves. 

My only criticism of the film was that it excluded the media from its scrutiny—perhaps that’s a film unto itself.

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By Don Stivers, September 2, 2007 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

Where is the JUSTICE?  How can a criminal start a war and then walk away from it just because he is the President of the United States at the end of his terms?

Aren’t people punished who mistakenly cause an accident with an automobile.  Isn’t it called involuntary manslaughter?  This war and its results are at least voluntary manslaughter.

Where do these people get off?  We (the United States) destroyed people.  We did not just knock off a dictator! 

The United States and its coalition of the willing owe these people.  We owe them big time.  We need to hand over our leaders to the people of Iraq and let THEM decide what to do with the people who visited this disaster on the Iraqi people.  And then pay for the repair of their infrastructure.

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By Jkoch, September 2, 2007 at 10:27 am Link to this comment
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One part of me says, “Give them all visas and 24 months of food stamps and vouchers for rent and tuition.”  But Red America hates any handout, or the idea of 2 million new Americans who worship Allah.  Some even hate people who follow a different (errant) version of Christianity.

Another part of me recognizes that most of those 2 million only want to go home in peace, but cannot, and have no desire to come to the US or foresake their culture.  A share of those who became refugees here would never adjust and resent the supposedly generous host.  The refugees could be a fuse for a long term blow-back.

The ideal solution is the one that is simply not there: a peaceful, stable Iraq with fraternal relations among sect and ethnic group.  A quick US exit might remove one caustic element, but not guarantee any reconciliation.  It is no consolation to “just blame Bush.”

Were the US simply to offer a cash settlement (aka reparation) of $1,000 / year to every Iraqi, that would be less than half the aggregate annual cost of the occupation.  It would also be less corrupt than trying to channel equivalent assistance through rat hole government programs or graft projects.  Unfortunately, this would embitter the contractors and Pentagon beneficiaries who get much of the current money, and offer no means for the approving politicians to be reimbursed by campaign contributions.

Meanwhile, our great media keep the refugee crisis in the nether region and persuade most Americans to vent their rage over an athlete’s mistreatment of dogs or convince them that 9/11 justifies some blanket act of revenge against “those people.”

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By cyrena, September 1, 2007 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

98112 by mackTN,

Mack,

I’m so pleased that you were able to see the documentary, “No End in Sight”. I know too well, how sickening it is to watch, and if you have an “opportunity” to see “Iraq in Fragments”, (which isn’t the least bit ‘political’) it will unfortunately break your heart as well.

The paradox is undeniably cruel of course, but it’s still important that you were able to see it, and then writesuch an excellent review.

I hope this will encourage others to see it as well.

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By mackTN, September 1, 2007 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment

Yesterday I saw the doctumentary “No End in Sight,” a riveting and nauseating chronicle of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq.  Nearly every 10 minutes, I had to stifle the drive to leave the theater—whenever Rumsfeld appeared, I wanted to throw my shoe (a delightful Iraqui custom) at the screen.  Sitting through all that was a punishment, self-inflicted, but instead of feeling purified at the end like those spiritualists who believe self-flagellation leads to catharsis, I felt dirty and guilty.  As did most others who sat with me in the dark on a Friday afternoon.

We did all this for “free elections”?  Bullshit.  What good are free elections when no one is left to vote?  Although the documentarians never explicitly stated this—I formed a conclusion from the sequence of statements and information delivered in the beginning of that film, which is:  This small group of deciders who promoted and planned this war seized upon 9/11 as an opportunity to justify taking control of Iraq so that the U.S. could build a base in the Mideast, in an oil-rich country, and in closer proximity to those who would disrupt American economic interests.  This small group of Bush loyalists—3-4 men and woman—used others in his administration and party to promote this war.  In the month after the invasion, this administration allowed that country to fall apart, protecting only one insitution—oil.  Everything else, including antiquities, were permitted to disappear.  The Iraqui army was ready to establish peace, Jay Garner, a longtime pro with reconstruction tactics, had them at the ready.  But Bush/Rumsfeld send Bremer to fire them all, reduce them to impoverished heads of families—with guns.  This administration created the insurgency they now use to justify staying even longer.  Take away a country full of people’s ability to make a living, live in homes that were once supported by electricity, phones, etc—and what do you expect?  What would you yourself do?

I for one want someone to answer the questions posed by this film.  Democratic leadership should insist that the administration address these questions before they simply cough up billions more dollars.  If I worked for Bush, I’d be quitting, too, eager to leave the scene of the crime before all hell breaks loose. 

As for the refugees, we have tons of jobs that Americans apparently don’t want to do.  This administration was set to naturalize 20 million illegal immigrants so I guess we have enough room for some refugees.  Perhaps Bush is afraid of the stories they’d tell once they were here and that’s why he’s been begging Jordan and Saudi Arabia to please take them.  Disgusting.

Where is that impeachment petition?

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By Outraged, August 31, 2007 at 11:08 pm Link to this comment

The American people would NEVER do this to the Iraqi people.  There are THOSE is America who would, but not the majority.  That’s why the polls have flip-flopped.  Now that more people know the truth.

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By boggs, August 31, 2007 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment

Thank the MORON in the Whitehouse, who to this day thinks he has just done them a huge favor by killing their family members and bombing out their towns and infrastructure.
They not only had homes and jobs and schools before we came, but they also had all utility services.

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By Don Stivers, August 31, 2007 at 5:05 pm Link to this comment

The United States owes these people.  Where is the outrage.  I don’t think freedom is worth this.  And it was shoved on these peoples.

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By TheEnd, August 31, 2007 at 10:41 am Link to this comment
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There will never be enough Bono’s. - TheEnd

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